Alligator spotted on Oak Island beach

Alligator spotted on Oak Island beach

There are 27 comments on the WECT-TV Wilmington story from Jul 18, 2013, titled Alligator spotted on Oak Island beach. In it, WECT-TV Wilmington reports that:

Natalie Szpyrka, a 12-year-old girl from Pennsylvania, who is on vacation this week at Oak Island, snapped these photos of the gator.

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NC GATOR LOVER

Greensboro, NC

#1 Jul 19, 2013
I know this may come as a HUGE surprise to the tourists, but there are many alligators on Oak Island, as well as in Southport and surrounding areas of Brunswick County. Alligators are listed as threatened by the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service. Alligator hunting is prohibited by state law, as is the killing of an alligator. Unfortunately I see evidence all the time of people feeding them (they usually leave their trash afterwards), as well as harassing them (throwing cans, hats, bottles, cigarettes, etc., at them in an attempt to get a response). I think they are beautiful & amazing creatures. I love admiring them in their natural habitats & feel so lucky to have the opportunity to do so. My advice is to keep your distance, admire them, respect them, don't feed them, don't harass them...and most importantly LEAVE THEM ALONE!

“Well yeah...”

Since: Sep 09

Right next to ya

#2 Jul 21, 2013
NC GATOR LOVER wrote:
I know this may come as a HUGE surprise to the tourists, but there are many alligators on Oak Island, as well as in Southport and surrounding areas of Brunswick County. Alligators are listed as threatened by the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service. Alligator hunting is prohibited by state law, as is the killing of an alligator. Unfortunately I see evidence all the time of people feeding them (they usually leave their trash afterwards), as well as harassing them (throwing cans, hats, bottles, cigarettes, etc., at them in an attempt to get a response). I think they are beautiful & amazing creatures. I love admiring them in their natural habitats & feel so lucky to have the opportunity to do so. My advice is to keep your distance, admire them, respect them, don't feed them, don't harass them...and most importantly LEAVE THEM ALONE!
I remember visiting sometime in the early 90's and there was like a reserve you could go to. I didn't visit for a long period and when I asked around last year while there no one seemed to know or remember. Do you know where this was/is?
NC GATOR LOVER

Greensboro, NC

#3 Jul 22, 2013
Mea Maxima Culpa wrote:
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I remember visiting sometime in the early 90's and there was like a reserve you could go to. I didn't visit for a long period and when I asked around last year while there no one seemed to know or remember. Do you know where this was/is?
Yes, you can see alligators in their natural habitat in Orton Pond, near Orton Plantation & Old Brunswick Town, on HWY 133 (between Southport & Leland). I was thrilled to find out that Louis Moore Bacon (who purchased the historic property in 2010) entered into a "Safe Harbor Agreement" with the North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission, which established the 8,400 acre property as a "safe habitat" for many endangered species. Please be advised, I have been told recently by many people that the NC Wildlife have installed hidden cameras in the trees, in order to film people feeding and harassing the alligators (which is punishable by law).
Outta Towner

Waxhaw, NC

#4 Jul 22, 2013
You can usually find an alligator in every pond on golf courses in Brunswick County. Lockwood Folly has their share of them, coming out of the LF river into the ponds on the courses.

“Well yeah...”

Since: Sep 09

Right next to ya

#5 Jul 22, 2013
NC GATOR LOVER wrote:
<quoted text>Yes, you can see alligators in their natural habitat in Orton Pond, near Orton Plantation & Old Brunswick Town, on HWY 133 (between Southport & Leland). I was thrilled to find out that Louis Moore Bacon (who purchased the historic property in 2010) entered into a "Safe Harbor Agreement" with the North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission, which established the 8,400 acre property as a "safe habitat" for many endangered species. Please be advised, I have been told recently by many people that the NC Wildlife have installed hidden cameras in the trees, in order to film people feeding and harassing the alligators (which is punishable by law).
Thanks for the info
Paul_ Wilmington NC

Laurinburg, NC

#6 Aug 3, 2013
If any one was around access #31 on the July 30th they got a show. LOL. A 3 foot alligator was swimming around in the backwash when a guy came along and pulled it out with a towel. After the cops got there they told him, "get off my alligator!" At this time it crawled away while he talked to the guy. The crowed went nuts yelling and cussing at the cop. I think the cop was pissed and talked to the guy for a minute and let him walk down the beach. I saw him talking to a wildlife truck when we left.
Amanda-OKI vacationer

York, PA

#7 Aug 6, 2013
I was there on the 30th with the gator! My husband was telling the cop how ridiculous it was to let him go due to all the kid (including ours) in the water! It was ridiculous! I do have some good pictures of the gator too.
Amanda-OKI vacationer

York, PA

#8 Aug 6, 2013
I was the on the 30th.....my husband said something to the officer about letting the gator go. Our kids among man others were playing in the water so obviously we weren't thrilled about the gator being there. I don't think them an should've bothered the gator BUT since it was already out of the water we didn't understand why he wasn't taken to a safer place. We do have some good pictures of the little guy;)
NC GATOR LOVER

Greensboro, NC

#9 Aug 6, 2013
Amanda-OKI vacationer wrote:
I was there on the 30th with the gator! My husband was telling the cop how ridiculous it was to let him go due to all the kid (including ours) in the water! It was ridiculous! I do have some good pictures of the gator too.
Guess what else was in the water that you let your kids play in? SHARKS! Alligators make their home at OKI, while you & your family are only tourists. If you want to keep your kids safe, let them play in the pool :)

“Well yeah...”

Since: Sep 09

Right next to ya

#10 Sep 2, 2013
NC GATOR LOVER wrote:
<quoted text>Yes, you can see alligators in their natural habitat in Orton Pond, near Orton Plantation & Old Brunswick Town, on HWY 133 (between Southport & Leland). I was thrilled to find out that Louis Moore Bacon (who purchased the historic property in 2010) entered into a "Safe Harbor Agreement" with the North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission, which established the 8,400 acre property as a "safe habitat" for many endangered species. Please be advised, I have been told recently by many people that the NC Wildlife have installed hidden cameras in the trees, in order to film people feeding and harassing the alligators (which is punishable by law).
So I'm here at OKI and Orton Plantation website says not open to the public. Is the Orton pond on this property and closed to public also ... I'm confused on this one.
NC GATOR LOVER

Greensboro, NC

#11 Sep 4, 2013
Mea Maxima Culpa wrote:
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So I'm here at OKI and Orton Plantation website says not open to the public. Is the Orton pond on this property and closed to public also ... I'm confused on this one.
Leaving Southport...if you go up HWY 133 (towards Leland) you will see a sign for Old Brunswick Town on your right (it's a brown sign). Make a right and go to the stop sign, where you will take another right. Orton Pond is 1/2 mile or so down on the right. You'll see a sandy pull-off area where people have parked. You will also see a sign stating it's illegal to feed alligators. Orton Plantation is closed to the public, but you drive past Orton Pond on the way to Old Brunswick Town. There are several alligators in that pond. Be warned, I have heard that the NC Wildlife have cameras posted all around that area so they can arrest people who feed and harass the alligators. Just be careful and admire them. It is such a treat to see them in the wild and not in a zoo.

“Well yeah...”

Since: Sep 09

Right next to ya

#12 Sep 4, 2013
NC GATOR LOVER wrote:
<quoted text>Leaving Southport...if you go up HWY 133 (towards Leland) you will see a sign for Old Brunswick Town on your right (it's a brown sign). Make a right and go to the stop sign, where you will take another right. Orton Pond is 1/2 mile or so down on the right. You'll see a sandy pull-off area where people have parked. You will also see a sign stating it's illegal to feed alligators. Orton Plantation is closed to the public, but you drive past Orton Pond on the way to Old Brunswick Town. There are several alligators in that pond. Be warned, I have heard that the NC Wildlife have cameras posted all around that area so they can arrest people who feed and harass the alligators. Just be careful and admire them. It is such a treat to see them in the wild and not in a zoo.
Hey thanks for the reply. I may still go there but I did find one here on the island. A local told me where it would be at the end of a street and sure enough it was. But like you said people have been feeding it ... I saw an empty chicken styrofoam container floating in the water.
NC GATOR LOVER

Greensboro, NC

#13 Sep 5, 2013
Mea Maxima Culpa wrote:
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Hey thanks for the reply. I may still go there but I did find one here on the island. A local told me where it would be at the end of a street and sure enough it was. But like you said people have been feeding it ... I saw an empty chicken styrofoam container floating in the water.
Where did you see it on the island? I have seen them all over Brunswick County and Southport, but I am yet to see one (in person) on the island! Several of the locals have told me where to look and I don't know if I'm going at the wrong time or what, but it's my goal to see on ON the island, LOL! Please let me know! And go check out the ones at Orton Pond. There is a big boy out there. He's gorgeous. Of course, I've NEVER seen a gator that I thought was ugly. I have seen so many videos of alligators on the island, but for some reason they hide from me. Let me know ASAP. Thanks in advance!!!

“Well yeah...”

Since: Sep 09

Right next to ya

#14 Sep 5, 2013
NC GATOR LOVER wrote:
<quoted text>Where did you see it on the island? I have seen them all over Brunswick County and Southport, but I am yet to see one (in person) on the island! Several of the locals have told me where to look and I don't know if I'm going at the wrong time or what, but it's my goal to see on ON the island, LOL! Please let me know! And go check out the ones at Orton Pond. There is a big boy out there. He's gorgeous. Of course, I've NEVER seen a gator that I thought was ugly. I have seen so many videos of alligators on the island, but for some reason they hide from me. Let me know ASAP. Thanks in advance!!!
Ocean end of 67th there is a walkway. Signs posted on about 8 spaces that say "city sticker" or something like that parking only $50 fine but there are three spaces that are not marked. My theory is that it is some sort of fund raising to buy a sticker. Not sure of that though just my rationale.

“Well yeah...”

Since: Sep 09

Right next to ya

#15 Sep 5, 2013
NC GATOR LOVER wrote:
<quoted text>Where did you see it on the island? I have seen them all over Brunswick County and Southport, but I am yet to see one (in person) on the island! Several of the locals have told me where to look and I don't know if I'm going at the wrong time or what, but it's my goal to see on ON the island, LOL! Please let me know! And go check out the ones at Orton Pond. There is a big boy out there. He's gorgeous. Of course, I've NEVER seen a gator that I thought was ugly. I have seen so many videos of alligators on the island, but for some reason they hide from me. Let me know ASAP. Thanks in advance!!!
The fund raising being the upkeep of the little boardwalk that's there.
NC GATOR LOVER

Greensboro, NC

#16 Sep 6, 2013
Mea Maxima Culpa wrote:
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Ocean end of 67th there is a walkway. Signs posted on about 8 spaces that say "city sticker" or something like that parking only $50 fine but there are three spaces that are not marked. My theory is that it is some sort of fund raising to buy a sticker. Not sure of that though just my rationale.
Thank you so much for the info! I have been hearing about a gator on 69th street for the past year or so. I've looked and looked for him! I saw evidence of him (grass mashed down where he laid and sunned), but I just haven't seen him yet. Oh, those signs saying you need a sticker? Those are designated parking spaces for Oak Island residents. If you own property there, you get a sticker to put on your car (like where the inspection sticker used to go on the windshield). The unmarked parking places are for tourists. Thanks again for the info! I hope you'll check out the gators at Orton Pond! It's simply nothing like being able to admire them in their natural habitats!

“Well yeah...”

Since: Sep 09

Right next to ya

#17 Jun 15, 2015
NC GATOR LOVER wrote:
<quoted text>Thank you so much for the info! I have been hearing about a gator on 69th street for the past year or so. I've looked and looked for him! I saw evidence of him (grass mashed down where he laid and sunned), but I just haven't seen him yet. Oh, those signs saying you need a sticker? Those are designated parking spaces for Oak Island residents. If you own property there, you get a sticker to put on your car (like where the inspection sticker used to go on the windshield). The unmarked parking places are for tourists. Thanks again for the info! I hope you'll check out the gators at Orton Pond! It's simply nothing like being able to admire them in their natural habitats!
Just wondered if you could weigh in on the shark v/s alligator post that was started. You seem knowledgeable about the subject.
anchors away

Bridgewater, Canada

#19 Jun 18, 2015
NC GATOR LOVER wrote:
I know this may come as a HUGE surprise to the tourists, but there are many alligators on Oak Island, as well as in Southport and surrounding areas of Brunswick County. Alligators are listed as threatened by the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service. Alligator hunting is prohibited by state law, as is the killing of an alligator. Unfortunately I see evidence all the time of people feeding them (they usually leave their trash afterwards), as well as harassing them (throwing cans, hats, bottles, cigarettes, etc., at them in an attempt to get a response). I think they are beautiful & amazing creatures. I love admiring them in their natural habitats & feel so lucky to have the opportunity to do so. My advice is to keep your distance, admire them, respect them, don't feed them, don't harass them...and most importantly LEAVE THEM ALONE!
Yes sir...
anchors away

Bridgewater, Canada

#20 Jun 19, 2015
Have anyone heard of HOGGEST MOON...

“Well yeah...”

Since: Sep 09

Right next to ya

#21 Jun 19, 2015
anchors away wrote:
Have anyone heard of HOGGEST MOON...
No, not even Google apparently.

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