Golf course manager sets out to prove 'Jurassic Park-like' alligator is real

The giant "Jurassic Park-like" alligator that made headlines earlier this week when it strolled across a golf green in Florida is 100 per cent real, according to the manager of the golf course.

Ken Powell posted a second video showing a close-up view of the beast to put speculation about the authenticity of the sightings to rest.

Ken Powell took a much closer video of the gator. Photo:
Ken Powell took a much closer video of the gator. Photo:

The huge gator can be seen walking slowly across the grass from a much closer angle.

After the release of the first clip on Tuesday, some viewers believed the massive gator was a fake, claiming the animal was simply two people wearing a crocodile costume.

The original video was recorded by amateur golfer Charles Helms during a visit to the Buffalo Creek Golf Course in Florida.



In contrast to the skeptics, employees of the golf course said the gator was a regular guest.

“They want to see so they will bring spectators to ride so somebody can get a picture,” staff member Wendy told local News 3.

The original video had viewers second-guessing its authenticity. Photo: Charles Helms
The original video had viewers second-guessing its authenticity. Photo: Charles Helms

“He doesn't bother anybody and they don't bother him, he's like a mascot for the course.”

Alligators are common in Florida and this isn’t the first time one has been spotted relaxing on a golf course.

In 2015, Dick Huber captured a photo on the 7th hole at Myakka Pines Golf Club in Florida.

Dick Huber's photos taken in 2015.
Dick Huber's photos taken in 2015.

In this instance the gator wandered from one pond to another and stopped to take a quick break on the green.

At another Florida golf course on Easter Sunday, golfer Barbara Mossop filmed two alligators fighting on the green.

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