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Hawaii woman’s avocado might make Guinness World Records

KAILUA-KONA, Hawaii (AP) — A Hawaii woman is waiting to hear back from Guinness World Records to find out if the 5-pound avocado she snagged is the world’s largest.

Pamela Wang of the Big Island found the avocado Sunday while on a walk, West Hawaii Today reported.

“I see avocados every day and I pick up avocados every day, but this one . it was hard to miss,” Wang said. “It was as big as my head.”

Her next move was to go to the Pure Kona Green Market, where she met up with friends and showed the enormous avocado to community members.

Wang’s friends began making inquiries online, uncovering information that indicated that the avocado might just be the largest on record.

Wang submitted an application to Guinness and expects to here back within two months. She had Ken Love, executive director of Hawaii Tropical Fruit Growers, witness the avocado’s weighing. Guinness requires an expert to be present.

“I’ve seen (avocados) longer and I’ve seen them fatter, but not both,” said Love, who verified the fruit’s weight at 5.23 pounds. “I think people have other ones that they don’t weigh, but I think this one, it was way up there.”

Elizabeth Montoya, assistant public relations manager with Guinness World Records America, Inc., wrote that the company doesn’t have a category for the largest avocado. It does, however, have one for the heaviest.

Montoya said that in January 2009, Guinness verified an avocado submitted by Gabriel Ramirez Nahim of Caracas, Venezuela, which weighed in at 4 pounds, 13.2 ounces.

Wang said she found the avocado under a tree that hangs over a street. Anything overhanging or dropped outside of a private property line is free for anyone to claim.

Man accused of illegally catching tuna, dumping it in woods

GLOUCESTER, Mass. (AP) — A Massachusetts man has been accused of catching a tuna out of season and then dumping its headless 400-pound carcass in the woods.

The Gloucester Daily Times reported that 40-year-old Harold Wentworth on Monday pleaded not guilty to state charges including improper disposal of waste and expelling trash or litter from a motor vehicle.

Federal fisheries regulators say they have also served him with an enforcement action for allegedly illegally harvesting tuna out of season.

Authorities said they have video of Wentworth landing the bluefin tuna in Rockport on Oct. 20, 15 days after the close of the initial fall season. It was hauled out of the woods in Gloucester by a tow truck on Oct. 24.

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