Update: _Well, Wemhoff deleted the video almost instantly. The still image will have to do for now. _
There's no real need to fly a drone a couple feet above the jaws of a waiting alligator, but damn if it doesn't create one hell of a video.
The potential disturbance of wildlife is one of the reasons why the National Parks Service has banned drones in National Parks, and it's something we've touched on before: Where's the line between merely using drones to monitor wildlife and using it to bother a moose or an alligator?
Videographer Scott Wemhoff said he happened upon the alligator while he was in Houston filming a video about paintball:
"I've never seen a gator before in the wild … I wanted to see if I could get some cool video of such a large animal. I paid close attention the the gator's every move so I could escape in time," he told me. "Once I saw it perch up for an attack…I quickly backed off and ended up with some cool footage!"
From the looks of it, Wemhoff came a foot or two away from learning an expensive lesson about how high alligators can jump. I'm not sure of the nutritional value of a hunk of plastic and electronic components, but it probably doesn't have a whole lot of vitamins.