American naturalist Paul Rosolie wanted global attention on the destruction of the Amazon rainforest and he needed a stunt which was guaranteed to shock people. So he offered himself, hold your breath, as dinner to an anaconda - and was swallowed alive, filming every moment of it.
Anaconda, the largest snake in the world, usually suffocate its prey before ingesting it, making Rosolie's attempt all the more dangerous. But to his luck, he survived, and now people all around the globe will get to see his harrowing journey into the stomach of the beast, starting Sunday night on the Discovery Channel in the USA. The idea came to him after a decade spent working to save the rainforest habitat. "Everybody on the Earth knows that the rainforests are disappearing and most people can tell you how important they are, but still, not enough people are paying attention, not enough people realize this is such a problem."
He said that he was proud to take on the adventure, even though the prospect of dying in the process was hard to swallow. To avoid death due to suffocation, experts crafted for Rosolie a special carbon fibre suit, equipped with a breathing system, cameras and a system to communicate. The next challenge was finding a snake in the Peruvian Amazon jungle, for which they spent 60 days out in the jungle, camping, hiking, looking through swamps every night. Eventually, they found a female snake, six meters (20 feet) in length.
The explorer was swallowed head first and spent more than an hour inside the giant snake but kept in touch with his team the whole time. He said he was scared that something would go wrong, but at the same time, was very excited to do it. He did not reveal on how he was freed from the snake, but he insisted that he was the only one in danger.
After the US show, "Eaten Alive" will air on December 10 in Finland, Denmark, Hungary, Poland and Sweden, and two days later in Australia, before it is broadcast elsewhere, including China and India. Discovery expects at least three million viewers in the USA and a million others around the world.