Saturday 10 November 2012

giant anaconda and giant mystery fish in news

Diver Swims With 26-Foot Anaconda
Franco Banfi, a 53 year-old explorer who is an avid snake lover has unearthed images of the huge 26-foot anacondas of Mato Grosso in Brazil.The Mato Grosso do Sul is a Brazilian river and Banfi was able to take numerous photos of the huge snake scanning the water for food, which comes in the form of mice, fish or birds.The Swiss diver and his team visited the region for ten-days and were able to locate several of these beasts and get extremely close to them as they laid on the riverbank. One particular anaconda had recently eaten a capybara rodent so was resting and not hungry.Banfi, who is a father-of-two stated, “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.”Throughout his trip he unearthed six different female anaconda snakes in the Mato Grosso do Sul region, which is in the heart of South America.

An Amazing Cabo Tale of a 300-Pound Mystery Fish
by Doug Olander
What began as an incredibly unlikely capture of one of the world’s rarest fish just kept getting weirder for angler Joe Estrada of San Antonio, with whom I caught up via phone recently.Just after sunup on Thursday, November 1, not far off Cabo’s famed arch, Estrada and two buddies —  Wayne Tauer and Greg Graham, also from San Antonio — were headed offshore on Dr. Pescado II, when something not right caught their eye.As they drew near to something at the surface, they began to make out what seemed an impossible shape -- longer than a man, a fish shaped remotely like a mahi but looking far different was swimming in circles. The bright red/orange/pink fish was like nothing they had ever seen.The anglers learned later that their prize was a louvar. Louvars inhabit warm seas around the world, generally living in deep ocean waters near the surface where they feed on jellyfish. They’re known to grow quite large, and Estrada says they figured this one to be in the vicinity of 300 pounds. (A much smaller louvar was caught off Cabo in the mid-90s.)

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