NORTH MYRTLE BEACH, S.C. (WNCN) — An alligator that made it though Hurricane Matthew got “lost” and turned up on a South Carolina beach near Myrtle Beach earlier this week.
WCIV-TV in Charleston reported that the 6-foot gator was spotted in the surf around 2 p.m. in a stretch between Myrtle Beach and North Myrtle Beach on Wednesday.
Russell Cavendar, who owns a business named Snake Chaser, was called in to track down the alligator and catch it, according to the TV station.
Cavendar said that the gator likely got turned around and confused during Hurricane Matthew and ended up on the beach.
“It was lost and wayward and we’re just going to put him back in a safe place,” he told WCIV. “I’m surprised I haven’t gotten more calls because of the storm, but once everybody gets back into their routine this will probably happen a little bit more.”
It took about 15 minutes for Cavendar to catch the alligator.
Since last year’s historic floods in South Carolina, Cavendar said he has seen a huge increase in calls about “wayward” alligators.
“I usually average 20 or 30 nuisance gator calls (a year). I’m well over 60 this year,” he told the TV station.