Imagine you're having a nice stroll by the lake when you suddenly come across this.

Image Courtesy of Olivia Lewis Johnston

Even if you knew what it was, chances are you'd be at least a little startled!

Our friend, Olivia Johnston, was at McGregor Park this past weekend when she came across the body of a giant gar pinned down by a tree branch.

Olivia moved the branch to get a better view of this fascinating fish.

Image Courtesy of Olivia Lewis Johnston

Here's a look at its underside and that long snout.

Image Courtesy of Olivia Lewis Johnston

We're not sure if it's an alligator gar or a longnose gar. Do you know? And have you ever caught one of these beasts or seen one washed ashore at Lake Belton?  If you got a photo, we'd love to see it!