In a heart-stopping video that has left viewers trembling in fear, a fishing guide in Brazil found himself at the mercy of a massive anaconda while guiding a boat of eager anglers along the treacherous Araguaia River.
Joao Severino, a seasoned fishing expert, unwittingly became the unsuspecting prey for the monstrous serpent lurking beneath the water’s surface.
The fishing excursion began innocently enough as Severino led his group through the warm waters of Goiás, central Brazil. However, the serenity quickly turned into terror when Severino spotted the colossal constrictor coiled menacingly on a stump.
Seizing the opportunity to provide his guests with a close encounter, he ventured closer, aiming to capture the moment on his phone.
“I saw the snake on a stump and I said, ‘Look, guys, an anaconda is over there, I’m going to film it for you to see,’” Severino told Jam Press, according to New York Post.
Little did Severino know that the anaconda had other plans. As he filmed the reptile, he detected the unmistakable signs of an imminent strike.
Swiftly, the enormous snake lunged out of the water, causing Severino to cry out in sheer shock. Thankfully, he managed to escape the encounter with all his fingers intact. While anacondas lack venom, their powerful bite can still inflict considerable harm.
According to Outsider, Biologist Edson Abrao shed light on the danger posed by these formidable creatures, “They aren’t venomous but they are extremely strong, one of the most agile snakes that exist underwater. They are animals that feed and kill their prey underwater.”
Despite the close call, Severino brushed off the incident with a nervous laugh, continuing the fishing tour undeterred. Nevertheless, the encounter serves as a chilling reminder of the perils of getting too close to wildlife, particularly when they are ready to strike.
Anacondas can reach staggering lengths of 9 to 15 feet and weigh up to a jaw-dropping 550 pounds. Revered for their constriction abilities, they exert an astonishing 90 pounds per square inch (PSI) of force, equivalent to a school bus crushing one’s chest.
Furthermore, their bite force can reach a terrifying 900 PSI. While they rely more on their bodies than their teeth to overpower their prey, encountering any part of an anaconda can be a deadly affair.
Severino’s harrowing encounter will undoubtedly become a spine-chilling tale shared with future boat guests. However, not everyone has been as fortunate when coming face to face with these constrictors.
There have been numerous reports of pythons swallowing their human victims whole, including a tragic incident in 2018 when an Indonesian woman was discovered inside the belly of a gigantic snake.
As we watch the shocking video of Severino’s brush with the anaconda’s wrath, it serves as a stark reminder of the untamed power and unpredictability of nature.
Let this be a cautionary tale for all adventurers and wildlife enthusiasts alike, urging us to admire these magnificent creatures from a safe distance, preserving the delicate balance between humans and the animal kingdom.