Laz Ruda is one lucky photographer.
While on a recent dive trip off the coast of Florida he bumped into this critter on the bottom.
American alligators occasionally stray out into the ocean but unlike their salty cousins in Australia the ocean environment is unfortunately toxic to them.
Laz runs a terrific website called TheLivingSea.com where you can view more images and video of this rare encounter.
More media here.