A great day of paddleboarding took a spooky turn in Silver Springs State Park in central Florida last week.
In videos posted on her Facebook, adventurer Vicki Reamy Baker shows an alligator getting a little bit, a lot, too close for more comfort.
“What are you doing? Get away from me!” she says as the reptile approaches the small boat near Ocala. ” Oh shit ! Oh no! Go away!”
Baker pushes the alligator away with his oar and hisses back.
“Why are you making fun of me?” The Florida woman asks the alligator. “Why are you trying to bite me?” “
“Ma’am, I would suggest backing off since you just drove him pretty crazy,” one man said off camera.
“Someone fed this one and made it very dangerous. He tried to bite my board, ”Baker wrote in the caption.
Baker’s Facebook page has various photos taken by eyewitnesses that show how close the alligator got and how big he was (about the size of the paddleboard itself).
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Its new cover photo shows the animal’s muzzle against the edge of the boat.
In the comments section, some people said the paddleboarder harassed the alligator.
Either way, when you step out on any body of water in Florida, you face some wildlife hazard.
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The Miami Herald contacted the park and Baker, but did not immediately receive a response. The fate of the alligator is unclear.
“The Silver River flows five miles from the source to its confluence with the Ocklawaha River, completely within the boundaries and protection of Silver Springs State Park,” reads the canoe rental section. of the website. “The river offers a wide, wild and scenic paddle through the heart of Florida.”