Monday, February 8, 2010
Photo from the Rivas' website
A few days ago, we watched a fascinating program on a pair of research scientists named Jesus and Sarah Rivas and their study of anacondas. Anacondas are enormous snakes in South America that slither through watery areas looking for prey to crush and consume. The scientists (a married couple) walk barefoot and bare-legged through the water. They use a long stick to poke around in front of them which assists in locating the anacondas. Once found, one of the researchers grabs the head of the snake and then they both work hard to wrestle into submission the remaining portion of a long, writhing, twisting, turning, powerful body.
Talk about bravery! The mere thought of walking barefoot in swampy, creepy crawly areas populated with the largest snakes in the world (not to mention crocodiles and other assorted critters looking for an easy meal) puts this couple in line for Heroes of the Year in my book. What people won't do in the name of research!
As Critter Alley blog readers know, I've had a run-in or two with snakes in the past. Therefore not only do I refrain from seeking snakes out, but I pale at any encounter with them. A blood-curdling scream and hasty retreat are my primary means of defense.
Beyond the shiver-enducing anacondas, there were other critters in the program that drew my interest enough to find out more about them.
Hint: They're big, too. Really big.
Results will be revealed in my next blog.