Just by the sound of the word “Anaconda”, most people get the chills.
These enormous and dangerous snakes are truly the stuff of nightmares.
Although Anacondas are not venomous, these giants are immensely strong and can remain underwater for up to 10 minutes.
While diving in the Formosos river of Brazil, two people came face-close with this dino-like reptile.
Normally, these creatures live in swamps, marshes and murky streams in South America but this particular river offers crystal clear waters, so it is perhaps the one and only place on earth where people can dive with them.
Anacondas awake from hibernation from the end of July to the beginning of August and that is the perfect time to dive in and get to know these unique reptiles better.
The river’s temperature is between 22 and 24 degrees throughout the year, but in winter, the air is normally colder than the water, so anacondas tend to spend more time underwater.
Juca Ygarpe and Bartolomeo Bove came across a colossal anaconda, weighing about 198 lbs (90 Kgs) and measuring 23 foot (7m).
In the footage, the anaconda is relaxing on the bottom of the river, and when it sees the camera, it starts snooping around it, flicks its tongue and swims off. Bove, who is an expert shark diver and underwater videographer, decided to follow it in order to capture some more footage.
The clip he recorded offers a great opportunity to get to know this wonderous creature up close. Bove believes that anacondas are often mislabeled as being aggressive.
He goes on to explain:
“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.”
The green anaconda is the largest type of snake on earth and can grow to become 30ft long (9.1 meters) and weigh 550 lbs (250 Kg). This wondrous creature moves incredibly fast and kills its victim by wrapping its body around it while constructing its breathing.
They can adjust their jaws, so they can devour prey much larger than themselves. Green anacondas can reach an astounding size on a local wildlife diet consisting of wild pigs, capybaras, turtles, or even jaguars.
Bove hopes his video will show a different side of this amazing creature, and described his experience as unbelievable.
“No words can do justice to the sensations that I was really feeling during that experience.”
You can watch Bove’s video in the link below.
Do you think you would have the courage to dive with a full-grown anaconda?
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