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Giant alligator photographed in Alabama

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Jon Downes examines a set of photographs he's received taken from a helicopter showing what appears to be an alligator of monstrous proportions swimming through the water with an adult stag in its mouth.

"Jon Downes: One of the things about the Fortean omniverse I have always found entertaining is the way that stuff always happens in batches. On the same day that I received this story about alligators in Alabama, I also received this series of photographs and what purports to be a news story..."

arrow3.gifView: Full Article | arrow3.gifSource: Cryptozoology Online

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Queen in the North

Looks more like it's about 10-12 foot to me, judging by the species of deer.

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Kaikou
Looks more like it's about 10-12 foot to me, judging by the species of deer.

Yeah i'd have to agree with you there.

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Stormcrow

Those photos are so seriously old it isn't even funny...? How many times have they been covered? o_o

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AROCES

Just last Wedensday at History channel's Monster Quest, they actually found and laser measured a 16 footer Alligator, now that is BIG for an alligator. Biggest ever so far.

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Queen in the North
Those photos are so seriously old it isn't even funny...? How many times have they been covered? o_o

Are they? I haven't seen them before.

Either way, my main beef with the article is as follows.

1) There is no scale on the photos, not really.

2) Something about it feels off anyway

3) If they photographed the deer and it measured 11 feet (unlikely) why did they not photograph it as proof? Proof is required, also it should have been a photograph with some kind of scale. :yes:

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Queen in the North
Just last Wedensday at History channel's Monster Quest, they actually found and laser measured a 16 footer Alligator, now that is BIG for an alligator. Biggest ever so far.

So far what? That's not the 'biggest ever'. Gomek was 18 feet long, and Utan's 20 feet. God only knows how big Gustave is.

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Exterminator

I have this photo many many times on net...

I guess biologists don't surf internet much....

P.S It looks like just another alligator.. Nothing much big...

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Queen in the North
I have this photo many many times on net...

I guess biologists don't surf internet much....

P.S It looks like just another alligator.. Nothing much big...

I got the impression that this article has never been near any actual biologists. :lol:

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Stormcrow
Are they? I haven't seen them before.

Either way, my main beef with the article is as follows.

1) There is no scale on the photos, not really.

2) Something about it feels off anyway

3) If they photographed the deer and it measured 11 feet (unlikely) why did they not photograph it as proof? Proof is required, also it should have been a photograph with some kind of scale. :yes:

Mhm. Pretty darn old. Both are real though.

http://www.snopes.com/photos/animals/gatordeer.asp - Alligator with deer.

12-13 footer.

http://www.snopes.com/photos/animals/wcgator.asp - The bottom photograph.

13 footer.

The photographs weren't even taken in Alabama.

(Gustave (crocodile, not an alligator) is estimated to be about 22ft.)

In parts of Asia and Australia saltwater crocodiles (Crocodylus porosus) 6 metres (20 ft) long are well known and easy to spot; individuals 7 metres (23 ft) long have been reported. In eastern India the Guinness Book of World Records has confirmed the existence of a 7 m individual.[4] Therefore, Gustave is not exceptional in size compared to other crocodiles, although he is much larger than the average male Nile crocodile. He is known for the few distinct bullet scars that cover his body: one on his head, and three on his right side.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gustave_(crocodile)

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Guy Montag

This is disappointing to see this article - which is actually just an email that's been circulating for years and edited to represent the home state of whoever sent it - posted here as legit information. If I were concerned with any kind of journalistic integrity, I'd research it before posting. Which is exactly what I did when my uncle sent me this suspicious email years ago.

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AROCES
So far what? That's not the 'biggest ever'. Gomek was 18 feet long, and Utan's 20 feet. God only knows how big Gustave is.

Seems like you have no knowledge with the difference between an Alligator and a Crocodile.

Gomek, Utan and Gustave are all Crocodlie.

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Stormcrow
Seems like you have no knowledge with the difference between an Alligator and a Crocodile.

Gomek, Utan and Gustave are all Crocodlie.

It would be an easy mistake to make.

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AROCES
It would be an easy mistake to make.

Yes, to those who dont read and just look at pictures.

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CausticGnostic

Ten-foot or twenty, alligator or crocodile--whatever! They're damned big reptiles! I sure wouldn't want to run into one of 'em. Reptiles that big shouldn't be allowed anywhere near inhabited areas! They should be captured and relocated to wilder areas or, failing that, shot and turned into handbags and luggage. I definitely think the conservation efforts here in the U.S. and "down under" in Australia have been successful. Maybe too successful, judging by recent news stories of attacks against people. I think it's time to thin these critters' numbers again. We can use PETA people for bait. . . .

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PsyKo JeZus
Ten-foot or twenty, alligator or crocodile--whatever! They're damned big reptiles! I sure wouldn't want to run into one of 'em. Reptiles that big shouldn't be allowed anywhere near inhabited areas! They should be captured and relocated to wilder areas or, failing that, shot and turned into handbags and luggage. I definitely think the conservation efforts here in the U.S. and "down under" in Australia have been successful. Maybe too successful, judging by recent news stories of attacks against people. I think it's time to thin these critters' numbers again. We can use PETA people for bait. . . .

Why does crap like this show up on the front pages.... People should do just 30,15,10,5 SECONDS OF RESEARCH .......... This makes the site look like a bunch of wishy washy garbage, this stuff should just stay in the forums, NOT THE FRONTPAGE. As for the gators, we have them all over where I work at Kennedy Space Center, not that big, but just like all alligators. THEY ARE NOTHING TO BE WORRIED ABOUT, just leave their habitat alone and they leave you alone. Look at the water they hang in, would you wanna hang in that what? No.

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Harriet The Ripperologist

Looks fake - that deer looks a bit plastic for my liking.

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Shush_rules
Looks fake - that deer looks a bit plastic for my liking.

I don't think so...

Just looks like a deer, perhaps not a full grown buck... but it looks real

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Stormcrow
Looks fake - that deer looks a bit plastic for my liking.

No, they're real. Look at the links I posted first page.

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Stormcrow
Yes, to those who dont read and just look at pictures.

So I guess you were never confused about them?

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DONTEATUS

I love the 30-20-10-5 sc research ! Gotta be A NASA fan!

Holding at t-minus 5 sec`s

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jbondo

11 foot deer? Come on! Whitetail deer in Alabama range from 65 - 200lbs depending on location and feed. A big buck would be about 4-1/2 ft long from chest to rear.

Furthermore, the way the deer's neck and head are craned out in front is unnatural. If the gator were moving thru the water (there is no disturbance of water by the gator in either picture by the way.) the deer's head would be down and pointed backwards.

There is a lot to answer to here.

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Queen in the North
Seems like you have no knowledge with the difference between an Alligator and a Crocodile.

Gomek, Utan and Gustave are all Crocodlie.

Oops, yes that is true. Blonde moment.

Yes, to those who dont read and just look at pictures.

Nope, you're wrong. I do read and don't just look at pictures, thank you, my actual problem is retaining information long enough to make a relevant post on the subject. If you're going to nit-pick, at least do it properly.

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AROCES
So I guess you were never confused about them?

Nope, got curious right away why one is called an Alligator and one Crocodlie and so I read about it before making any comment or telling anyone about it.

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Stormcrow
Nope, got curious right away why one is called an Alligator and one Crocodlie and so I read about it before making any comment or telling anyone about it.

Well then, clever you.

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