LOOK: Gator relaxes on Florida beach in viral photos

PANAMA CITY BEACH, Fla. — Apparently, not even alligators can resist hitting the beach and catching some rays on spring break.

According to the Panama City News Herald, Lisa Powell Niemiec was fishing Saturday at St. Andrews State Park near Panama City Beach when she spotted an unexpected visitor in the water – a gator.

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The reptile lazed on the beach awhile before heading to a nearby lagoon, said Niemiec, who shared photos of her close encounter on Facebook. The snapshots quickly went viral, racking up more than 6,500 shares by Tuesday morning.

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Jettys At St Andrews State Park/ deepwater point... He did make his way around into North Lagoon

Posted by Lisa Powell Niemiec on Saturday, April 6, 2019

Alligators usually don't spend more than "a few hours or maybe a day or two in saltwater at a time," the News Herald reported.

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One word: FLORIDA. 🐊🌊

Posted by Action News Jax on Tuesday, April 9, 2019