Just imagining such thing, can give you shivering chills down your spine. They are huge once they reach adulthood, and despite the rare cases of killing humans, their appearance seems to be enough for their infamousness.
Anacondas are not venomous and typically, they don’t see humans as prey, but if a human comes across one and tries to tease it, play with it, or take pictures with it, they can get dangerous. If so, a bite from their large teeth is enough to cause unbearable pain.
And scuba divers know this. Two of them, while diving in the Formoso river in Brazil, came face to face with this giant green reptile.
Anacondas typically live in marshes, swamps and murky streams in South American but the Formoso River in Brazil offers crystal clear waters, so it is the only place in the world where people can dive with these huge predators.
Anacondas wake up from hibernation by the end of July to the beginning of August, so this is the ideal time to dive and get to know these majestical frightening creatures closer and better.
The river water temperature is 22-24 degrees year-round, but during the winter, the air is generally cooler than the water, so the anacondas spend more time in the underwater.
Bartolomeo Bove and Juca Ygarape, while diving into the Formoso river, they came across a giant green anaconda, measuring 23 foot (7m) and weighing in around 198 lbs. (90 Kgs)
In the video they recorded, the snake lies in the river bed, and once it sees the camera, it inspects it, flicks its tongue and swims away. Bove, who is a professional shark diver, and underwater videographer followed it to get more footage of it.
The video he filmed gives an amazing chance of getting to know the giant snake better. Bove claims that these creatures are often misunderstood in terms of 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.
The green anaconda is the biggest species of snake in the world and can grow up to 30ft long (9.1 meters) and weigh 550 lbs (250 Kg). These snakes move really fast and kill their prey by constricting their breathing while wrapping their powerful bodies around the prey.
They can unhinge their jaws, so they can swallow preys much larger in size than themselves. The green anaconda reaches its massive size on a diet of local wildlife like capybaras, wild pigs, birds, turtles and sometimes jaguars.
Bove hopes his video will reveal another side of the magnificent reptile, and described his experience as unbelievable: “No words can do justice to the sensations that I was really feeling during that experience.”
Check out the video below to experience this frightening, yet, amazing journey: