Crab For Lunch
Earlier this week we were watching as this alligator appeared to be stalking something in the marsh right around lunch time. Of course it’s always lunch time with these guys.
It was interesting to see the big guy acting all quiet and sneaky until he finally plunged through the water and came up with what he was after the whole time. Fresh crab! These blue crab are a real favorite of the alligators who seem to derive particular satisfaction from the extra crunch the crabs provide.
I instantly knew crab was going to be on the lunch menu as soon as our gator friend lifted up his head and started chewing. I could see the crab being systematically disassembled by the hungry boy with each opening of those large jaws.
As Mr. A was busy crunching, I was able to approach a bit closer knowing the alligator was interested only in his meal. Once the full crunch was completed you can see his throat expand to give the crab entrée room to slide down into his belly.
He also seemed to have a somewhat satisfied look on his face once lunch was over.
One other funny note though… crab was not the only item this boy had for lunch. Just prior to the crab hunt, a man nearby me had some cash that he was holding blow out of his hand and float down into the water where Mister A promptly ate $11 as an appetizer. 🙂