Diver has heart-stopping face-to-face encounter with a 23-foot giant anaconda

Diver has heart-stopping face-to-face encounter with a 23-foot giant anaconda

There are some creatures I love coming face-to-face with; dogs, rabbits, and the occasional cat. But there are some creatures I would never want to look directly in the eye while lurking deep in a Brazillian river; such as a 23-foot (seven-meter) anaconda.

Well, that's exactly what happened to Bartolomeo Bove and his friend Juca Ygarape when they were diving in the Formoso River in central Brazil. 

Recorded on July 29, the divers captured spectacular footage of the giant green anaconda as it slithered over the riverbed.

Check out the spectacular footage below, and watch for the moment the divers come face-to-face with this 90kg giant:

Speaking to Newsflare, Bove said:

"The rivers and the bodies of water around the Bonito area are the only places in South America where Anacondas can be found in crystal clear waters, and therefore diving with them is possible

"As shown in the footage the anaconda swims calm and peaceful, completely indifferent to our presence, some times 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 life."

The green anaconda is currently the largest snake on the planet and can grow up to 30 foot in length and weigh as much as 250kg.

Bove may have wanted to show these creatures as gentle giants, but anacondas do have an aggressive size, especially when threatened to hungry. This is the moment a giant yellow anaconda wrestled with a huge caiman: