Renowned underwater photographer Franco Banfi plunged into the Amazon and swam next to the 8-foot-long snakes to get unique photos.

Underwater photographer Franco Banfi risked his life for exclusive material and sank to the bottom of the Amazon River in Brazil, to swim with the giant anaconda.Traveler spent 10 days in the state of Mato Grosso Sul, during which he was able to capture on camera six largest species of all existing snakes.

The huge predator calmly led his normal life, swimming in the muddy waters of the river, or basking in the sun after a meal, not paying too much attention to the man with the camera.

“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.”

Amazon rainforests attract thousands of fans of exotic nature.
“At the first moment it’s scary because you don’t know the animal and everybody say it’s dangerous,” added Banfi. “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.”

The largest individual anaconda, ever measured was more than 11 meters in length.

Despite the fact that there is only one confirmed case of human death from these snakes, anacondas have glory of “human eaters” largely due to Hollywood movies.