Police on Treasure Island Beach tried to round up a large gator...and found it was a sculpture made of sand.
A video shows an officer poking the tail and discovering that it was just a very realistic work of art. Lucky him!
"We love the talented people creating works of art in the sand," the police department's Facebook post said. "But with it being turtle nesting season, remember to flatten sandcastles/sculptures before you leave."
One commenter said the artist even used seaweed to give the gator a greenish color.
On their Facebook page, the Treasure Island (Fl) Police Department wrote:
Crikey! Look at the size of that gator one of our officers tried rounding up on Treasure Island Beach last night!
Ok, it wasn’t a real gator, it was just a crafty crafted sand sculpture.
Oh, that reminds us. We love the talented people creating works of art in the sand, but with it being turtle nesting season, remember to flatten sandcastles/sculptures before you leave. The sea turtles will thank you!