A small alligator found swimming in a Fernandina Beach swimming pool was safely trapped by FWC officials and the Nassau County Sheriff's Office Tuesday.

An alligator decided to cool off Wednesday in a Fernandina Beach homeowner's pool, according to the Nassau County Sheriff's Office.

Wendy Langley found the small alligator swimming in her pool behind her home between the beach and woodlands on Florida A1A. Deputy T. C. Edwards and the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission responded to her call, and local trappers scooped up the approximately 4-foot reptile, the Sheriff's Office said.

Alligators are found in all of Florida's 67 counties, and with population growth seeing more waterfront homes and water-related activities, there are more frequent alligator-human interactions, Fish and Wildlife said. In the past decade, Florida has averaged seven unprovoked bites per year that are serious enough to require professional medical treatment.

The basic rules are to never feed an alligator and keep your distance if you see one; swim only in designated swimming areas during daylight hours; and keep pets on a leash and away from the water. A public safety video from the commission can be seen at vimeo.com/260266272. If an alligator becomes a nuisance, call Fish and Wildlife’s toll-free Nuisance Alligator Hotline at (866) 392-4286.