This is the bravest and the most careless scuba diver who enjoys studying snakes and reptiles in their natural habitat, and is always accompanied by his camera to catch his INSANE moments with this giant river monster.
On a recent diving expedition in Mato Grosso region of Brazil, this brave 53 year old Swiss diver and snake enthusiast, Franco Banfi, had a chance to capture the gentler side of snakes in their natural habitat, as he came face to face with a 26-foot-long giant anaconda, armed only with his camera.
In this nerve-rackin’, blood-chillin’ shot, the brave diver gets up close to an enormous anaconda that is lying on the riverbank and glistening in the ferocious tropical heat. Luckily for this diver/photographer, the giant snake had just gobbled up a capybara rodent and wasn’t interested in devouring him as a second course.
As the snake had just eaten it didn’t take much interest in us. Everything is possible but I don’t think it would have eaten us. I was very close, I could have touched it if I wanted to,” said Banfi.
He saw six different female anaconda snakes on his ten-day trip to the Mato Grosso do Sul region, right in the heart of South America. The region is known for its diverse natural beauty and attracts thousands of visitors every year.
At the first moment it’s scary because you don’t know the animal and everybody says it’s dangerous. But after a while you understand that nothing happens if you respect the snake,” added Banfi.
On this occasion, Banfi was successful with his photo shoot and came back on land in one piece, but it is definitely not something you should try yourself as anacondas are documented man killers one they reach this size.
I have never been so close to a snake like this before. But I think a small poisonous snake is scarier than a big one. At least you can see the anacondas clearly and know what they’re doing,” said Banfi.