After encountering a giant anaconda in a river in Brazil, one diver decided to go after the snake and capture it all on video!
Diving is always an unforgettable experience, and everyone would agree on it. Yet, only a few have witnessed what one expert shark diver did a few years ago!
The adventure of Juca Ygarpe and Bartolomeo Bove brought “once-in-a-lifetime dives” to the next level!
Namely, these men came face to face with a colossal female anaconda back in July 2019, and they recorded it all on video!
The footage shows the giant snake, weighing about 198 lbs (90 Kgs) and measuring 23 feet (7m), enjoying the time on the river’s bottom. As soon as the astonishing animal notices the camera, she starts exploring around it, flicks her tongue, and swims off.
Bove, who is also an underwater videographer, decided to go after her, to capture more video material! In the end, he got what he dreamed of- as his video gives a perfect chance to learn more about this massive snake!
Even if you are not afraid of snakes, anacondas are something way different! The proportions and power of these reptiles make them our worst nightmare, although they are not actually venomous.
Plus, anacondas can remain underwater for up to 10 minutes. The Formosos river in Brazil is most likely the only place where they enjoy swimming in crystal clear waters, considering the fact that their habitat includes marshes, swamps, and murky streams in South America.
It was actually there where these men encountered this massive snake. The green anaconda represents the largest type of snake in the world, which can reach and up to 30ft (9.1 meters) in length, and 550 lbs (250 Kg) weight.
This snake kills the victim fast, by wrapping its body around it while cutting off its air supply.
Moreover, these staggering snakes can adjust their jaws to be able to swallow prey much larger than their own size. Therefore, their diet consists of various animals, including turtles, wild pigs, capybaras, and even jaguars!
Nevertheless, Bove maintains that people have misinterpreted anacondas as being aggressive:
“The rivers and the bodies of water around the Bonito area are the only places in South America here anacondas can be found in crystal clear waters, and therefore diving with them is possible.
As shown in the footage, the anaconda swims calm and peaceful completely indifferent to our presence. Sometimes she comes closer, curious about my camera, licking the lens.
The behavior of the anaconda debunks the myth that it is an aggressive and violent creature that can endanger people’s lives.”
Yet, he went on to explain that the anaconda is undoubtedly “an extremely strong predator and the largest of all snakes that can react if threatened or molested”, so she should be “ treated with a lot of respect.”
Bove added that his experience was unbelievable and hopes that his video can unveil another side of these animals.
“No words can do justice to the sensations that I was really feeling during that experience.”
We see no reason not to believe him!
Watch the video below: