PHOTO: Gator swims above manatee

Photo courtesy Dana Menk

(WFLA) – Dana Menk was driving home on a cold day in January 2014 when she made a pit stop at Blue Spring State Park.

Menk snapped this photo and shared it this November. “I really hope more people see Florida’s natural beauty,” she told News Channel 8.

The photo shows an alligator swimming above a manatee. “Knew there would be lots of manatees in the spring run but never expected to see the gator swimming along, for about 20 yards right over the manatee and her calf,” Menk said.

Menk said she’s never seen anything like this in her more than 40 years in Florida. She clarified she doesn’t believe the gator was actually on top of the manatee, but rather was swimming right above it. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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