Published: Sep 16, 2010 4:35 PM EDT
Updated: Sep 16, 2010 1:36 PM EDT

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) - Three skinned alligator carcasses missing their heads and tails have been reported washing up on South Florida beaches.

The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission could only confirm one of the sightings, but the others were reported by crews looking for sea turtle nests in the past two weeks.

Alligators are a freshwater species, so it is unusual to find them on saltwater beaches.

The most recent gator was found Tuesday in Fort Lauderdale, just north of the inlet into Port Everglades. It was originally mistaken for a dead sea turtle.

Wildlife investigators were called in, but the South Florida Sun Sentinel reports no further action is expected because the animal was probably legally taken.