Gigantic 741 lb. Alligator Caught In Mississippi Sets New State Record [PHOTOS]

I’m not exactly sure what to think about the documented phenomenon of ever enlarging ‘giantism’ in certain wild animal species. Hunters just keep on upping the anty on hugeness. One could easily imagine that hundreds of million of years ago gigantic reptiles were the norm, because they WERE!  But in modern life it sets you back a bit. God save the man, woman or child who falls off a boat into that swamp when one of these monsters is close by. One wonders how many have died being eaten by one of these giant gators and no one ever even knew? Forget concrete shoes. I think the deep backwaters of the Mississippi swamps might be where the mafia drops off their unwanted human cargo now and again. OMG.

We have seen photos of colossal crocodiles out of Australia, where hugeness seems to occur in many animal and reptile species. We have seen such things come out of Africa. But it’s more than a little bit unnerving to see a beast this size dredged up out of the Mississippi swamps right here in the US. Last fall state records were broken twice in the US with record sized gator hauls by hunters. This latest behemoth sized gator catch does it again.

 

Everyone is now asking: “Just HOW BIG can these animals get? Here’s the story.

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“He broke all the lines we could put in him. Finally put a snare on him and got him up high enough and put a shot on him. All in all probably took us four and a half hours to catch him from the first time we saw him,” Bockman said.

Jimmy Greer, Dalco Turner, John Ratcliff and Jennifer Ratcliff are credited with catching a record-breaking 741-pound alligator in Mississippi on Sunday.  Facebook

When Beth Trammell won the title for Mississippi’s heaviest alligator last week, she was beat within an hour by Dustin Bockman’s 727-pound reptile.

Now, Dalco Turner of Gluckstadt, Miss., has bested both hunters with his 741-pound alligator, which is the new state record holder for the longest male alligator. The giant reptile was caught Sunday morning from a backwater area of the Mississippi River, the Clarion-Ledger of Jackson reports.

“It was around midnight when we initially saw this one,” Turner said. “We passed it by the first time. We really didn’t think he was big enough to go after.”

The alligator is both the heaviest and longest in Mississippi, measuring 13 feet and 6.5 inches. Jimmy Greer, Dalco Turner, John Ratcliff and Jennifer Ratcliff – also known as Team Gatorslayer – are credited with catching the 741-pound alligator.

“He broke three lines, and I had the only hook that stayed in him the whole time,” Turner said describing the difficult catch he made with his team.

alligator Jimmy Greer, Dalco Turner, John Ratcliff and Jennifer Ratcliff are credited with catching a record-breaking 741-pound alligator in Mississippi on Sunday.  Facebook

“Even with these two guys, it was very hard, and we were worn out,” John Ratcliff, who helped make the record-breaking catch, said. “If it wouldn’t have been for those two guys, we would have never gotten him in the boat.” The group said it took 30 minutes to wrangle the reptile from the river and load it into their boat.

“We couldn’t even pull him onto the bank,” Turner said. “We tried to pull him (ashore) with the boat, we tried everything.”

Unofficial measurements indicated the alligator was 13-feet, 7-inches, which bested the current record by half an inch. The group then called Ricky Flynt from the Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries and Parks’ Alligator Program, who weighed the alligator at a whopping 741.5 pounds and measuring 13-feet, 6.5 inches, tying the current length record.

On Sept. 1, Beth Trammell of Madison, caught a 723.5-pound alligator, crushing the previous record of 697.5 pounds. One hour after her catch was certified, Dustin Bockman, a UPS driver from Vicksburg, caught a 727-pound alligator, MNN reports.

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“He broke all the lines we could put in him. Finally put a snare on him and got him up high enough and put a shot on him. All in all probably took us four and a half hours to catch him from the first time we saw him,” Bockman said.

Read the original news story here: http://newswatch.nationalgeographic.com/2013/09/03/record-alligators-killed-in-mississippi/

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2 thoughts on “Gigantic 741 lb. Alligator Caught In Mississippi Sets New State Record [PHOTOS]

  1. The urge to acquire a “trophy” kill is as old as humanity. The beast was most likely a threat to livestock, people, pets and kids. I’m not saying what they did was right – but I’d rather see that news report than the news report of a small child which had been eaten alive by a gator.

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  2. Killing animals for entertainment is fucking disgusting. We are in the 21st century why are people still doing this. Stumbled upon this article while researching these amazing creatures for an assignment and can’t understand why these people are happy about killing something so wonderful. honestly sickens me

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