If you ever happen to spot a gator, your initial reaction may be to flee. That’s probably the sanest when you encounter one of these modern dinosaurs. They’re massive, their chomp can break your bones, and they can eat you whole if they’re large enough.
It’s not a creature of nature you want to get playful with. However, this Texas man decides that he does want to play. He starts performing a suit experiment during which he wears an alligator-like suit on his back. It’s not what you might imagine initially.
It’s not one of those full-body costumes. No, this one seems a little bit more makeshift. The video starts as a large, lifted truck pulls up with the words “gator country” plastered on the driver and passenger side doors.
Then, it shows you an image of an alligator in the water being the ominous creature it is. Next, the driver of the large, lifted truck steps out of the vehicle and lands on the dirt. He’s wearing blue jeans and brown boots with the Texas flag imprinted on them.
That’s Texas for you! Proud in every sense of the word. Then, the video goes back to the image of the gator in the water — except this time, what you discover is that it’s not actually the original gator in the water. It’s the man in the suit.
You realize the remarkable resemblance once you see the suit in action. Once the man is in the water, the suit completely conceals his body. He comes up out of the water, his blue eyes and light skin camouflaged with black paint he’s spread over his face. He’s wearing black clothes and a black hat as well.
Then the man starts narrating. His name is Gary. He explains the immense love he has for this work. He says, “It’s a deadly job, but I can’t see myself doing anything else.” Talk about passion! Gary goes on to introduce Big Al, the largest alligator in the state.
Gary is known for catching alligators in the wild. He knows that there’s nothing more dangerous than looking like an alligator. These are territorial creatures. He won’t go unnoticed — the alligator will challenge the perceived threat.
Gary acknowledges that it would have zero issues making a meal out of him. Yet, he still approaches the alligator while its mouth is gaping open. He even gives that gator a kiss. For the real action, you have to watch the video.
How Dangerous Are Alligators?
Even though watching the news might make it feel like alligator attacks are commonplace, there have actually been just 401 registered alligator bites in Florida (which is often seen at the alligator capitol of the world) since 1948 — that’s only around 5 per year!
Alligators are fast swimmers but they prefer to prey that is an easy target. In fact, alligators are usually scared of humans!
However, when alligators do decide to engage, they can run at speeds up to 30 miles per hour (MPH) on land. In the water, where they struggle to see, they can swim up to 20 MPH.
While in the above video it might seem like alligators are slow-moving and sedentary creatures, this perceived laziness is actually them purposely conserving energy.
So, even though it is rare for an alligator to attack a human, you’d be wise to not test fate! The American alligator has one of the world’s strongest bite forces; its bite force strength is next after the Nile crocodile, great white shark, and saltwater crocodile – ouch!
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