Two Giant Alligators Caught in Mississippi

    BOYNTON BEACH, FL - MAY 01:  An alligator is seen in the water as Secretary of the Interior, Sally Jewell , visits the Arthur R. Marshall Loxahatchee National Wildlife Refuge in the Florida Everglades on May 1, 2013 in Boynton Beach, Florida. In addition to an airboat ride through the area, Secretary Jewell received briefings on restoration issues including water flow, water quality, endangered species and invasive species.  (Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images)

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    Don’t go swimming in Mississippi. The first statewide alligator hunt has already yielded two record-setting catches. The first, a 723.5-pound gator, held the record for the heaviest ever caught in the state, beating the previous record of 697.5 pounds. “I yelled, ‘Oh, my gosh, we caught the Loch Ness Monster!’” said Beth Trammell, part of the five-person team that caught the alligator after a five-hour struggle. But they held the record for only two hours: several miles away, another group of hunters reeled in a 727-pound alligator.

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