Record-Breaking Alligator Gar in Mississippi

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Who could top this Valentine’s Day surprise??

Mississippi Museum of Natural Science staff look over the catch of local commercial fisherman, Kenny Williams. Kenny wasn't quite sure what he had in his net but he knew it was big

Looking  like a cross between an alligator, a fish and dinosaur, the alligator gar is the largest freshwater fish in America. And with two rows of teeth, the predatory fish is also terrifying.

So you can imagine how shocked Kenny Williams was on Valentine’s Day when he stumbled across what is being called the largest one ever caught. Biologists with the Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks measured the beast at 8 ‘ 5-1/4″ long, with a girth of 47.95″, and estimated it to be between 50 and 70 years old.

Williams told a local TV station that he used nets to catch the fish in Chotard Lake, Issaquena County, before grabbing it by the gills and pulling it into the boat with him. Rather than presenting the prize catch to his sweetie on this February 14, Williams donated his catch to the Mississippi Museum of Natural Science in Jackson, where it will be mounted and placed on display.