Gator chomping on fish at Gardens golf course goes viral [VIDEO]

Palm Beach Gardens’ Sandhill Crane Golf Club is next to the Loxahatchee Slough and not far from the J.W. Corbett Wildlife Management Area. (Sarah Peters/The Palm Beach Post)

The video of an alligator feasting on a big fish Saturday afternoon at the Sandhill Crane Golf Club in Palm Beach Gardens has gone global.

Dave Mack said Monday he’s been fielding phone calls from London and Paris from news outlets who are interested in the video he shot Saturday at the course on Northlake Boulevard.

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The Daily Mail ran the video with the headline: “Filet on the fairway! Enormous alligator chows down on giant fish out on the golf course.” Barstool Sports posted the video to its own Instagram account, where it had about 1.2 million views and nearly 3,000 comments by Monday afternoon.

“It was cool,” Mack said. “I took the video without thinking, the next thing you know, it’s in London. It’s crazy how that works.”

It all started with Mother’s Day trip home. Mack, now of Miami, said he was home visiting his parents in Palm Beach Gardens. He and his dad were playing a round at the course when they heard the gator make his catch at the ninth hole, he said.

“We heard a splash and looked down, and the gator had the fish,” Mack said.

Mack said he was about eight feet from the alligator, which he estimates was between eight and 10 feet long, when he shot the video. His dad can be heard in the video saying, “Get the picture and get out of here, David.”

So how was the rest of the round of golf? “I barely remember,” Mack said after a laugh. Too much excitement.

He said he’s used to seeing alligators on the golf course, where they sometimes make themselves at home. That’s especially true at the Sandhill Crane Golf Club, which borders the Loxahatchee Slough.

Sandhill crane, deer, bobcats and alligators have been spotted at the course. The course is on the west end of Northlake Boulevard, not far from the J.W. Corbett Wildlife Management Area.

The city added docks to the lakes a few years ago to give the alligators a place to sunbathe away from the greens. The alligator in the video and the others that frequent the golf course will stay, city spokeswoman Candice Temple said.

“We have several. They’re not aggressive, but we do warn people not to approach them,” Temple said.

Charlotte Presensky, special projects director at the golf course, said she usually sees the alligators feeding on turtles, not fish.

An adult alligator’s diet includes rough fish, along with snakes, turtles, small mammals and birds, according to the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission.

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