Mike Kirkhart, owner of New Wave Taxidermy in Stuart, said he is working alongside his son, Buddy, and employee Justin Herron to make a mold of the 327-pound alligator gar caught in Mississippi in February by Kenny Williams, the South Florida Sun-Sentinel reported Wednesday.
Kirkhart said the mold will be used to create a skin mount for the state of Mississippi Museum of Natural Science in Jackson and a full-size fiberglass replica for Williams.
The taxidermist said the alligator gar, named for its sharp teeth and alligator-like snout, measures 8 1/2 feet long and is estimated to have been 50 to 75 years old when it was caught.
"It looks like a dinosaur," Kirkhart said. "What a beautiful and ugly creature."