Onlookers were shocked to see this massive gator crossing a trail in a country park in Lakeland, Florida last week.
The alligator was caught on camera by Kim Joiner among the brave hikers at Circle B Park. The giant reptile was estimated at a whopping 13-15 feet long!
Nearly as long as an SUV, the alligator was filmed sauntering from one marsh to another while shocking nearby onlookers.
Park regular Kristi Buckley was out for a morning walk with her husband were witness to this amazing creature and snapped a few photos in time.
“My husband and I are calling him Godzilla” – Kristi Buckley
This particular alligator has been spotted around Circle B Park for decades and is referred to by locals as “The Big Humpback” for his unusually tall and looming stature.
The trails on this protected expanse of land are a popular spot for hikers and photographers for the often rare and unusual sightseeing.
Kristi Buckley went on to tell local reporters:
“I probably should have been a little more afraid than I was, I was just so inspired to see this creature.”
Inspiring is right. The prehistoric looking creature is a callback to the days of dinosaurs, a time humans weren’t witness to – but caught a sneak peak last week with a visit from this massive reptile.
Featured Image via screenshot from YouTube video