When a plume of muddy water appears in the water beneath you while paddling in a shallow narrow creek, chances are a river dawg (alligator) just passed beneath you.
When paddling in twisty narrow creeks in the upper ends of tributaries in the Mobile Delta on a Spring day, expect to meet some river dawgs up close.
The bigger the river dawg the slower they move. All alligators want to do on a spring day is soak up the heat provided by the Sun.
But fear not about being in the presence of big river dawgs for unlike real dogs that attack 4 million people a year people, these magnificant alligators are docile creatures and want nothing to do with humans. Alligator attacks are rare. Most attacks happen when people taunt or feed alligators or swim in alligator infested waters.