Everyone thinks otters are cute and harmless because they sleep holding hands and smash food on their bellies.

Everyone is wrong.

Otters are vicious.

Technically, they are cute but they're also really dangerous -- lethal, even. Just take a look at these recently released photos showing an otter killing an alligator, which it then ate.


Pictures: Floatopia Miami 2014

The photos were taken by Geoff Walsh in 2011 at the Lake Woodruff National Wildlife Refuge in DeLeon Springs and were published to the organization's Facebook page on Tuesday. Since then, they've been shared across the web and published by several media outlets.

And this isn't the first account of an otter being unexpectedly violent.

In 2010, a rabid otter attacked a 96-year-old Venice man for nearly six minutes as two good Samaritans tried to pry it off.

Otters are also known to rape and drown baby seals.

Click here to see a gallery of more cute animals that can kill you.