Real or fake? Gator hitches ride on manatee

ORANGE CITY, Fla. — It may have been just great timing, or something else, but a woman in Florida says she got a once-in-a-lifetime shot of a gator hitchhiking on a manatee.

Dana Menk posted the amazing photo to the

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as part of a photo contest.

 

Alligator swimming atop manatee entering Blue Spring State Park. By Dana Menk

Posted by MyFWC on Wednesday, November 30, 2016

A Fish and Wildlife spokeswoman said that the gator was just swimming over the manatee, instead of actually riding it in the Blue Spring State Park, when Menk snapped the photo,

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The spokeswoman said that both species live in similar habitats and it isn't unusual to see them in the same area, but reminded that gators are not a threat to manatees.