Mammoth Alligator Found in Waterway Killed: Facts


Picture of Mammoth Alligator Found in Waterway Killed
Mammoth Alligator Found in Waterway Killed

Story:

This alligator was found between Lakeland and Winter Haven Florida near the house of Anita and Charlie Rogers, who could hear the beast bellowing in the night.
Their neighbors had been telling them that they had seen a mammoth alligator in the waterway that runs behind their house, but they dismissed the stories as exaggerations.
‘I didn’t believe it,’ Charles Rogers said, but after the alligator was killed, they realized the stories were, if anything, understated.
Game wardens were forced to shoot the alligator. Joe Goff, a 6’5? tall game warden, shown below, walks past the 28-foot, 1-inch long alligator that he helped shoot and kill in the Rogers’ back yard.

Other Versions

1. Giant Alligator In Alabama

These pictures were taken by a helicopter flying over Lake Wiess about 90 miles north of Birmingham , Alabama. The helicopter pilot and the game warden were in communication via radio. Here is a transcript of their conversation.

‘Air1 have you a visual on the gator, over’

‘Approaching inlet now, over’

‘Roger Air1’

‘Gator sighted.. Looks like it has a small animal in its mouth.. moving in, over’

‘Roger Air1’

‘Holy Crap it’s a Deer!’

‘Confirm Air1.. did you say Deer?, Over’

‘Roger.. a Deer in its mouth.. looks like a full sized buck.. that’s a big gator, we are going to need more men, Over’

‘Roger Air1.. can you give me a idea on size of animal, over’

‘Its big 25 feet at least, please advise Gator is heading to inlet.. do I pursue?, over’

giant alligator killed in alabama

Alligator with Stag in its Mouth

That has to be a HUGE gator to have a whole deer in its mouth! The deer was later found to be a mature Stag and was measured at 11 feet! This alligator was found between Centre and Leesburg , Alabama , near a house ! Game wardens were forced to shoot the alligator. Anita and Charlie Rogers could hear the bellowing in the night.

alabama alligator killed

28 foot Alligator

Their neighbors had been telling them that they had seen a mammoth alligator in the waterway that runs behind their house, but they dismissed the stories as exaggerations. I didn’t believe it,’ Charles Rogers said, but they realized the stories were, if anything, understated. Alabama Parks and Wildlife game wardens had to shoot the beast. Joe Goff, 6’5′ tall, a game warden, walks past the 28 foot, 1 inch alligator 8.5 meters he shot and killed in their back yard.

2. Florida grows em BIIIIIIIG

This alligator was found between Orlando and Titusville, Florida near a house. How would you like to meet this fella in the dark? Never let it be said that we don’t grow them big in Florida .. Game wardens were forced to shoot the alligator-guess he wouldn’t cooperate…

Analysis:

These three pictures of giant alligators, one shown hung after being shot, and the other two showing an alligator carrying a deer in its mouth, inside water, have been circulating with various stories attached to them. It is claimed that the alligator(s) is 25 feet long and 28 feet in some versions. Although these pictures are genuine, the stories that accompany them do not show complete facts. The alligator shown hanging after being shot is an incident that happened in 2005 near West Columbia, and the other two pictures show a completely different alligator that was spotted carrying a deer in 2004, in South Georgia. These two real incidents are mixed up in some versions of the stories, and do not show actual facts.

About the ’28 Feet Shot and Hung’ Alligator

The picture is genuine, it shows a giant alligator shot and hung by the game warden Joe Goff seen in the picture. This incident happened near West Columbia in Texas of U.S., and was first reported on 16 April 2005 by a Texas newspaper called The Facts:

Joe Goff, a game warden with the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department, walks past a 13-foot, 1-inch alligator that he shot and killed in the back yard of a home in the Bar X Ranch on FM 521 near West Columbia.

As the stories suggest, the ‘mammoth alligator’ was not 28 feet or 25 feet, it was 13-foot and 1 inch in length. The picture of alligator is another example to show how the positioning of a photography shot can exaggerate the real size of something. This is called “forced perspective” photography, a good example of which is a giant crocodile caught by villagers, which was popularly claimed to be the World’s Largest Crocodile.

Picture of Giant Alligator Carrying Deer Inside Water
Giant Alligator Carrying Deer Inside Water
Giant Alligator Carrying Deer Inside Water

About the Giant Alligator Carrying Deer Inside Water

The two other pictures of alligator shown to carry a deer in its mouth, inside water, are genuine again. These pictures were taken on 4 March 2004, from the air, by Terri Jenkins, a U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service District Fire Management Officer, when she was preparing to ignite a prescribed fire at Harris Neck National Wildlife Refuge, located about 40 miles south of Savannah, Georgia. Terri explained about the incident saying:

“One advantage of fire work is you get to see that 12-14 footers are common from Santee National Wildlife Refuge in South Carolina to Coastal South Carolina to Georgia’s coast. This one was at least 12-13 feet long. It looks like the alligator population is doing extremely well.”

So again, this alligator was not 28 or 25 feet long, it was about 12 to 14 foot-long.

The giant alligator pictures from these two different incidents have been circulating with various stories, sometimes, both combined as a single incident. The American Alligators are one of the largest species measuring between 10 to 15 feet in length, so the above two alligators measuring between 12-14 feet are certainly huge, but not of the mammoth size of 25 or 28 feet.

Hoax or Fact:

Mixture of Hoax and Facts.

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References:

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