POLICE DISCOVER GIANT, SLEEPING ALLIGATOR ON FLORIDA BEACH, BUT IT WAS REALLY JUST A SCULPTURE
I love art. Well, not bad art. But I love the idea of art. And sometimes art is misleading and gets you to make assumptions that challenge your perceptions. But it’s even better when those assumptions are unintentional (or are they, really?). I’m not sure what the case is here, but it’s odd and funny enough for people to enjoy. Police patrolling the beach in Treasure Island, Florida discovered what appeared to be a giant, sleeping alligator in the sand. But when they investigated a little closer they realized it was actually just a well-detailed sand sculpture.
POLICE HAD TO FLATTEN THE SLEEPING ALLIGATOR SCULPTURE FOR PUBLIC AND FUANA SAFETY
Alligators are pretty common in that area (Florida!), though they don’t tend to wander onto local beaches to have a snooze. So at first police thought this was really an area apex predator they had to confront one way or the other. Instead, they had to confront their own perceptions, which usually would be harder to do. But instead they just had to flatten it out, which is not remotely as challenging as wrangling a giant, angry alligator that just woke up. But why did they ruin the art? Well, in part as a public service.
SLEEPING ALLIGATOR OR ANY SAND SCULPTURE COULD BLOCK SEA TURTLES FROM LAYING THEIR EGGS
For one, they flattened out the giant alligator art piece for the sake of the public. I can imagine someone’s grandparent out for their morning stroll and having a heart attack or falling and breaking a hip. But it’s also sea turtle mating season right now in Florida, and a giant sleeping alligator sculpture is just the kind of obstruction that could stop dedicated sea turtles from digging their nests to lay their eggs. So anyone making sand castles (or art like a giant alligator) need to flatten them out before they leave the beach.