Florida man bit by alligator while diving for balls


In case "Sharknado 2: The Second One" wasn't enough of a reason for you to avoid the water, this ought to do the trick.

A South Florida man who dives for golf balls for a living was attacked by an alligator on Wednesday at the Bonaventure Country Club in Weston. 

Stephen Martinez, 51, was diving in a lake near the second hole when an alligator, estimated to be between eight- and nine-feet long, bit into his left arm. Martinez managed to get away, swam to safety, and drove back in a golf cart to the club's pro shop, where 911 was called.

Although he was taken to an area hospital and treated for six deep puncture wounds, Martinez, who was also attacked by a gator in 2006, kept a very level-headed attitude about the whole ordeal and said he has no plans to quit his job.

"The gator was just being a gator, and I was in the wrong place at the wrong time," he said. "I don't know if it's the thrill of the chase or just my job but, it's great exercise ... I'll do it again."

In the understatement of the century, Bonaventure course manager Randy Weber added, "It didn't look like it felt very well."

The gator was captured later that day by the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission and will be relocated.