Every so usually the myth is risen and expeditions are mounted to find supporting evidence, but without success to date. Similar tales exist of huge snakes, reaching 40 meters in length and two metres in diameter, living in the murky depths of the Amazon rainforest. British archaeologist and explorer, Colonel Percy Fawcett, was commissioned by the Royal Geographical Society of London in 1906 to map a region of the Peruvian Amazon in a dispute over valuable rubber production. While on the expedition in 1925 he disappeared on another trip to the area he claimed to have shot a giant anaconda 62 legs in length and 12 inches in diameter.
It had been the lure of those remarkable tales backed up by years of research which brought a Northern Ireland father and son, Mike and Greg Warner, to the region earlier this year. Mike said: The supposed giant anaconda isn’t the normal green in color, but dark brown. Although known by locals asthe black boa, it is actually a species of anaconda, not a boa. Mike has for ages been fascinated by tales of a giant serpent, much larger than any confirmed by scientists. He’s spent 23 years researching reports of the serpent, including detailed study of ancient art and culture spanning several millennia.
Mike, along with his 44 year old son Greg, decided to test his theories on the probable habitat of such a giant serpent and assembled a team to carry out detailed aerial surveys of two positions in the Amazon rainforest. With the aid of the Peruvian Embassy in London and authorities on the ground in the Amazon, he picked his team. Jose Valles Padilla, an experienced guide and translator, was hired along with Jorge Pinedo, a local aviator of 3 decades standing. The first problem they encountered was hazardous weather conditions they arrived throughout the rainy season.