One homeowner in Sarasota County, Florida, was horrified to see they weren't the only ones enjoying their swimming pool. The Sarasota County sheriff's office answered the call for help when an 11-foot-long alligator was found basking in a residential pool.
Yes, you read that correctly: ELEVEN FEET.
There's a lot to unpack here. For instance, how did the gator get in through a screen door?
Turns out Floridians are pretty used to patio screens not... well... screening:
I mean, vinyl screening is pretty easy to tear. The only thing lanai/screens do is keep out insects and leaves. Also, gators in pools are more common in Florida than you would think.— John Maddened (@JMaddened) April 1, 2018
The screens on a pool cage are to keep out leaves and insects...not 11 foot alligators. They kind of go wherever they want.— GW Hughes (@Al_Solzhenitsyn) April 1, 2018
Kim, this is actually a pretty common thing in Florida. Screens do not stop gators, and gators like pools— ImpeachmentIsComing (@Veterans_Resist) April 1, 2018
Instances like these might be commonplace in the Sunshine State, but those unfamiliar were pretty disturbed:
When I was a child and watched the movie Alligator and the friends prank the birthday boy into jumping in the pool at night with the lights off then as he is about to fall, lights on and alligator has his mouth wide open, omg the worst nightmare, so its not just a movie?— Cescüi (@Cescui) April 1, 2018
Petition to rename Florida The Danger Zone. Or alternatively, America's Australia— Kenny Log In (@thedangerzoneHQ) April 1, 2018
Fortunately the Sarasota Sheriff's Department was quick to act, and the pool is safe for humans again. Though they may want to clean it just to be sure.