You talking about the gators reminded me of one encounter. I, way back in the late 50s, worked at Broward Marine in Fort Lauderdale. One morning I was doing some special work on a clients yacht. Startled a gator that was on the shore. He came up on the pier and I took off. They are FAST. I made it up on the yacht. He was getting very close very quickly. On flat ground a man WILL lose the race.