Many of us have fears of what exists under the water. Most of the time, we think about the possibility of running into a shark but it seems as if there are other things to be concerned about under the surface as well.
Bartolomeo Bove probably doesn’t share those same fears, at least not in the same way that we would have them. He is a professional underwater videographer and a shark diver. He traveled halfway around the globe in July to swim with the green anaconda. In case you weren’t aware of it, the green anaconda is the largest living snake in the world.
You can typically find the large snakes living in the swamps, marshes, and streams of South America. It can make it difficult to see them because of low visibility but that isn’t the case in Brazil where the Formoso River offers crystal clear waters. It gives people an opportunity to dive with anacondas and actually see what is around them.
When Bove and Juca Ygarape, his diving partner found one of those creatures in the water, they were up against something unexpectedly huge. She was a female, 23 feet long and weighing in at about 200 pounds.
Green anacondas are not venomous and this particular snake seemed to be more interested in having a good time than in paying attention to the men nearby. She did go over to check out their camera and then swam off into the river.
The encounter with that anaconda showed a side that most people don’t see of the snake: “The anaconda swims calm and peaceful, completely indifferent to our presence,” Bove told The Dodo. “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,” Bove added.
Bove had an interesting dive but that doesn’t mean you should simply throw all caution to the wind and jump in the water with these giant snakes. The green anaconda does eat some local wildlife to reach such a large size, including turtles, birds, wild pigs, and even jaguars.
When the anaconda is ready to eat, they will wrap their body around the animal and squeeze until the animal drowns. They will then eat their prey whole.
“It is without a doubt an extremely strong predator and the largest of all snakes that can react if threatened or molested,” Bove said. “[She is] to be treated with a lot of respect.”
Bove wanted to share the video to show the reptile in a way that most people don’t view them.
“It was an unbelievable experience,” Bove said. “No words can do justice to the sensations that I was really feeling during that experience.”
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