Its the battle you never knew you needed: anaconda versus crocodile.
Kevin Dooley – a wildlife photographer from Albuquerque, New Mexico – was enjoying a spot of lunch in the tropical wetlands of Pantanal, Brazil.
The 58-year-old was immersed in the Amazon rainforest, on board a boat, when he turned to the right and witnessed an amazing site.
It was a massive 28ft anaconda and a caiman – one of the smallest crocodile species – embroiled in a tussle to the death.
I was sitting in a boat having our lunch when this happened. I couldnt believe it all. I heard all of this splashing, and when I looked I could see the caiman was suffering.
Dooley was around 30ft from the beasts, and added that the anaconda strangled the caiman to the point it even broke all of its legs.
It all happened in around eight minutes. I think eventually the anaconda ran out of oxygen and had to let go of the caiman.
This was the crocs time to strike. It launched its jaws into the anaconda – alas, it wasnt enough to conquer the snake.
Dooley said: But the snake managed to get away and slither out, I think eventually the caiman died.
The ruthlessness, the ice-cold nerve of it: the anaconda just slithered away and left the croc to die, probably quite a horribly slow death.
Its a rare moment of nature in its prime; two titanic forces of South American swamps, pitted against each other. Dooley said he thinks hell be waiting a long time to see this happen again.
I felt very blessed and very lucky and somewhat sad for the caiman. I never thought in my life I would witness something lRead More – Source