A pair of trappers captured a behemoth 12-foot alligator discovered by divers working on a project at a private property in Florida.
Jim Cutway, a licensed alligator trapper and owner of Myakka’s Gold Apiary, said he and another Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission responded to the property in Parrish after divers encountered the 500-pound beast under water.
The Divers discovered the massive beast underwater while working on a private project and immediately got out to seek help, according to Jim Cutway.
“The divers had less than 5 feet of visibility, and they knew he was there,” Cutway said. “The gator was very close them. He was bothering them.”
Cutway, who is also head beekeeper and owner of Myakka’s Gold Apiary, and another trapper licensed by the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission, arrived about 30 minutes later and went to work.
“The divers said, ‘We’re out of here until something is done with him,'” Cutway said.
Cutway said he and the other trapper used calls and the alligator popped his head out of the water.
“Wow!” said Cutway, when asked about his first reaction to seeing the large gator.
Cutway said they were able to snag the alligator, but it took more than two hours to wrangle him onto the shore. He added that they were not in any immediate danger, but the big guy gave them a “long-fought tug of war.”
“That one was very girthy, big bull gator,” he said.
The beast was taken to an alligator farm on the state’s east coast.
Believe it or not, Cutway said the alligator was not the largest one he’s ever caught. He once snagged a gator that measured 12 feet, 6 inches long.
The divers returned to their underwater project as soon as the alligator was on land and secured, Cutway said.