(Photo: US Fish and Wildlife Service)
Who's higher on the food chain? Let's just say that I don't want to cross an otter in the future. Staff at the Lake Woodruff National Wildlife Refuge in central Florida photographed this scene in 2011. You can see more photos of the incident here.
The agency says that the otter dragged the alligator onshore and ate it:
Yes, the otter eventually pulled the alligator up on the bank and proceeded to consume it, as evidenced by crunching noises. They were no longer visible at that point, but the alligator was done resisting when dragged out of the water. Despite their disarmingly cute appearance, otters are the apex predator of many freshwater habitats.
Now let's match the otter against the snake that ate a crocodile.
Go Team Mammal!