Florida alligator weighing over 900 pounds could have been 90 years old when caught

A huge alligator weighing almost 1,000 pounds (455 kilograms) has been caught in Florida — the second heaviest in state history. The supersized reptile, which was likely between 60 and 90 years old, measured over 13 feet long (4 meters) when hunters hauled it in on Aug. 26. 

U.S. Coast Guard Capt. Kevin Brotz, a hunting guide from Florida Gator Hunting and Get Bit Outdoors, was with friends on a lake near Orlando when they noticed a huge alligator (Alligator mississippiensis) swimming away from them, he told Field and Stream. They spent around four hours battling with the alligator, and at one point it leapt 3 to 4 feet (0.9 to 1.2 m) out of the water. “It looked like a blue whale when it breached,” Brotz told the site. 


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