Yacumama Anaconda Located

I first came across this critterin a convincing report from the early twentieth century from a professionalobserver.  Tracking one down promised tobe very difficult and it has recently been done.

From the picture, it is obviousthat they did everything except stand on it.

Once again a legend of anaturally rare creature is tracked down and studied.  There is little new here except to recognize thata well known anaconda is truly capable of reaching this stupendous size.

We need to track down itsequivalent in the Congowhich was also photographed from the air some fifty years ago.

At some point for these snakes,their size makes the living easy and they hugely grow out to these stupendoussizes.

Yacumama' Anaconda Found in Peruvian Jungle

It sounds like an IndianaJones adventure. After 23 years of research including the detailed study ofancient art, cultures spanning 3000 years and three continents to the latest insatellite imaging technology, a father and son make an extraordinary trip deepinto the heart of the Peruvian Amazon to confirm their theories that this iswhere a giant anaconda with a difference lives. 

But that's precisely what Mike Warner (73) and his son Greg (44) have done,seeking evidence that this was the home of the Yacumama and actually capturinga picture of the creature. A leviathan of the jungle, which reports say reaches40 metres in length and two metres in diameter, it dwarfs any snake known toscience. 

This anaconda is not green but dark brown and is known by the locals as the'black boa' or 'Yacumama'. 

"Yacumama is translated as Mother of the Water and reports of this giantsnake abound throughout the Amazon basin and history." 

Mike, who is partially sighted, has spent 23 years researching the beast but itwas only six months ago when his son discovered his research documents and theydecided to take part in the incredble journey. 

Cryptozooologist Mike of Hillhall spent his life savings setting up theexpedition with Greg to find out more about the snake, which reports say canengorge water then shoot a monkey out of a tree like a water canon. 

The team spent 12 days in March using the latest satellite equipment to takeimages of the huge reptile and were able to officially announce the discoveryon May 2. 

The explorers were dogged by hazardous weather conditions in the middle of therainy season but eventually managed to take off by hydroplane from the Amazon River on day five of the expedition.

"Despite being buffeted by a freak storm we managed several flyovers at anaverage altitude of 400 feet recording video footage from two cameras at eitherside to the rear of the aircraft and Greg, located in the front with the pilot,taking around 300 still photographs" said Mike who had his 73rd birthdaywhile in Peru. 

After an exhausting 12 days in the jungle and a 30 hour trip back home thefather and son team were finally able to examine their photo evidence in moredetail, over 700 photos and five hours of video 

"The data is immense and will take months to fully appreciate but alreadyit supports our theories of 'channels' created by these giants as they maketheir way through the dense jungle knocking down trees 90 feet tall, but moreimportantly we managed to catch one of these reclusive giants on camera as itmade its way through one of its watery channels." 

It was Colonel Percy Fawcett, who was commissioned by the Royal GeographicalSociety of London in 1906 to map an area of the Peruvian Amazon in a disputeover rubber production who, after an encounter with a giant anaconda, firstdocumented large 'trails 6 feet wide' or what are now called 'channels'. 

And according to Greg it was the link made between his account and the evidenceof large irregular 'channels' at the site they visited that led to thediscovery. 

They have now shared their findings with the Peruvian government, the NationalGeographic Society in Washington and Queens Universityin Belfast

The team will now spend months analysing the footage and plan to return to samelocation in October to get thermal imagery which will help find the numbers ofanacondas. This time they hope to bring with them a television crew. 

Greg concluded: "The real hero is my father. It must be incredible to havespent 23 years researching this and then to succeed in an expedition whereothers had failed." 

There was an amazing postscript to their trip when an anaconda, believed to bethe one they located in March, is thought to have been responsbile for smashingthe house of an elderly couple in a small village in Peru earlier this week.

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