Alligator spotted taking rare swim in the ocean

By Ben Hooper Contact the Author   |  June 19, 2018 at 11:44 AM
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June 19 (UPI) -- An alligator was caught on camera going for a rare swim in the ocean at Florida island's beach, a sightseeing boat captain said.

Capt. Jessica DeGraw of Island Time Dolphin and Shelling Cruises posted a video to the company's Instagram page showing the alligator swimming Monday off a beach on Big Hickory Island, near Bonita Springs in Lee County.

"Rare alligator sighting today at the Island!" DeGraw wrote.

The captain said it is rare to see alligators, which prefer freshwater environments, swimming in the ocean.

"First time I've ever seen it on Big Hickory Preserve," DeGraw told WTVT-TV.

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