The first gator caught in Mississippi was a male measuring in at 13 feet and 6.5 inches he weighed 727 pounds. Dustin Bockham, one of the hunters that killed him said that it took almost four hours to get get him close to the boat and out of the water. He broke all the lines that they attempted to use to get him into the boat.
The second gator was caught by Beth Trammel. It was another male gator measuring in at 13 feet and 5.5 inches and weighing 723.5 pounds. In one interview, Beth claims that the gator dragged her boat around the swamp for a good 10 minutes before she was able to get a good shot off that ended up killing him.
At one time, American Alligators used to be on the endangered species list. They were delisted in 1987 once they reached significant numbers. While it is unknown exactly how many are in existence now, it isn't uncommon for them to grow to huge sizes as they grow their entire lives, unlike other animals. While males are traditionally larger than females, both can reach very large sizes.
Are you surprised to see two gators break the previous record of 697.5 pounds in the same weekend?