The world is still a nightmare. People are writing editorials about the non-existent day that climate change mitigation failed us all. Corruption is rife. Measles is making a completely unnecessary comeback.
Normally, I’d throw an optical illusion at you right now as a form of distraction, but how about a crocodile using a swimming aid in a pool instead?
As spotted by several local news outlets, and boosted by Mashable, this crocodile was snapped using a pool noodle – a delightful name – by one Victor Perez, who told reporters that this was the first time he’d ever seen a crocodile engaging in this very specific, very adorable activity in Key Largo, Florida.
According to comments under his Instagram post (#floating), crocodiles have been seen in local canals from time to time, but certainly didn’t seem to be as lazy or carefree as this particular scaly swimmer. One commenter, who was clearly extremely excited by all this, referred to the hybrid as a “crocadoodle.” Another described the sight as "hilarious, but also disturbing."
"Croc just trying to live it's (sic) best life," another opined. Someone else added: "No freaking way jajajajajajaja".
WKRG, one of said local news stations, asked people to write in and perhaps muse on what the Crocodylus genus member was pondering as it drifted on by. Instead, plenty of people argued that it’s not a crocodile, but an American alligator (Alligator mississippiensis).
The news outlet, like many others, are convinced it’s definitely an American crocodile (Crocodylus acutus), but to be fair, it’s not the worst mix up in the world: According to the National Park Service, south Florida is the only place where both species coexist.
At least this is the most controversial aspect of the story – otherwise, it’s a simple story of a crocodilian that just stopped giving a hoot and decided to go for a particularly comfy float.
So, forget your troubles, sit back, and marvel at how relaxed that creature appeared to be. Shut out all the noise. Forget about the collapse of democracies across the world. Pretend climate change isn’t happening, just for a minute. Instead, think of that crocodile. Be the crocodile – and breathe.