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Must-see: Teen catches 1,058-pound fish in Hawaii

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Now that's a big fish.

A New York teen caught a 1,058-pound blue marlin off the coast of Kona, Hawaii, last week, Hawaii News Now reports.

Kai Rizzuto, 16, said it took 30 minutes to reel in the fish, which was 11 feet long.

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"I'll tell you, it was the hardest 30 minutes I've ever fought a fish," said Kai, who is believed to be the youngest person to catch a "grander" in the area. "When I saw that fish at the end of line, I was just thinking, 'Don't break off. Do not break off.'"

The fish, which died as it was brought to shore, reportedly was shared with people in the area.

"My estimate is today, there are over 100 people that are enjoying that fish," said Jim Rizzuto, Kai's grandfather.

For more information, visit Ihu Nui Sportfishing's website or Facebook page.

Click here or scroll down to see photos of the blue marlin.

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Man reportedly fights off giant bear with hunting knife

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A hunter in Minnesota claimed he used only his 5-inch hunting knife to defend himself against a 525-pound bear.According to USA TODAY, Brandon Johnson was looking for a bear that his friend had wounded several hours earlier.   

"We wanted to give it four hours before we went out and looked for it to make sure the animal had expired," said Johnson.

That's when the bear they were searching for attacked him.

Johnson, armed with a 5-inch knife defended himself on three separate occasions from the bear. Eventually the bear stopped attacking after picking Johnson up one last time by the leg and throwing him to the ground.

Following the attack,  Johnson's friends helped him to an ambulance waiting nearby.

The bear was found dead the next day.

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Must-see: Florida man reportedly kills 719-pound gator

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A Lakeland, Florida, man reportedly nabbed a 719-pound alligator by shooting it with a crossbow and wrestling it down.

The man, identified as Clark Woodsby in the Lakeland Ledger, said he called the alligator with an electric call, then shot the 12-foot gator with a crossbow.

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That man was hunting Nov. 23 south of Bartow with Glen Grizzaffe, a licensed trapper. According to the landowner of that property, the gator was a nuisance and needed to be removed.

Record-setting 1,011-pound monster alligator caught by Alabama family

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A group of Alabama hunters is celebrating the catch of a lifetime: A 15-foot-long alligator weighing more than 1,000 pounds.

Al.com reports the monster gator was pulled from the water in south Alabama early Saturday during the state's alligator hunting season.

Alabama Wildlife and Freshwater Fisheries biologists were able to measure the gator at 15 feet, but weighing it posed a challenge.

The first attempt completely destroyed a winch assembly used to hoist most average gators. So they had to use a backhoe to lift the animal. It weighed in at 1,011.5 pounds.

The gator is the largest ever legally killed by an Alabama hunter. It was caught by Mandy and John Stokes, Kevin Jenkins and his children, 16-year-old Savannah and 14-year-old Parker.

According to AI.com, in 2011, Keith Fancher and pulled a 14-foot, 2-inch, 838-pound alligator from the Alabama River to set a record the largest ever legally killed by an Alabama hunter. 

"Truthfully, after I saw the Fancher Gator, in my mind I was thinking there's no way we can catch anything bigger than that," Mandy Stokes told AI.com. "When I finally saw it ... the main thing I remembered was the size of its feet. When I saw the size of the foot on this one, I knew it was a good one."

—The Associated Press contributed

Texas teen sparks outrage over dead animal Facebook photos

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A teenager from Texas is sparking outrage all over social media over Facebook pictures she's posted of herself, posing with dead animals. Kendall Jones, 19, says she put them up, after hunting and killing them in Africa. Now, nearly 40,000 people have signed a petition, asking Facebook to take them down.The petition reads: “For the sake of all animals, especially the animals in the African region … where hunters are going for gun just to kill an animal! Some people have been reporting the pages lately but it seems Facebook is not concerned about what Kendall Jones is promoting in her page.”

Post by Kendall Jones.The photos show Jones, of Cleburne, smiling with dead or tranquilized animals that she reportedly hunted, including a lion, rhino, antelope, leopard, elephant, zebra and hippopotamus.“I’m a hunter and proud of that. That being said I eat what I shoot and only hunt overpopulated animals that other wise would starve or get diseased,” commented one man on Facebook. According to Jones, some of the animals she poses with have not been shot dead, but instead tranquilized and studied for educational purposes. But users aren't buying it. “Africa doesn’t need scum like you,” one user wrote. “Go back to where you came from.”

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