Har har -- no, really. We camped for a couple of nights at Paynes Prairie State Preserve and took an afternoon stroll along the main nature trail beside a lake where a couple dozen alligators lounged on the banks in the balmy December air (yeah, it's hotter than a stolen Lexus down here). The smallest one we saw was maybe six feet long and looked to weigh a solid 300 or 400 pounds. The largest was twice that size, and thankfully, twice the distance from us. Kind of like Tallahassee (sorry, could not resist).
Still, we kept our distance and this was the first time all year I was highly cautious about not letting the girls out of my sight or very close to the banks. While observing a group snoozing so peacefully, another gator swam up and startled one of the sleepers. It shot upwards and it's ability to move its mass so quickly was a thing to behold. They only look slow and lazy. No wonder people who live on lakes lose their poodles.