Water Lettuce, yes it’s a thing.
This plant is probably the biggest difference between swamps in the Lowcountry and Florida swamps. It’s an invasive plant thought to have come from South America.
The leaves are thick and heavy, anything can hide in full size plants.
Snakes can crawl over the water rather than swim.
Above shows an Alligator reaching out with a claw to move across the lettuce.
The lettuce appears to cover over all the Duck Weed, which is what we have most of in the Lowcountry.
Either plant covers the surface so animals are effectively hidden in both environments.