HOMESTEAD, Fla. (CNN/WPLG) — It will never be mistaken for Steven Spielberg’s classic “Jaws,” but a video of a crocodile has gone viral.
The film came from a brave volunteer at the Florida Everglades. You could say this viral video is a croc, but there’s nothing phony about it.
“I call him Big Boy! He is a 13 ½-foot American crocodile that lives here at the outpost,” said Everglades Outpost Nature Preserve volunteer Chris Madden.
The Outpost is a nonprofit nature preserve and sanctuary in Homestead that has a vast collection of wild animals that have been rescued.
Chris wanted to get some point-of-view video of Big Boy — and maybe some attention for the Outpost — so he made a PVC housing to go on top of his new GoPro camera.
“I was just trying to get some underwater shots of him, and as soon as the camera touched the water near him, he went berserk, as you can see,” said Chris. “As soon as anything touches the water, he is in and looking to do some damage.”
This croc is native to South Florida and likes brackish water.
“They are generally kind of shy,” said Chris. “There are not nearly as many of them as there are alligators, but there is always that possibility that you could bump into one.”
Big Boy will chomp down on just about anything, but once he gets that rat into his mouth he knows its food. And it will get swallowed. As for the GoPro camera, he spit that out.
Unfortunately for Chris, the GoPro did not survive his very first camera shoot, thanks to Big Boy.
“The tooth just jammed right through the lens, and since he was in the water, it flooded and got fried,” said Chris.
He managed to distract Big Boy and fish out the camera, and a viral video was born. But Chris was out a camera.
“I had bought it the day before, and somehow — thank God — it was covered under the return policy,” said Chris. “Well, it is an action camera. They are supposed to be able to take abuse, I guess.”
Chris couldn’t believe Sports Authority had a croc warranty, but he says he doesn’t plan on pushing it.
“I seriously doubt that they will let me do it again,” he said.