WATCH: Florida Golfer Not Deterred by 7-Foot Alligator

Sheriff's officials said the alligator believed to be responsible for the attack was captured and destroyed. File Photo by David Tulis/UPI
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A 7-foot alligator did not deter a golfer from his game on Wednesday afternoon in Orlando, Florida.

Steel Lafferty, a professional wakeboarder, said the reptile walked right by him as he continued golfing.

“I wakeboard professionally so I’m always in the water and I’ve kind of been around gators my whole life. There was a bit of a worry, but it seemed like he was doing his own thing so I let him go,” he commented.

Lafferty posted video of the incident to his Instagram account with a caption that read “Golfing in Florida is just different.”

He said the alligator eventually approached a nearby lake and dove into the water.

Lafferty is known in the golfing community for his viral videos, one of which shows him standing on top of a boat as a friend tosses him golf balls to hit into the water.


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“Note to self: Don’t hit the ball with the shaft when doing trick shots, but if you do make sure you’re filming it!” the caption read.

In July of 2017, Breitbart News reported that an alligator bit the toes off of a homeless man taking a bath in a pond in Port Charlotte, Florida.

“Residents say the reptile, which is nine feet long, had hung out in the storm water treatment basin before but never attacked anybody,” the report said.

On Monday, Breitbart News reported a recent video taken by Florida residents showed gators climbing fences and swimming in flooded roads.

“One minute I’m just looking around waiting for traffic light to turn green and than next thing I knew I see this gator coming towards me on my passenger side lol,” wrote Roger Light Jr. who saw one of the animals swimming in the road next to his vehicle.

“In that instance, a Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission spokesperson confirmed that a bystander got the alligator out of the way of the intersection before it got trapped,” the report concluded.


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