I had taken a few shots of an Alligator that was deep in the tidal mud, see part 1 here.
The marsh on my right was my main interest, however I looked over my shoulder and there was the muddy guy.
The spot I had looked down from for the previous photographs was an open trail.
It turns out he waited for me to turn and walk away. When I did he made his move to climb the dike and get into the deeper marsh water.
The car path on top of the dike is about the width of 1 1/2 cars giving you a perspective on his size. Basically, medium size.
I called to Ellen who was walking up ahead a little, she took a few shots of him too.
Not sure if I bothered him and he wanted to get away from ‘people’ or he needed to rinse off the mud.
If I had not turned I never would have seen him walk by.