A baby alligator ventured onto the beach near the Cherry Grove point in North Myrtle Beach near dusk on Wednesday and managed to escape authorities.
A small crowd of interested onlookers and three North Myrtle Beach police officers gathered around the gator, which was less than 3 feet long, in the sand at 61st Avenue North around 8 p.m.
The officers attempted to corral the gator, but it was noncompliant, jumping and twisting away after a lengthy battle and swimming out to sea just after sunset. Officers then aborted the attempted capture.
It was unclear how the gator arrived in the area.