Is the title here a contradiction ? Not really. And that’s one of the things so fascinating about an Alligator.
Look at the image below.
You can see the slight ripple in front of his nose, a flow of water rolling of his snout. Just a hint of movement. And yet he was swimming towards me to get a better look.
I always use the description curious, it fits best. He was cruising around below, me standing on the trunk above photographing over a marsh.
An Alligators tail is about 50% of his total body length. A slight flick of the tail pushes him forward very easily. They don’t waste energy doing much of anything. Don’t be fooled though. For a short distance these guys are fast, very fast.