The West Baton Rouge Convention & Visitors Bureau recently acquired a new tourist attraction for West Baton Rouge Parish - a 13 foot, 760 lb. alligator, named “Moby,” which will become a permanent exhibit at the West Baton Rouge Tourist Information Center.
James “Jimbo” White, of Ventress, La., and his pals, Paxton White of New Orleans, and Darryl Pourciau of Ventress, captured the gargantuan gator on September 14, 2013, while trolling for gators on a river in West Baton Rouge Parish.
“I’m an outdoorsman,” White said. “I harvested a lot of animals in my time. I really got fired up when I saw this alligator.”
After White killed the gator, he and his hunting buddies tied a rope around it and hauled it through the water to a nearby riverbank where they were able to pick it up with a tractor/front end loader.
Though Moby did not set a record in Louisiana the gator did set the record for West Baton Rouge Parish.
The largest alligator ever killed in Louisiana was killed in 1890 near Vermillion Bay. It measured about 19.2 feet in length and weighed approximately 2,000 pounds.
Jim White had Moby mounted at Possum’s Taxidermy.
White’s goal, after catching the gator and having it mounted, was to have it displayed where others could see it. As a result, a deal was struck between he and the WBR CVB to have Moby displayed at the WBT Tourist Information Center.
Moby will become a permanent display at the West Baton Rouge Tourist Center starting the first week in August. The public is welcome to come and see the huge gator; a pictorial display of his capture will also be available for viewing.
"We are so excited to have Moby in the Tourist Information Center," said Sharon Stam, Executive Director of the West Baton Rouge Convention & Visitors Bureau. "We saw a story on TV recently about Moby. His owners were looking for a good home for him. I called the station and got the contact information for Jim White and the rest is history.
"We are confident that Moby will be a great addition to our marketing campaign to entice visitors to West Baton Rouge Parish and the Capital Region," Stam added.
Moby will be on display at the Tourist Information Center located on I-10 West at Exit #151, Monday through Saturday 8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. and Sunday 9 a.m. - 2 pm.