Alligator seen enjoying the sun and surf at North Carolina beach

A sunny day at the beach was too much for one alligator to resist in North Carolina. 

Amateur wildlife photographer Kathy Sykes captured video of the 5-to-6-foot-long gator hanging out in the surf on Oak Island Monday afternoon. She shared the footage to Facebook.

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"So graceful in the water/ 5 foot Gator chilling in the surf of OAK ISLAND today," Sykes wrote.

When a commenter asked if she ran away after spotting the gator, Sykes responded, "Ran to get pictures!!"

According to the National Ocean Service, alligators are freshwater animals that primarily live in swampy areas like rivers, lakes and ponds, but they can tolerate salt water for a few hours and even days.