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      Man honored for lifetime studying alligators in SC

      GEORGETOWN, SC - Big Bertha might be the best way to understand how valuable Phil Wilkinson has been to the South Carolina coast.

      She was one of the first alligators trapped and tagged as part of a study of nesting ecology, among the earliest research done in the state on newly designated endangered species. She was 9 feet, 8 inches long, at that time the largest female alligator to be captured - hence the nickname.

      Click here to read more from The State newspaper