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The Lake Seminole Monster?

Gator2It was a completely unexpected and stunning sight. Leaving a wake larger than passing boats, the massive creature was photographed from more than one-quarter mile away as it made its way up Lake Seminole from the vicinity of the Jim Woodruff Dam.

Massive alligator dubbed the "Lake Seminole Monster" can be seen on the right side of this photo taken from nearly 1/2 mile away.
Massive alligator dubbed the “Lake Seminole Monster” can be seen on the right side of this photo taken from nearly 1/2 mile away.

Lake Seminole is known for its enormous alligators, but this one may be the biggest of them all. It is impossible to estimate its exact size, but some idea can be obtained from these photographs taken from the Jim Woodruff Dam Overlook in Sneads, Florida, by Two Egg TV.

Another view of the massive alligator from a distance.
Another view of the massive alligator from a distance. Notice the  entrance to the locks in the background.

The overlook is atop a high bluff that provides a spectacular view of the dam and lake. The gigantic alligator can be seen in both close-ups and wide shots as it moves north from the dam, leaving an enormous wake behind. These photographs were taken from atop the bluff, which rises more than 30-feet above the shore of the lake, and from a distance estimated at between 1/4 and 1/2 of a mile away.

Even from that distance, its size and outline is very clear.

Record alligator killed on Lake Seminole in 2013. It was nearly 14 feet long. (Photo courtesy of Georgia DNR).
Record alligator killed on Lake Seminole in 2013. It was nearly 14 feet long. (Photo courtesy of Georgia DNR).

Lake Seminole is located on the line that divides Florida from Georgia and was created in 1958 by the damming of the forks of the Chattahoochee and Flint Rivers. It covers 37,500 acres and is popular for fishing, boating, skiing, birding and a host of outdoor activities. It is also a great place to see alligators in the wild.

And lest you have any doubt that prehistoric monsters lurk beneath its surface and along its banks, the largest alligator ever found in Georgia was killed on the lake in 2013 by permitted alligator hunters. The monster weighed 620 pounds and and measured 13′ 10.75″ long.

In fact, the record Lake Seminole alligator was 1.75″ longer than the previous state record, a 13′ 9″ alligator also found in Lake Seminole.

Is the new Lake Seminole Monster even bigger? It is impossible to say. Measuring sizes from such distances can be deceptive. There is no doubt, however, that a massive alligator still inhabits Lake Seminole.

Jackson County, Florida, where these photos were taken, is also the setting for the coming monster movie CobraGator! Just worth noting….

(Photos copyright by www.twoegg.tv).