World's longest anaconda


(Worldkings) Gordon Buchanan, cameraman turned presenter for BBC and the team from Waorani tribe went on their greatest challenge – The pursuit of Anaconda. Knowing that anaconda’s preferred water to terra firma, the enthusiastic tribes ran down a humongous snake lurking in the shadowy depths of mossy water. Gordon Buchanan was astounded when he saw the monstrous head of the snake.

The world's longest anaconda has been discovered in the Amazon jungle – and it measures in at a whopping 17 feet long.

The huge reptile was uncovered during filming for new  BBC documentary Tribes, Predators and Me.

In the first episode presenter Gordon Buchanan joins a Waorani tribal family in Ecuador's Amazon jungle as they search for giant anacondas.

The tribe, who know this remote rainforest better than anyone else, teach Gordon their secrets for surviving here, using blow pipes and sharpened sticks to hunt monkeys and wild pigs.

Source: BBC

But his greatest challenge is to help them catch and release a massive anaconda, which is the Amazon's most dangerous animal.

The tribe also believe the proven maneater can hold the key to their future and has high spiritual importance to them.

Source: BBC

There is also a scientific reason for the capture as the Waorani are losing their land to oil exploration - with scientists testing anacondas for the effects of oil pollution.

The anaconda caught and then released in the programme is the longest ever to be recorded at more than 17 feet long.

For the men of this tribe, capturing and releasing large anacondas unharmed is a demonstration of their bravery which they believe provides them with spiritual power.

Source: BBC

In the programme Gordon has two weeks to learn the Waorani tribe’s ancient wildlife secrets. These people are masters of the forest and have learnt to live alongside animals we fear, such as jaguars and even huge anacondas.

With their help Gordon sees mysterious Amazon river dolphins and encounters a powerful jaguar.

He joins the Waorani on a dangerous peccary spear hunt and as they pursue monkeys high in the forest canopy, using blow pipes and poison darts. 

He sees how the women garden within the forest and how they befriend wild animals such as monkeys, parrots and even huge tapirs.

Pham Duy Nghia -Source: BBC


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