SANIBEL, Fla.,- An unusual sighting along the shoreline of Sanibel Island. An alligator washed up on shore. Tonight, beach goers tell WINK they couldn't believe their eyes.
"I couldn't believe it, I thought it was a manatee, I told everyone it was a just manatee, so I felt a little weird."
A unique visitor makes a quick appearance on Sanibel Island, but one long enough for beach goers to capture these pictures of what appears to be gator.
"I've never seen a gator out here before and after about two minutes of coming up behind it, we got a clear view that it was a gator."
Those who were able to catch a glimpse say it looked as if the reptile was moving in with the current, and at times getting awful close to the shore.
"There he was, just kind of popping his little head out, looking around like, Ok? I'm kind of lost, what do I do here?"
"It would go under for like a good minute, surface, and it would get real close to the shore and it actually almost came out of the water and stood for a minute."
The unusual sighting is a story Janice Pearson will be telling for a long time. All the way from Germany, her memories from her Florida vacation will include photos of what she explained to be a six to eight foot gator.
"I didn't know if he was going to jump out of the water or not, it was definitely cool to see one, but a little scared."
While it was quite a spectacle, some believe this is another affect of water releases flowing downstream from Lake Okeechobee.
"Now you have freshwater gators rolling around on Sanibel Beach, so it's just throwing everything off."
An officer with Florida Fish and Wildlife confirms it was in fact an alligator.