It's my worst nightmare. Swimming in the beautiful Gulf of Mexico when an alligator strolls out of the surf. And that's exactly what happened this week at St Andrew's State Park at Panama City Beach, Florida.

According to the folks at W4JAX TV, 'NOAA says that while alligators are predominately freshwater creatures, they can tolerate salt water for short periods of time.' Check out the Facebook post that showed the gator below. It's gone viral, and with good reason!