Thursday, August 02, 2012

Jaws, North Carolina Version

You can keep your Great White Sharks. At North Carolina beaches, we have alligators!

A 10-foot alligator crawled out of the waves on Holden Beach Wednesday morning, ambling in and out of the surf and attracting dozens of onlookers before eventually being captured by state wildlife officials.

"He had a big ol' mouth with teeth popping. We had a bit of excitement down here," said David Hewett, Holden Beach's town manager. "It's not the biggest gator I've ever seen, but he was big enough."

Big ol' mouth with teeth poppin'.


Here's a pic of Mr. Gator:

Not to put too fine a point on it, but you sun worshipers start looking like that around age 50 if you don't take it easy, if you know what I mean.


ProudHillbilly said...

Well, that would be a surprise. Somebody needs to explain to him that they are fresh water critters.

A beach down around Wilmington had a bear amble out of the dunes and up and down the beach one time. Bet that cleared the beach a lot faster than a guard whistle would.

JohninMd(help!) said...

I'm with Hillbilly. is it a 'gator, or a salt-water Croc? Maybe the critter did'nt study biology....

Bob said...

@ProudHillbilly: Gators are ok in both fresh and brackish (half-salt) water. This one probably got caught in the current of the Cape Fear River and was swimming back toward land. The Intracoastal Waterway can support gators, I believe.

@JohninMD: It's big for a NC gator. Rather croc-like in looks, too.