9 1/2-foot alligator caught on Isle of Palms

A 9 1/2-foot alligator was caught near Wild Dunes on Isle of Palms Sunday morning.

A 9 1/2-foot alligator was among those who flocked to the Isle of Palms this morning.

“It was laying right there on the beach, which is totally unusual because they don’t like saltwater,” said Sam Chappelear, wildlife regional coordinator for the S.C. Department of Natural Resources.

The alligator, photographed by Tabitha Safdi about 7:45 a.m., caused a bit of a stir after it was reportedly seen by joggers.

The gator was euthanized as policy dictates, Chappelear said, because alligators typically return to their last location even after they have been moved. The agent measured the gator at 9 1/2 feet.

Chappelear said the gator could have wound up there because of recent heavy rains.

“There’s freshwater in places where we don’t typically have freshwater,” he said.

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