This 185-Pound Sea Creature Will Haunt Your Dreams

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The modern-day sea monster weighs in at 185 pounds and, once certified by the Louisiana Outdoor Writers Association, will destroy the record held by the 141-pound stingray caught in 2004 by Hunter Andras.

"For years, Vic and I have been catching these stingrays and bringing them to various rodeos for miscellaneous largest fish," McElroy said. "People were scared to death of them; they wouldn't get within 10 feet of a little bitty stingray. It's not going to hurt you."

If that's not enough, this is the third massive sea demon McElroy has caught since July 10. The other two weighed in at 133 pounds and 152 pounds. (The 152-pound monster, also was a potential record-breaker but had not been certified yet.)

She said she's been trying to catch a giant stingray like this for 30 years.

"It was so much fun. I get all excited. I get verklempt just talking about it. But, it was just a thrill of a lifetime."

Adrian Carrasquillo is the White House correspondent for BuzzFeed News and is based in Washington, DC.

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