18 Foot Giant Anaconda Caught in Guyana

Screen Shot 2016-07-12 at 12.36.30 PMRob Pickles (R) and Niall McCann (second from L) hold the anaconda caught by the Rewa River in Guyana.

Real-life Indiana Jones, Niall McCann, realizes a life’s ambition by catching a giant anaconda. The adventurer, who has rowed the Atlantic and trekked across Greenland’s Polar Ice Cap, pounced on the jungle giant, which weighed over 220 pounds and had a girth of 27ins.

The 29-year-old biologist from Cardiff was exploring the tropical rainforests of Guyana when he happened across the monster reptile on a bank of the Rewa River. Niall, who has a passion for handling creatures that would have most people shaking in their boots, said: “I’d always dreamed of seeing an anaconda and I knew that our work in Guyana would give us a real possibility of seeing one. I was trying to hold its head to the ground and it kept trying to turn its head to bite me – it was wrestle. Its strength was amazing and when a ripple went through its body it shook all of us.”

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A close up of the anaconda caught by Niall McCann in the jungle of Guyana.

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Biologist Rob Pickles inspected the anaconda three weeks before the group returned to catch it on a bank of the Rewa River, in Guyana.

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He returned to find the giant 18 ft long river monster three weeks later. He would not leave the encounter unscathed…

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Niall McCann (R) and Rob Pickles (second from L) hold the anaconda caught by the Rewa River in Guyana. Pickles suffered a small bite, and the snake repeatedly attempted to subdue the researchers and their guides.

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Losing control!

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Niall McCann (second from L) and Rob Pickles (second from R) hold the anaconda caught by the Rewa River in Guyana.

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Biologist Niall McCann poses with the 18ft giant anaconda after a tense struggle with the massive snake.

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Rob Pickles (L) and two guides hold the anaconda caught by the Rewa River in Guyana.

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A guide holds up the tail of the anaconda caught on the bank of River Rewa by Niall McCann and Rob Pickles in Guyana.

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Meanwhile, a different anaconda from the one which was caught, spotted swimming in the River Rewa, in Guyana, was apparently watching the action…

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The giant anaconda slithered into the darkness of the jungle…

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