12ft long alligator surf waves at Oak Island :: WRAL.com
Oak Island, North Carolina – A 12-foot-long alligator was seen surfing the waves of Oak Island near the Ocean Crest Pier on Sunday.
Mike Emory, communications director for the City of Oak Island, said it wasn’t strange to see alligators at the beach during mating season.
“It doesn’t generally appear to be a problem,” he said.
The alligator didn’t harm anyone, city officials say.
“They are pretty normal. They live here. They are seen regularly in the area,” said Emory.
The National Ocean Service says alligators can tolerate salt water for a few hours or even days, but they are mostly freshwater animals.
The alligator was seen under the jetty, where teenagers are believed to have jumped over the weekend, according to the nonprofit Oak Island Water Rescue.
“Look at the cute alligator that was seen under one of our piers today,” they wrote on Facebook. “If the idea of paralysis and death from drowning isn’t enough to deter jumping off the pier, maybe the idea of becoming an alligator snack could be.
Alligators are not a threat to humans unless people feed them, according to the NC Wildlife Resources Commission. According to researchers, you are more likely to be struck by lightning or to win the lottery than to be attacked by an alligator.
The majority of alligator attacks are caused by people trying to capture, pick up or feed alligators, research shows.