So, this was a sneaky local. He knew exactly what he was doing, and why. They may have small little brains, but they do work for what they need.
When I first walked past the mud flats in the salt marsh nobody was home. I know because I always look, even when the tide is way out.
No more than 15 minutes later here he is heading for the dike, where we are of course. I assume the goal was to let me pass and then climb the dike behind me. He would just go down the other side into clean deeper marsh waters and I would never know, except for his mud trail… Alligator brain only thinks so far.
I don’t know where he was hiding the first time I walked by but here he is, deep in the muck. And working hard in it too.
You can see he was crawling through the small stream of water seeping out from the dike. The easiest path I guess. A good thing because he was struggling, almost stuck. This was a normal size male, so he weighted in around 550 Lbs. The tide would come and help him later if he did get bogged down.
We saw each other and he stopped and lay there, doing nothing. I headed back to where I was going.