Watch: Massively Big Gator Strolls Past Visitors

A massive alligator that was caught on camera near Lakeland, Fla., recently is such a big gator many think he's fake.


https://youtu.be/XhbuOFXorUY


But apparently "Humpback" is real, said the Lakeland Police Department, which posted the video of the reptile on Facebook this week. The video was shot at the Circle B Bar Reserve on Jan. 15.

The video shows the alligator crossing a pathway in front of several people under the title, "It looks like a dinosaur!"


Many wondered if the video -- which showed a big gator estimated to be more than 12 feet long -- was a hoax, but Polk County government said it is not. The county said on social media "Humpback" is real and he is not the only big gator in the preserve.

"By our standards, he's big, but nothing out of the ordinary for the preserve. If you do come across him while you're out there, please keep your distance and stay safe -- both for your safety and his." -- Polk County, Fla., government

Local TV reporter Ryan Raiche reported the county said someone had jumped from a viewing platform to get a closer look, the kind of thing the county had feared might happen when the gator video went viral online. The county urges visitors to the preserve

National Geographic says gators can get to Humpback's size; the largest published size for an American alligator is 14 feet, 9.25 inches (killed in Alabama in 2014). Gators can live more than 70 years.

So, what do you think you'd do if you met up with "Humpback."

Big gator image (screenshot from Lakeland, Fla., PD Facebook)

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