Alligators fascinate and repel me. They’re amazingly graceful in the water, powerful and agile, and are obviously highly successful predators. But it’s their predatory aspect I find repelling. When one of them turns its soulless eyes on you, it feels as though you’re being sized up for dinner. I’m reminded of the classic Gary Larson “FarSide” cartoon. Two crocs with bloated bellies are lying on a riverbank, a broken canoe beside them. One croc tells the other (and I’m paraphrasing) — “That was incredible. No scales, no horns, no fur — just soft and pink!” We humans are those soft pink treats they seem to desire.
Alligators are quite photogenic. Take a look at these shots from Orlando’s fun “Gatorland” park: