GATOR GOLF

My father used to tell me stories of when he was young during his visits through the southern United States. In those days, alligators were so scarce that hardly anyone saw them. Now, thanks to wildlife conservation laws, the alligators are everywhere with their populations booming. Alligator numbers are so large that they have learned to coexist with their human neighbors. One such example are several golf courses that have become overrun by alligators. Fortunately, the gators and the golfers have a mutual understanding. The golfers stay on the green while the gators stay in the water. However, every so often, the alligators would leave their lakes and ponds in order to seek out new territory and mates. When this happens, the golfers just get out of the alligators’ way and resume golfing when the gators are gone. I like that there is understanding between humans and alligators in these golf courses.

When you see those alligators walking across the golf course minding their own business, it definitely reminds you of a dinosaur. This is not far from the truth because alligators and dinosaurs share a common ancestry. The dinosaurs may be gone, but their blood ties endure in their bird descendants and crocodilian cousins. After watching the gators in this video, I wonder what it would have been like if the gators were as big as the prehistoric crocodilians such as Deinosuchus or Sarcosuchus. That would make them three times the size of the gators in this video.

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