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This Nearly 15-Foot Alligator Caught In Florida Is Surely The Stuff Of Nightmares

It's safe to say catching a 15-foot alligator is an experience two Florida hunters will remember for a while. 

Outwest Farms owner Lee Lightsey and hunter Blake Godwin shot the nearly 800-pound alligator while on a guided hunt on the Okeechobee property on April 2. The gator was in a cattle pond. 

"We also discovered the remains what we determined to be cattle in the water. We determined that he was in fact attacking our livestock as they came to drink," Godwin told WTVT FOX 13. 

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Photos of the gator—which they estimated measured close to 15 feet—caught the attention of thousands of Facebook users when it was shared on social media. Unsurprisingly, many wondered if the image was doctored. 

“There's a lot of folks saying that, but it's 100 percent real,” Godwin told CNN. 

Lightsey said the gator was the biggest one caught at Outwest Farms, which offers wild boar and alligator hunts to tourists and locals.

"Gators that size are 100 years old," Lightsey told WPLG Local 10. "They're few and far between."

According to the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission, the longest alligator caught in Florida measured a little over 14 feet. However, the record for weight is 1,043 pounds. 

This story comes just weeks after another peculiar animal encounter—involving a Florida panther casually sitting on the front porch of a home in Fort Myers—made the rounds on social media. 

Take a look at this video, featuring the photo, below: 

(Image screengrab via YouTube/ABC Action News)