Beachgoers checking out a new beach in Louisiana Tuesday found a scaly sunbather lounging in the sand.

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Mike Coscino, who owns a nearby restaurant, managed to take a few photos from a safe distance while walking his dog on Mandeville Beach, according to

Wildlife experts consulted by didn’t seem to be too concerned by the gator’s beach appearance, as alligator sightings are common in the area. Experts did advise caution when it comes to children and pets on the beach.

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