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Beachgoers couldn't believe their eyes when they spotted trained elephant in water

Elephant Spotted Swimming In Florida

Florida is likely one of the last places you'd expect to see an elephant, but WAWS reports some beachgoers spotted one swimming in the ocean!

Todd Unbehagen told HLN TV he and his family were walking on a Gulf Coast beach in Pinellas Country, Fla., when they spotted the surprise guest.

WPXI has the details:

The massive animal was actually part of a birthday celebration.

A woman reportedly asked the city commission back in February to sign off on having a trained elephant make an appearance for her 60th birthday.

City leaders apparently approved the request.

"We could not believe our eyes," Unbehagen said.

Unbehagen also told HLN that:

There was a professional elephant trainer there and a couple police officers for the event. It looked like somebody was having a party (private) at the beach house, and the elephant was giving rides as well to the guests.

No word on who the woman is, but she's someone we probably wouldn't mind getting to know.

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luvlyangel51 May 20 2014 at 8:11 AM

would this be a form of abuse..i mean..the poor elephant..is there in salt water..what harm is it doing to its skin..which dries out rapidly?? I am against elephants being used for entertainment purposes..they belong in the wild with their own kind..if this woman had enuf money to have an elephant at her "birthday"..then she should have put the money to better use..like maybe giving it to where it is truly needed..

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Paula May 20 2014 at 8:41 AM

Adorable. Now can we stop torturing animals for our own pleasure.

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junglecruiser May 20 2014 at 10:10 AM

Jeeze, calm down folks, its just an elephant on the beach with his trunks on...

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malinda.smith1 junglecruiser May 20 2014 at 10:27 AM

I think it is more the idea that people think that these majestic creatures are here for their entertainment. Terribly self indulgent and harkens back to the time when wealthy people surrounded themselves with exotic animals for their amusement. Those days should be over.

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Tuhloola11 junglecruiser May 20 2014 at 4:06 PM

Gov. of New Jersey ?

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corvette727 Tuhloola11 May 20 2014 at 10:15 PM

NO. They do not make TRUNKS that BIG.,.......

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lesatlesa May 20 2014 at 9:19 AM

Who cares about the woman who wanted the elephant at her party. Can you imagine how much the elephant loved being in the water? And how much weight was taken off his limbs? I hope he had a good time.

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lauralu3172 May 20 2014 at 9:49 AM

Live and let live. At least it was not one of those videos wher the poor thing is getting beat. And he/she looks happy to be in the water.

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EzinWy May 20 2014 at 1:43 PM

Looks like a Kardashian to me !

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gvette75 May 20 2014 at 7:39 AM

After reading through the comments, now I know why our country is in the shape it's in.

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hensteeth gvette75 May 20 2014 at 7:48 AM

What we require from you, gvette, is a demonstration of superiority.

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dianecloninger May 20 2014 at 7:53 AM

that poor elephant!!!!! he does not look like he's enjoying himself, just standing there!!!!RIDES.......are you kidding me!!! grow up and leave the elephants alone. do you have any idea the cruelty they endure to be trained?

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hellyon3too dianecloninger May 20 2014 at 8:01 AM

You're the one who needs to grow up, honey.

Elephants enjoy water, and she doesn't seem to be in any distress. Yes, she's most likely enjoying herself. And do YOU have any idea that not all animal trainers use cruel training practices, most don't, in spite of what PETA wants you to believe.

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Valerie dianecloninger May 20 2014 at 2:43 PM

He is enjoying himself! Grow-up and do some research on how they are treated in their native lands, especially Asian. Get away from the PETA site for a few and learn some facts, not just what some money-making organization tells you.

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tbygate Valerie May 20 2014 at 6:54 PM

goggle Elephant Sanctuary

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Janie Valerie May 20 2014 at 9:59 PM

Give me a break. PETA tells the word what we do to animals.

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dal May 20 2014 at 7:52 AM

I have seen lots of elephants at the beach, generaly wear nothing but a thong or speedo. I don't go to the beach any more.

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mvnup May 20 2014 at 8:55 AM

Is she vacationing again?

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LEON mvnup May 20 2014 at 9:07 AM

Very good mvnup very good.

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jmamusicman mvnup May 20 2014 at 9:29 AM

Oops...You got the wrong animal...if it were "her", shouldn't that be a jackass....LOL...

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