What would you do if a giant anaconda was right in front of you when you are underwater? I know that I most surely would get out of the water in a flash. But, Bartolomeo Bove is no ordinary human being who is afraid of even the largest snake in the world. He is an underwater videographer and professional shark diver. This individual was determined enough to travel halfway around the world in order to have a swim with the green anaconda.
Green anacondas are recognized as a predatory species that reside in swamps, marshes, and murky streams located in South America. However, the Formoso River in Brazil consists of crystal clear water, thus allowing humans to dive with anacondas. Bove and Juca Ygarape, his diving partner were fortunate enough to encounter one of these extraordinary creatures lurking in the water. Talking with whatzviral Bove said, “The anaconda filmed in the video is a massive 7 meters (23-feet) female weighing around 90 kilograms (200 lbs).”
The giant nonvenomous anaconda appeared to be playful and took no notice of the men swimming nearby. The creature examined their camera and then swam away from the humans. “The anaconda swims calm and peaceful, completely indifferent to our presence. Sometimes she comes closer, curious about my camera, licking the lens,” conveyed Bove. This encounter contradicts the belief that anacondas are aggressive and violent creatures that are capable of harming humans.
Anacondas need to be treated with care and respect. These fascinating creatures feed on local animals such as wild pigs, birds, capybaras, jaguars, and turtles. Their diet is the reason behind their massive size. The green anaconda wraps its gigantic body around the prey, squeezes and drowns the prey before gobbling up the whole animal. There is no question as to the fact that they are extremely strong predators.
“The behavior of the anaconda debunks the myth that it is an aggressive and violent creature that can endanger people’s life. It is without a doubt an extremely strong predator and the largest of all snakes that can react if threatened or molested, to be treated with a lot of respect”. he expressed.
Bove hopes that the video footage that he captured will prove to the world that green anacondas have a gentle side attached to them. “It was an unbelievable experience. No words can do justice to the sensations that I was really feeling during that experience,” he expressed.