Watch Alligator Turn on Jets to Give Swimmer a Warning Chomp

by Jon D. B.

Dear Reader: Alligators are not slow. In fact, they are remarkably fast both on land and in water. Don’t be like this guy and find out the hard way.

Firstly, it will forever shock and amaze how many humans are willing to swim in alligator-laden waters. No outdoorsman is ever going to stay inside just because there are bears in the wild. The same goes for surfers and sharks. But neither of these is a small enclosed ecosystem. The majority of alligator habitats are. Which makes swimming in their territory like walking through a thicket where you can’t see your hand in front of your face that you know is full of mountain lions but, hey, could be fun, right?

As this recent clip from Brazil shows: No. It is not, in fact, fun.

While swimming in Camp Grande, Brazil over the weekend, this anonymous gentleman found out the hard way how much faster alligators can swim than us humans. Spoiler alert: it’s not even close to a contest.

It appears that the man is completely unaware of his monstrous company at first. But by the time he is, it’s too late. The alligator kicks into overdrive and literally torpedoes directly for the swimming man – only to chomp down onto his torso.

We’re not sure how, but the guy manages to break free. He then swims to shore with minimal bleeding without the alligator pursuing him. You’ve got to see this one for yourself:

In short: Holy hell, this guy is lucky to be alive.

Or, as TMZ captions the footage above, “And you thought ‘Lake Placid’ was just a movie (and also an actual place)… Think again!!”

Is It Just Us… Or Are Alligator Attacks on the Rise?

If you’ve been with us here at Outsider for a while, then you know that alligator attacks are not uncommon. In fact, they’ve become a large part of life for the Southeastern United States – and beyond. This is to say nothing of the hundreds of crocodilian fatalities worldwide, either.

Gator fatalities, however, are exceptionally rare in the United States, thankfully. But they do occur. To get an idea of how “common” such attacks are, we looked to the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission.

According to the institution, there have been 413 unprovoked alligator attacks in Florida from 1948 to 2019. Looking at the last 10 years, there have been 7 unprovoked gator bites per year (on average) that required reported medical treatment.

In that same time span (1948-2019), there were 25 human fatalities by alligators in Florida. All of this means that if you live in Florida, the likelihood of dying from an alligator attack is roughly 1 in 3.1 million, the data says. The chances are similar for Louisianans, too, despite recent tragedies.

Yet none of this seems to gel with 2021. On Outsider alone, we’ve reported on literal dozens of alligator attacks (and even a few fatalities) this year alone. And if that sounds like a rabbit hole you’d like to dive into, well, we’ve got you covered as always.