I walked a short distance down a dike recently. I had no plans to do far, a bugs and heat were wearing me down. As started an Alligator off to my left quickly ducked under the water. They usually do just that.
Wanting to see where he went, maybe get a shot, I looked down the edge.
The minute I was out of sight he had popped back up. We had one of those eye to eye moments. Of course I took the shot, he posed nicely staring up for the camera.
If you have any curiosity about Alligators click to view large. The first photograph is a pretty clear image of an Alligators eye, you can see the reflections in it.
We both went our way with no issues. Close yes, but not crazy close. He was probably more surprised than me.