Follow Us

Brazilian TV Star Learns That, Indeed, This Anaconda Don't Want None

After days of diving in Brazil, daredevil Karina Oliani got to see an enormous green anaconda underwater. However, she found the species aren't that scary.


Encountering an enormous anaconda underwater might sound like the most terrifying thing imaginable. So the news that someone spent days seeking out such an encounter might blow your mind.

But that's exactly what Brazilian TV star Karina Oliani recently did for her upcoming new series Wild Ocean. Oliani, who has also been a professional diver since 2002, says it had always been a dream of hers to see one of the elusive snakes underwater, and after several days of diving in Bonito, Brazil, she finally spotted an enormous female.

Barcroft

It might not surprise you to learn though, that much like other large predators, anacondas have a bit of an unfair reputation (thanks to films like Anaconda). Though they are certainly skilled hunters, green anacondas (the species most of us mean when we say "anaconda") aren't actually man-eating monsters.

"Green anacondas have a scary reputation, but there is little reason for most people to fear them," wildlife ecologist David Steen told Azula. "Although there are a couple incidences of green anacondas striking or biting people in a manner consistent with predatory behavior, there is not a single documented human death from a green anaconda."

Barcroft

Oliani seemed to learn this with her experience, as well, as she told reporters, “We were definitely not on her menu, but it is a wild predator and you should not approach it in a way that makes it feel threatened."

David Steen also explained to Azula, "If someone were to encounter an anaconda in the wild, they should treat it as they would treat any large and potentially dangerous animal: observe and respect it from a safe distance."

Show Comments ()
Illustration by Fabio Manucci

This 10-Foot Crocodile Once Terrorized Great Britain

Scientists' recent discovery of the Melksham Monster has changed everything we thought we knew about crocodile evolution.

Keep Reading Show less

Let's Stay in Touch Subscribe Shark

Credit: Chris Van Wyck

Meet the Turtle With the Best Hair in the Animal Kingdom

The world would be a cooler, chiller place if we all took some hairstyle cues from Australia's Mary River turtle.

Keep Reading Show less

via YouTube

WATCH: This Baby Seal Is Determined to Surf With People

Surfers Matt and Andrew were catching some waves during the summer when a baby seal decided to join.

Keep Reading Show less

Let's Stay in Touch Subscribe Shark