Bartolomeo Bove and his friend Juca Yagarape came face to face with a giant green anaconda, measuring 23 foot (7m) and weighing in around 198 lbs. (90 Kgs) The two friends were diving in the Formoso river in Brazil, in July when they came in to contact with this giant reptile.

In the video, the giant snake is seen lying in the river bed. When it sees the camera, the reptile eyes the camera up close, flicking its tongue, and then the snake swims away from the camera. Wanting to get more footage of the giant snake, Bove follows it.

And he did get some amazing footage of the giant reptile. He says that his video shows that anacondas are often misunderstood in terms of being aggressive; he says that anacondas are not as aggressive as they are thought to be.

“The rivers and the bodies of water around the Bonito area are the only places in South America here anacondas can be found in crystal clear waters, and therefore diving with them is possible.” Explained Bove.

“As shown in the footage, the anaconda swims calm and peaceful completely indifferent to our presence. 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.

The green anaconda is the biggest species of snake in the world and can grow up to 30ft long (9.1 meters) and weight 550 lbs (250 Kg) These amazing king snakes are actually as magnificent as they are made out to be in popular movies.

They move really fast, killing their prey by constricting its breathing, wrapping their giant and equally powerful bodes around the prey. They can swallow preys much larger than themselves thanks to their ability to unhinge their jaws.

Below is the footage captures by Bove. If you are ready to get your mind blown, scroll down and click on the video. It will make you wish you were born in Brazil!