Since the beginning of history, snakes are despised, feared and considered as ruthless killer beings. Somehow, through time humans see the bright side and hidden nature of snakes and it is proven in these extraordinary images taken by the most fearless scuba diver. I guess you’ve seen these images before but the story behind it is far more incredible, showing that snakes are more fascinating than any work of fiction.
In one of his diving expeditions in Mato Grosso region of Brazil, Swiss diver and snake enthusiast Franco Banfi along with Daniel De Granville had a chance to capture the gentler side of snakes in their natural habitat…
Banfi came face to face with a 26-foot-long giant anaconda and he’s armed with nothing, but only his camera.
In this spine-chilling shots, the brave diver was able to come this close to an enormous anaconda that was resting on the ground, under the tropical heat.
Gladly, the giant snake paid no attention to the photographer, as it was full from a capybara rodent it ate earlier.
If not? Hmm sounds like someone’s going to be a meal.
Banfi, a father-of-two from Switzerland, said: ‘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.’
In fact, Daniel De Granville says that anacondas are actually quite shy around humans, and likely have much more to fear from us than we do on them.
Though Banfi initially admitted that he was scared especially of the first encounter, knowing the snake’s reputation of being cunning, deadly, and vicious.
“But after a while you understand that nothing happens if you respect the snake.”
“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.” the fearless diver added.
Banfi was able to see six different female anaconda snakes during his ten-day trip to the Mato Grosso do Sul region, right in the heart of South America. The name means “Thick Forest of the South”. Thousands of visitors go to Mato Grosso for its diverse and natural beauty.
Though Banfi came out of this photoshoot unharmed, it isn’t suggested to follow his lead as anacondas are known to be man killers once they reach this size. It is always a must to take the necessary precautions. You wouldn’t want to end up being a prey anyway.