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.