Published: May 17, 2011 9:32 PM EDT
Updated: May 17, 2011 8:44 PM EDT

MARCO ISLAND, Fla. - Things you would expect to find in the Gulf of Mexico: fish, dolphin...but a gator? About 50 Marco Island beach goers got the shock of their life as an alligator is pulled to shore.

"I thought I just can't wait any longer. I've got to go to the beach and see what's going on," Admiralty House resident Joanie Echsner said as she watched a big beach commotion from her 14th floor balcony.

"There were two cop cars, and the helicopter, and of course the crowd just kept getting bigger and bigger." Echsner rushed to the sand but stood in disbelief over what she saw. An alligator floating in the Gulf.

Florida Fish and Wildlife, along with Marco Island Police were trying to fish the gator out, but Echsner says he didn't want to go quietly, "he was excited, he was very, very frisky, because they went to pick him up and everybody kind of jumped back."

FWC was able to pull than animal to shore with a rope, before taping him up and carting him away to be relocated. A local trapper tells WINK News an alligator in the Gulf is uncommon, and happens mostly because they're lost. Ten to 20 years ago, he says this type of thing happened more often when the gators had more breeding ground.