Some people thought it was a hoax when pictures began spreading across social media earlier this week.
But officials say it is no hoax.
That is one huge gator. Not the biggest ever found, but still too big for comfort. It had been living in an irrigation ditch. It was in bad health and sadly had to be put down.
Is it real? Officials say this massive Georgia gator definitely is
Published on Mar 1, 2019
This 13 foot 4 inch alligator was found in an irrigation ditch off of Lake Blackshear in Sumter County, Georgia.
It must have been quite elderly to get that big. Poor thing. Lots of bad chemicals in irrigation ditches these days. My heart goes out to it.
From my sources (link above):
An average adult American alligator’s weight and length is 360 kg (790 lb) and 4 m (13 ft), but they sometimes grow to 4.4 m (14 ft) long and weigh over 450 kg (990 lb).
There is quite a bit of forced perspective involved in that shot.
But he is a big ‘un.
I noticed that as well… the guy is probably 10 feet behind the gator.