A group outing took a scary, but not totally unexpected, turn in Florida the other day.
On widely shared video first posted by TikTok user @capecoral.jade last week and on Instagram over the weekend, an alligator makes a surprise cameo.
The social media users’ clip, shot in the Everglades, starts out nice and slow. A man is quietly fishing with a small piece of bait off the edge of a storm drain.
In the murky water you can see a small fish darting about as rain falls.
The caption merely says, “Wait for it.” Then again: “Wait for it.”
Just as the video is about to close, over to the man’s left, you can clearly make out the shape of a large alligator in the water, coming out of nowhere. The reptile is motionless, but appears to be giving the human a side-eye.
“That’s plastic,” a woman screams, then curses. “Holy s----! Oh. My. God!”
“I’m like shaking,” says another woman.
The caption on the video that has more than two million likes: “Florida Everglades never fails to amuse and terrify,” with a wide eyed emoji. “#bornandraisedinthesouth.”