The below video shows a huge alligator at the end of a fishing line. It wasn’t a catfish or a garfish that showed up on the end of the fishing line when a dad and his daughter got a big shock while out fishing together in Louisiana.
Lance Burgos began pedaling away fast as soon as he saw the huge jaws of an alligator emerge from the dark water, according to NOLA.com.
As soon as Burgos began pulling up the fishing noodle that he had used as a bobber from the water, he smartly warned his daughter to keep her hand away from the surface of the water. It’s a good thing he did, because no sooner than his 11-year-old daughter Evan pulled her hand away did the jaws of the huge alligator surface.
On YouTube, the video that Lance uploaded on April 10 is going viral. There are currently more than 1.2 million views on the video, whose description tells exactly where Burgos and his daughter spotted the alligator.
“See what I found on a noodle near our campsite. It wasn’t what I expected. Kayaking and camping at Lake Fausse Point State Park, St. Martinville, La., will never be the same. Shot with GoPro Hero 3 on the afternoon of April 9, 2016, near Pack or Paddle Site 5.”
Lance was not only with his daughter, Evan, but they were joined by Lance’s friend, Todd Politz, and his daughter Samantha.
The park is near the Atchafalaya Basin, which is also known as the Atchafalaya Swamp. It’s the biggest swamp and wetland in America, found in south central Louisiana, and it is apparently teeming with gators. Lance estimates that the alligator who made a surprise appearance in his video was larger than his 13-foot boat.
“I was in a 13-foot Hobie Outback, and that thing had 3 foot of head that was a foot and a half across. I thought it was a big garfish. My daughter and I got back from camp [Sunday], and when we went to bed, we both said, ‘We’re going to have nightmares about this.'”
Now Lance knows that it wasn’t a garfish that poked its big jaws out of the water after the four of them camped and hiked and went for a fishing outing on Saturday afternoon.
The pool noodle had been used as a bob, and it bobbed up and down. Curiosity led the foursome to check out what was making the noodle bob up and down, and they soon discovered the alligator was the culprit.
Burgos tried to pull up the noodle, and when Lance felt pressure, he knew it was a big “something” causing the resistance. That’s when Burgos warned his daughter to keep her hand back right before the alligator emerged, with huge teeth that could give anyone a fright. After dropping everything, he paddled away very fast as Evan cried behind her dad.
The too-close-for-comfort encounter with the alligator is being called terrifying by those who witnessed just how close the dad and daughter came to the alligator’s scary mouth and teeth and strong jaws.
Reactions to the alligator video are pouring into social media.
“People go fishing. Alligators go humaning.”
“If I ever go fishing I don’t think I want to fish there.”
“Haters gonna hate – Potatoes gonna potate – Waiters gonna wait -Alligators gonna Alligate.”
Videos of alligator encounters are popular on the web. The first photo above shows an alligator that was found in a storm drain in Seminole, Florida. That incident occurred on Friday, October 23, 2015, with wildlife officials in Florida taking the female alligator to ultimately end up in an alligator farm.
[Photo by Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office/AP Images]