Alligator goes for a swim at Florida beach

(U. S. National Park Service)

Beachgoers in Bonita Springs, Florida, were treated to a strange sight last week: an alligator going for a swim.

“Rare alligator spotted today on the Island!” Capt. Jessica DeGraw of the Island Time Dolphin and Shelling Cruises, Inc. posted on the cruise company’s Instagram page.

The video shows the gator swimming in the water before coming ashore on Big Hickory Island.

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“The first time I’ve ever seen on the Big Hickory Preserve,” DeGraw told Fox 13.

According to the National Oceanic & Atmospheric Administration, it is rare to see alligators in the ocean, because they are animals.


“There are many things that you can encounter when swimming in the ocean. Alligators are probably not one of them,” the agency said on its website.

“While alligators can tolerate salt water for a few hours, or even days, they are mainly animals live in swampy areas, rivers, streams, lakes and ponds,” the government agency said.

The Sun Is known for its reptiles incidents. A 47-year-old Florida woman was dragged by an alligator in a pond and killed. Another gator was caught on video head-butting a trapper.

Christopher Carbone is a reporter for He can be reached at or on Twitter @christocarbone.

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