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Alligator seen swimming off Southwest Florida beach Monday

Posted: 1:52 PM, Jun 18, 2018
Updated: 2018-06-18 18:16:14Z

LEE COUNTY, Fla. -- A charter boat in the Gulf of Mexico came upon an unusual sight near Bonita Springs Monday.

The boat from Island Time Dolphin & Shelling Cruises was cruising off Big Hickory Island Monday morning when they spotted a small alligator taking a dip off the beach.

They recorded video of the reptile swimming just off the surf line.

It then came ashore and walked up the beach .

NOAA says that while alligators are predominately freshwater creatures, they can tolerate salt water for short periods of time.

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