Alligator spotted on west side of Dauphin Island

A sea turtle nest was also located

DAUPHIN ISLAND, Ala. (WKRG) - Volunteers walking along Dauphin Island searching for sea turtle nests spotted something much larger than a sea turtle.

An alligator was seen on the far west end of the island Saturday and Sunday. As volunteers, Kathryn Twilley and her husband Michael, approached the gator it immediately went into the water. Stephanie Serra with Share the Beach Dauphin Island says "the alligator is not a threat to residents or tourists to Dauphin Island."

Serra says in a Facebook message to WKRG's Rose Ann Haven the gator is just traveling through the area. Alligators move because they lost their territory to another male or to find females, Serra says.  Access to the area the gator was spotted is limited to boats and ATVs. 

The volunteers also succeeded in finding a sea turtle nest 8 miles from the pavement. 

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