(Above) Sanibel Police Officer Steve Royka corrals a four-foot alligator from a pool at the Somerset at the Reef condo complex. (Below left) Officer Royka tapes the alligator's mouth. SC photos by Chuck Larsen
(Above) Sanibel Police Officer Steve Royka corrals a four-foot alligator from a pool at the Somerset at the Reef condo complex. (Below left) Officer Royka tapes the alligator's mouth. SC photos by Chuck Larsen

What happens when an alligator goes for a swim in the pool? It was a question residents at Somerset at the Reef condo complex asked the afternoon of Friday, April 26, when a four-foot alligator decided to ignore the ‘no diving’ rule.

Sanibel Police dispatched Officer Steve Royka to corral the lively critter. The alligator didn’t want to leave and swam around the pool barely escaping the officer’s lasso pole. Success was finally achieved and Officer Royka brought the animal to the pool deck. After wrapping tape around the animal’s strong and vicious-looking jaw, he was carried away to the waiting patrol car.

As a small alligator, he was released into conservancy land off Island Inn Road to live another day and possibly catch another dip in a pool when no one is looking.