man, a couple years ago we were hanging out at the beach, not fishing(rare) just hanging out and my wife and my friends now ex went out in the surf to get rid of some excess beer and came back up saying that there was a gator in the surf. We all laughed and told them it was driftwood... well it wasn't. Turned out to be about a 7 foot gator swimming around out there, the surf eventually brought him close enough and about three of us drug him up on the beach threw a shirt on his head and called FWC. I had the lovely job of holding his tail while we waited. Talk about getting bombarded by tourists! UWF has the footage of it somewhere ( they were out there filming for some reason). Pretty crazy stuff man. They are around here thats for sure, and just because you don't see them, doesn't mean they aren't there.