July 14, 2010

FIP: Surfing Alligator Caught At Popular South Carolina Beach

Internet Free Press

A 9-foot-long alligator emerged from the surf off Hilton Head Island's Coligny Beach on Tuesday afternoon, shocking and delighting hundreds of beachgoers who stuck around to see the animal captured by local wranglers.

The gator was spotted by swimmers and lifeguards at about 1:15 p.m., forcing hundreds out of the water, said Billy Karijanian, director of operations for Critter Management Inc., the Hilton Head Island firm who trapped the animal.

"A gator turns up on a beach about once a month during the summer months," said Karijanian. "Of course, today (Tuesday) it was the busiest beach on the island..."

Tuesday's incident turned out well for every person involved. No beachgoers were injured. The gator was turned over to state wildlife officials, he said.

"The crowds were cheering like a stadium full of people when they brought him in," said Karijanian.

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Photo Credit: Island Packet
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