Jurassic Park Trends After Photos Of Massive Florida Gator Go Viral

Photos and video of an absolutely enormous alligator in Florida have gone viral, causing Steven Spielberg’s Jurassic Park to trend on social media.

Jurassic Park started trending on social media thanks to photos of a massive alligator on a Florida golf course going viral. Over the years, the Jurassic Park films have had an enormous impact on the public’s understanding of dinosaurs, with specific types gaining notoriety.

It’s hard to say exactly which dinosaur was more widely regarded after Steven Spielberg’s 1993 blockbuster – the T-Rex or the Velociraptor. Both camps of ancient reptiles have their dedicated fan base, and each played a substantial role in Jurassic Park. As time moved on and more films arrived, the sequels’ types of dinosaurs became one of the franchise’s most significant selling points. Eventually, with the arrival of Jurassic World in 2016, the need to include fictitious dinosaurs into the franchise became a reality. The new trilogy offers a mixture of both fictional and real dinosaurs, ranging from the very made up Indominus Rex to the very real Carnotaurus. With fantasy and reality blending to create a world of fascinating dinosaurs, it’s no wonder some fans can’t get enough of the ancient creatures.

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While Jurassic fans eagerly await the arrival of the next installment in the franchise, a recent sighting of a particularly spectacular alligator has gained plenty of attention. During the recent Tropical Storm Eta, a Florida golf course became a quiet place for a stroll for an alligator so giant that it has to be seen to be believed. Photos and video of the massive beast quickly went viral, with some arguing that it was a fake. However, the alligator is very real, and the references to Jurassic Park became so commonplace that the film is now trending on social media. Twitter user @MattDevittWINK posted the following photos, proving there’s no doubt at all that is one Jurassic-era looking reptile:

The state of Florida is home to some 1.3 million alligators, which have shorter, more rounded snouts than crocodiles. The teeth of alligators also disappear from view when their mouths are closed, unlike their crocodile kin. The Florida Everglades is the only place on earth where both alligators and crocodiles co-exist. And despite alligators being so commonplace in Florida, this latest sighting shocked even locals. For some time now, there have been rumors of new dinosaurs arriving in Jurassic World: Dominion, and a recent photo from the upcoming film shows off a lystrosaurus. This creature has yet to be seen in the big screen Jurassic universe.

The fact that Jurassic Park began trending on social media after this giant gator was spotted is proof of just how popular Spielberg’s franchise has become. It’s phenomenal to see such a considerable specimen captured in photos and on video, even if it really isn’t a dinosaur. Hopefully, Dominion’s arrival can excite both the internet and fans of the beloved dinosaur franchise in the same way as this alligator going about its day has.

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Source: Matt Devitt via Twitter

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