Gobsmacked fisherman hooks alligator out of water – and finds anaconda attached

A man out fishing in Brazil got more than he bargained for when he hooked an alligator which moments later was attacked by a giant anaconda.

In a video of the hairy incident, he is reeling in the giant animal when the snake wraps itself around his catch, having also set its sights on the tasty snack.

Judging by the footage, the snake is at least as thick as an adult man's leg and looks large enough to swallow the alligator whole.

The video, recorded on October 21, was circulated amongst fishermen in the state of Mato Grosso do Sul and then exploded on social media around the world.

It may have been filmed in the Pantanal, the tropical wetland and flooded grasslands located mostly in the same state but it is not confirmed.

Despite global attention, the fisherman who filmed the video has not been identified.

The hook and line used by the fisherman in the video are prohibited for use by amateur fishermen, and can only be used by professionals, according to local media.

It was not revealed whether the man extricated the alligator from its meal, or he gave up and allowed the snake to have an easy feast.

The story was widely shared in local media including big national publications like Globo as well as featuring on social media including Facebook and YouTube notching up millions of views.

Anacondas famously kill their prey by tightening their bodies around it, cutting off its blood supply, causing the animal to pass out and then die.

The snakes, also known as water boas, are found throughout tropical South America.

Alligators and caimans are found throughout the Americas and in eastern China.

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