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Mississippi Sees 3rd Gator Record in a Week

Latest alligator caught weighs in at 741.5 pounds
By Evann Gastaldo,  Newser Staff
Posted Sep 9, 2013 12:58 PM CDT

(Newser) – Last week, Mississippi saw its state record for heaviest alligator broken—twice on the same day. And yesterday, a third hunter broke the record yet again. The gator caught by Dalco Turner weighed in at 741.5 pounds, breaking the previous record of 727 pounds, the Clarion-Ledger reports. The beast was also 13 feet, 6.5 inches long, which ties the current record for longest male gator. He was caught near Port Gibson, in a backwater area of the Mississippi River. "He broke three lines, and I had the only hook that stayed in him the whole time," Turner says. (Read more alligator stories.)

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