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Georgia man and daughter catch ‘monster’ 14-foot alligator

2019-09-09

Here's the catch — and it's a big one.

A Georgia man and his daughter corralled a 14-foot alligator earlier this month, believed to be a state record.

The stunning capture by Derrick Snelson took place on Lake Eufala in Quitman County on Sept. 1.

“It was just unbelievable. I really can’t describe it. You need to see it,” Snelson told TV station WSB.

The alligator weighed 700 pounds. He told the station that it took a crew five hours to haul it in.

“We'll have it 'life-size' mounted,” Snelson told WSB. “I guess I'll have to build a house around it. It's going to be a monster laying on the living room floor for a while!"

Daughter Shelby, 14, said the experience was thrilling and scary at the same time.

“[The boat] was rocking back and forth, and a few times [the gator] hit the side of the boat with its tail,” she told CNN.

The Georgia Department of Natural Resources measured the gator at 14 feet and 1.75 inches, according to CNN, surpassing the previous state mark of 13 feet and 10.75 inches.