By Ed Snyder/Outdoors
Alligators are moving through the bays and sloughs right now, either from being chased off by the dominate males, the lack of food, or for cleansing their skin from parasites and leeches. They’ll often move to the saltwater surf this time of year to get rid of the parasites and leeches before moving back to the swamps.
Be aware of this migration and careful with your pets as gators prey on dogs. They’ll mostly move at night but daytime activity is showing a few gators on the move as well. I’ve seen them in the surf at times, in fact a few years ago one tangled itself in fishing lines of surf anglers. It was recovered by a fish & game warden and released back into the swamp. Please be alert!