You should enlarge this photograph to get a better view.
This is a new born Alligator, and it is climbing on to Moms back for safety. And…I was not getting closer for a better view.
The baby was covered in duck weed.
The only time an Alligator will consider, or act, against a standing, upright, human is to protect her young. Mom was being very understanding here…not pushing my luck.