• VIDEO: Alligator spotted chilling out in Oak Island surf


    OAK ISLAND, N.C. - A 5 to 6-foot gator was spotted chilling out in the surf Monday afternoon on Oak Island.

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    Kathy Sykes pulled her phone out and recorded the gator at about 12:30 p.m. as it gracefully pushed through the crashing waves.

    [IMAGES: Alligator spotted in the surf on Oak Island]

    There are a couple of small marsh ponds on the other side of the dunes and Sykes told Channel 9 that occasionally gators will cross over to rid themselves of parasites and to get away from the biting flies, midges and mosquitoes.

    (CREDIT: Kathy Sykes)

    She said, however, the gator she watched Monday might have been run out of its territory by a larger one, or possibly a female protecting her eggs since it is mating season for the animals.

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