I recently came across this short blurb from The Washington Gazette (Washington, Beaufort Co. NC) - Thursday, June 12, 1884; pg. 3; column 4: "It is not generally known that there are alligators in our county, but they are seen occasionally; one was seen at Rose Bay a short while since."
I wondered if any alligators have been seen in eastern North Carolina recently. I found this article from August 3, 2015, on the website, PilotOnline.com:
"Big alligators are showing up frequently where people are in North Carolina.
"A 12-foot monster blocked traffic in March on a back road in
Brunswick County, according to news reports. A 9-footer was removed in
June from a neighborhood in New Hanover County. A boater spotted a gator
swimming in Oregon Inlet in June. A 12-foot veteran of the Dare County
swamps was struck and killed on U.S. 64 in May last year....
"Though they haven't been found on Outer Banks beaches, alligators do
linger in inland sections of coastal Dare and Hyde counties. And in
those spots, they appear to be on the increase...."
The article assures us that "Despite the recent spate of human encounters with gators in North
Carolina, biologists stressed that the creatures rarely attack. 'People can peacefully coexist with alligators,' [biologist Jeff] Hall said."
Our latest Ocracoke Newsletter is the story of the Wreck of the Banana Boat. You can read it here: www.villagecraftsmen.com/news102115.htm.