Friend or Foe?

Alligator and two turtles at Magnolia Plantation

Friend or Foe

A bunch of spectators, including me, looked on in awe at a peculiar companionship between an alligator and two turtles at Magnolia Plantation.  At times, during this spectacle, the turtles stepped onto the back of the alligator to sun themselves, unaware of the potential danger lurking there.

Turtles are, in fact, part of the alligator diet, yet they exhibit a strange camaraderie when the alligator is not in the mood for a meal. Springtime is the perfect time for them to share a sunny spot on the shoreline, taking pleasure in their mutual habitat.

Perhaps what struck observers of this strange amity is the dichotomous relationship they were witnessing between a friend and a foe—a relationship present in all of nature—the ability to exist in harmony in conflict with singular ambitions.