Last month, a Florida kayaker came upon a very large snake coiled up on a platform located in Biscayne Bay, reports WTVJ.
It is believed that the 9-foot Burmese python swam there.
Frank Mazzotti, an area wildlife expert, noted, "To find one swimming is not surprising and it probably, in the course of swimming, spied that platform and said, 'Ah, this is a good place to get out in the sun.'"
The theory put forth by a park ranger is much the same, but includes the possibility that the giant reptile, "...sort of hop-scotched from island to island and then ran out of islands,"
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SUNSHINE COAST, AUSTRALIA - AUGUST 22: (EUROPE AND AUSTRALASIA OUT) Bindi Irwin, 2, daughter of Steve Irwin, with with Burmese Pythons. (Photo by Graeme Parkes/Newspix/Getty Images)
BRISTOL, ENGLAND - AUGUST 02: Mason Pugh (R) and Pat Newton (L) handle an albino Burmese Python at Noah's Ark Zoo Farm on August 2, 2016 in Bristol, England. Noah's Ark Zoo Farm has teamed up with the Reptile Zone in Bristol to bring a fortnight of educational shows which allows members of the public to see some of the world's most deadliest reptiles close up. The annual event showcases some of the world's most notorious snakes behind a specially constructed presentation room. (Photo by Matt Cardy/Getty Images)
Zoo owner Manny Tangco shows albino Burmese pythons to visitors at the Malabon Zoo in Manila on March 3, 2016, as the world celebrates 3rd World Wildlife Day. The day began in Florence, Italy, in 1931 at a convention of ecologists, whose intention was to highlight the plight of endangered species and October 4 was chosen as the date because it is the feast day of nature lover Francis of Assisi, the patron saint of animals and the environment. AFP PHOTO / NOEL CELIS / AFP / NOEL CELIS (Photo credit should read NOEL CELIS/AFP/Getty Images)
JALPAIGURI, INDIA - JUNE 09: A 20-foot-long python is pictured after it killed a goat on June 09, 2016 in Jalpaiguri, India. The snake identified as a Burmese Rock Python, one of the largest species of snakes in the world, was released into the forest by villagers and forest officials in West Bengal's Jalpaiguri district after it killed and tried to swallow a goat on Thursday. PHOTOGRAPH BY Roni Chowdhury / Barcroft India London-T:+44 207 033 1031 E:firstname.lastname@example.org - New York-T:+1 212 796 2458 E:email@example.com - New Delhi-T:+91 11 4053 2429 E:firstname.lastname@example.org www.barcroftimages.com (Photo credit should read Roni Chowdhury / Barcroft Images / Barcroft Media via Getty Images)
EAST JAKARTA, JAKARTA, INDONESIA - 2015/04/19: The member of the reptile Community carry their pets during a gathering in East Jakarta, Indonesia on April 19, 2015. Albino Burmese pythons (Python molurus bivittatus) are one of the five largest snakes in the world, native to a large variation of tropic and subtropic areas of South and Southeast Asia. (Photo by Risa Krisadhi/Pacific Press/LightRocket via Getty Images)
DAVIE, FL - JANUARY 12: A Burmese python is seen on display at the registration event and press conference for the start of the 2013 Python Challenge on January 12, 2013 in Davie, Florida.The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission and its partners launched the month long 2013 Python Challenge to harvest Burmese pythons in the Florida Everglades, a species that is not native to Florida.The contest features prizes of $1,000 for catching the longest snake and $1,500 for catching the most. (Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images)
MIAMI - FEBRUARY 22: Burmese Pythons are placed back into a box as they are used for demonstration purposes during a Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission nonnative snake hunt training session on February 22, 2010 in Miami, Florida. The training session showed prospective hunters how to identify, stalk, capture and remove nonnative reptiles during the hunting season which runs from March 8 to April 17. Some experts believe more than 100,000 non-native Burmese pythons inhabit the Florida Everglades and are damaging the region's endangered wildlife. (Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images)
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That the creatures can freely move among such landmasses is concerning, as the snake is considered an invasive species that poses a significant threat to many indigenous wildlife.
Though the sighting in Biscayne Bay is a rare one, Burmese python populations have surged in many southern Florida locales, notes the Miami Herald.