Diving in the Formoso River, Brazil in July, Bartolomeo Bove and his friend Juca Ygarape come upon a giant Green Anaconda, measuring 23 foot (7m) and weighing in at around 198 lbs (90kg).
In the video, the snake is seen lying on the riverbed, then shows the reptile eyeing the camera up close, flicking its tongue and then swimming away from Bove and his camera. Bove follows, wanting to get more footage of the giant.
Bove certainly did manage to get some amazing footage, saying that his video shows how misunderstood the anaconda is in that they are not as aggressive as they are made out to be.
Bove explained: “The rivers and the bodies of water around the Bonito area are the only places in South America where 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 [and] 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 an astounding 30ft (9.1m) and weigh up to 550lbs (250kg).
They move with lightning speed and kill their prey by constricting its breathing, wrapping their powerful bodies tightly around its victims. Their ability to unhinge their jaws enables them to swallow prey much larger than themselves.