Any time you venture out into the wild, you know that there’s an inherent risk of running into some predatory wildlife. Still, many of us may underestimate just how well some of nature’s most fearsome predators can camouflage themselves… and how fast they can be.

Peter Joyce was kayaking along the Waccamaw River in North Carolina over the weekend when out of nowhere came an alligator likely defending its territory from this strange long boat. Peter kept a camera on, perhaps to simply capture some of the beautiful sights and sounds of nature around him, but instead, he captured a moment that has had thousands of people holding their breath right along with him.

Don’t worry — Peter wasn’t injured during the encounter, and even his kayak managed to escape undamaged. Now that the harrowing incident is over, he has one heck of a story to tell and the video footage to back it up.

Check out the clip below, and see if you can spot the gator before it rushes forward:


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