Record-Breaking Alligator Caught in Alabama

Dan Joseph
By Dan Joseph | August 20, 2014 | 10:55 AM EDT

Dinosaurs have been extinct for tens of millions of years.  But, one Alabama family may have just found the closest thing to one that exists on the planet Earth when they pulled a 15 foot, 1,011 pound alligator out of the Alabama River last Sunday.

The amazing catch occurred when Mandy and John Stokes, their brother-in-law and his children were out on their boat gator-hunting. They returned to the weigh-in station later that day with an alligator that was two feet longer than the boat they caught it in.

The monster needed to be transported using a backhoe and broke part of the scale the first time it was weighed.

The catch sets the record for the largest gator ever captured in Alabama. 

See the amazing pictures of the here.

According to the Louisiana Alligator Advisory Council (Yes, that’s a thing), the largest alligator on record was more than 19 feet long and found in Louisiana.