Alligator Spotted Walking Along Shoreline in This Bustling Florida Beach Town
See ya later.
Beach day with a side of...alligator spying? No thank you, sayeth we.
But earlier this month, those in Panama City Beach were treated to an appearance from the reptilian creature at St. Andrews State Park. Visitor Lisa Powell Niemiec shared some photos of the sighting in a Facebook post that has since racked up over 1,000 reactions and 7,800 shares.
As SimpleMost reports, this isn't exactly a rare phenomenon. "...there are freshwater alligator habitats nearby in St. Andrews State Park. The park’s Gator Lake earned its name from the alligators who frequent its waters," writes Jennifer Nied. As the story also explains, alligators prefer fresh water, but can live in salt water for a few days. In total, there are an estimated 1.25 million alligators in the Sunshine State, per the organization Defenders of Wildlife.
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Need a break from all this alligator scariness? Hug your dog.