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Watch: Gator or rock formation?

A viral video has netizens stumped.

The short video, which has already attracted over 9 million views on Twitter, shows what appears to be an alligator resting beside a steep rock embankment.

Two aspects of the footage have caused confusion – the fact the giant reptile is so well camoflaged with the surrounding rock, leading some to believe it could be a fossil, and the inability to gain some perspective of the animal’s size. Pre-historic alligators were much larger than their modern-day cousins – reaching up to 12 metres in length and weighing up to 8 tonnes. Today’s specimens come in at a paltry 3.5 metres and weigh about half a tonne.

‘Perception is crazy here. Could be just an actual gator under clear water lmao.’

‘A real gator. In a small creek filmed to look like a large canyon.’

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