A bloke out and about with his wife had to take a second look when a huge "grunting" sea creature "built like a muscular bear" breached the water in front of him at a city park.
Joe Tiller reports was with his wife April when he saw the beast and pulled out his phone to capture a video of it "rolling it's shoulders" through the water in the Indian River North at Menard-May Park, Edgewater, Florida, in September.
Tiller described the animal as "like a bear under water," captioning his video "WTH (what the hell) is this?"
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He thought it was a very big manatee, but something was different about this beast.
“In these waters, it’s not very uncommon to see them,” Tiller told McClatchy News. “This one looked very different! It had huge muscles like shoulders on a bull! It was as if it was rolling its shoulders like a bear under water! We did not see any fur, or head, or hands and feet.”
Tiller, a boat maker, estimated that the "grunting" creature was 12 to 15 feet long.
He asked for help identifying the creature in the Birds and Wildlife in Florida Facebook group, and perhaps the most believable theory was that the animal was a manatee struggling in low tide.
Other people guessed that it may have been a bear crossing the water, but Tiller didn't see any hair on its body.
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“I can’t find any video online that shows manatees to look like this with rolling shoulders,” Tiller said. “The shoulders were terrifying and very powerful looking! Never have I seen a manatee look or act like this!”
A marine life expert from the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission is reviewing the footage in an attempt to identify the animal.
Manatees are large, fully aquatic, mostly herbivorous marine mammals also known as sea cows.
The native Florida manatee is a subspecies of the West Indian manatee that typically grow to 9-10 feet long from snout to tail, but can reach 13 feet.
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