Photos: Massive Dinosaur-Sized Alligator Caught on Camera During Hurricane Eta

by Madison Miller
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Florida residents may have just felt closer to the movie “Crawl” than they probably ever wanted. A recent alligator sighting has Twitter comparing the massive beast to a dinosaur.

“Crawl” is a 2019 film about a daughter and father surviving a massive group of alligators hunting them. These enormous alligators quite literally tear through the community ripping people apart limb-by-limb in a gruesome display of what is probably many Florida residents’ worst nightmare.

The Hurricane ETA Beast

This morning, Matt Devitt a meteorologist for WINK News in Florida, tweeted these photos.

The alligator appears to be minding its own business, and possibly even looking both ways before crossing. However, it is definitely a shocking sight even for Florida residents.

The photos of the dinosaur-sized reptile show that it is especially longer than traditionally seen alligators with a thick, long tail.

Tropical Storm ETA made landfall in Florida early this morning.

“In addition to tropical-storm-force winds and up to hurricane-force gusts, much of western and central Florida will receive another 1 to 3 inches of rainfall through Thursday,” according to CNN.

The storm could wash away bridges and damage piers and also apparently cause alligators to wander from their normal refuge.

Largest Recorded Alligator

In 2017, National Geographic reported on large alligator sightings.

“The largest published size record for the American alligator is a 14-foot, 9.25-inch individual that was killed in Alabama in 2014 … The American alligator in the video does not look nearly as big as those record-holders and I have no reason to suspect it is a fake.”

While most female alligators don’t grow larger than 10 feet, their male counterparts are usually much larger. However, the largest recorded crocodile ever was 20.24 feet.

So, on the bright side, at least the Florida residents didn’t encounter a 20-foot crocodile.

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