Brazil is home to a third of the world’s rainforests, including the infamous Amazon.
This makes the country one of the most biodiverse places in the entire globe, boasting of 56,000 described species of plants, 1,700 species of birds, 695 amphibians, 578 mammals, and 651 reptiles.
Not all are lucky to visit the Amazon and document its wondrous albeit dangerous surroundings, save for photographer and diver Brandon Cole. Specializing in marine environment, Cole is a very well known marine biologist who enjoys taking pictures of his encounters in the wild.
“Brazil is full of monsters. In the mighty Amazon, the vast spiderweb of writhing rivers and impenetrable bogs live giant snakes, vicious piranhas, prehistoric reptiles, mysterious shapeshifters and other fearsome creatures. For intrepid divers, it’s the modern equivalent of the first Western explorers’ grand adventures,” Cole explained.
One of the creatures he encountered in the Amazon was the iconic anaconda. It can grow over 30 feet (9 meters) long and can weigh an excess of 500 pounds. Despite being so close to the predator, Cole and his wife seem unfazed in their photos.
The pair also got to swim with the Amazon River dolphins, which are far less dangerous than the vicious snake yet equally fascinating. “Whereas the anaconda was aloof, the botos are downright gregarious, and local legend claims river dolphins take human form at night to seduce women,” Cole wrote.
Amongst the other sea creatures Cole and his wife witnessed were skittish reptiles, over 60 species of fish that includes Arapaima — a freshwater fish that can breathe air.
Of course, there were plenty to see on land too. Otters, jaguars, macaws and so much more all boasted of their rich environment they call home.
Image source: scubadiving.com