Not once, but twice he flew through the air. When something this big hits the water it’s loud. Now, if you didn’t know he was there, but you knew what it had to be, well that gets your attention twice as fast.
The first time I never did see him hit the water. My wife was walking a little ahead and she must have scared him. 12 – 13 feet long, but him being scared of us is a good thing. Anyway, as she walked by he threw himself from the bank down into the water. That makes a very big splash.
No matter how large these big ones are they still can ‘slide’ into the water. No fuss, just slip away with a small splash. Belly flop is not common.
The second time it was me who bumped into him. Again my wife was ahead, this time pretty far ahead. I watched this alligator swim along the water and move into brush near the far trail. Just so there were no surprises I walked up to meet her and yes, he was already there.
Short version he did another belly flop, and of course I jumped straight up. This was an even louder one so not only did I jump but a few Snowy Egrets hidden on the bank took off loud and fast.
For perspective the large one in the water above is the ‘flopper’. He went out and took possession of this old platform. No trouble from the residents already there.
The last alligator here…..OK, different animal.
This one was about 1/2 mile back down the trail. And, not as big either. I took the shot as I walked out of the big marsh because I like alligators.