This son of a gun looks prehistoric.
According to the Fort Worth Star-Telegram, a HUGE 207-pound alligator gar was pulled from Lake Corpus Christi, which is the largest the lake has ever seen, the state Parks and Wildlife Department said in a May 22nd Facebook post.
The post read:
“This 207 lb alligator gar set a new record for Lake Corpus Christi before being released back to swim another day.”
As you can see in the picture taken, the alligator gar is longer than the person lying beside it by at least a couple of feet. Officials said that the gar was released after the picture was taken, meaning you will not be catching me swimming in Lake Corpus Christi in the near future.
Although alligator gar are terrifying looking creatures, they pose no threat to human life, and there have been no confirmed scenarios where an alligator gar has attacked a person. And even though 207 pounds sounds massive, the creatures can grow longer than eight feet, and can weigh more than 300 pounds.
The largest alligator gar ever caught was wrangled in Mississippi back in 2011, weighing in at 327 pounds and was estimated to be at least 95 years old.
The Texas state record hasn’t been beat since 1953, when a 302 pound gar was caught with a trotline.