OK, I Get The Point!

This past week I spotted an alligator floating quietly in a back corner of the marsh all by himself. I looked at him for a bit, he looked at me for a bit. He slowly raised his head and face up just out of the water, then quickly bashed it back down making a huge splash!

I took that as a potential ‘leave me alone’ message and his point was well taken. I didn’t bother him any further…

 

Alligator Bangs Head Into Water

Alligator Bangs Head Into Water

Alligator Bangs Head Into Water

Alligator Bangs Head Into Water

Alligator Bangs Head Into Water

Alligator Bangs Head Into Water

 

 

15 thoughts on “OK, I Get The Point!

  1. Nice sequence, Phil. I like looking at him right in the eye, just not in person. BTW. I have been coming for all your posts but you may not have recognized me. I am that little red cardinal gravatar. I started a new nature blog because it is “garden” season and the readers need their “gardens”.

  2. It’s his way of audibly marking his territory. It’s even more fun if he makes the water dance on his back before the slap. It must be mating time on your marsh. The other fun behavior involves the gator sticking his head up and bellowing. We can hear a bit of the signalling but most is infrasound that we can’t hear because it is below our hearing range. Gators have sensory organs on their jaws and can pick up the infrasound over a great distance.

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