(WBBH/NBC NEWSCHANNEL) Beach patrol evacuated an area off the Naples Monday afternoon after someone spotted an alligator swimming feet from the beach.
Slowly people began to crowd the shoreline hoping to get a glimpse of the spectacle.
"We're out there floating and came out, and I said 'there must be something going on,' " said Rita Wilder, who was relaxing on the beach.
Her group hadn't yet spotted what has bobbing up and down in the waves.
The Gulf is not an alligator's natural habitat so the city called FWC licensed trappers out to the beach.
Trapper, Jeremy Harrelson said it's pretty rare to see an alligator at the beach. Using special calls and poles, Harrelson and his colleague were able to drag the alligator onto the sand.
Because it's a rare catch, Harrelson said he'll try to avoid euthanasia.
"I'm going to size him up and then see if there's any farms or anything that might want him. I'll donate him to them," he said.