Alligator profiling is when ‘an adult displays themselves by throwing their head upwards and back, while raising their tail upwards. Arching their back while growling’.
Alligators profile to attract a mate, declare a territory as theirs, or call to others.
Above, an Alligator basically letting us know he is here, like it wasn’t obvious enough. In between showing off he was chewing on something so he wasn’t all that worked up.
The image below was taken when he first started to take an interest in us. At first he watched, and then slid into the small canal to casually swim over. He was in no rush so I just started to shoot him heading over.
It became (below) interesting when he didn’t stop as they usually do. He finally did, but was close enough to let us know we were to pay attention.
In one of the gallery images you can see his tail raised. I was so busy shooting the jaw and teeth display I missed catching the tail action.
Click, or double tap, any image below to view the gallery.
For a few moments he was all ‘fussy’ and bobbing his head around.
Finally he was done, sank back down, and gave us a dirty look before swimming away.