Poster from the first season
|Directed by||Charlotte Jones
|Presented by||Jeremy Wade|
|Country of origin||United States|
|No. of seasons||6|
|No. of episodes||41 + 18 specials + 2 additional episodes (List of episodes)|
|Executive producer(s)||Harry Marshall
Lisa Bosak Lucas
Doug MacKay Hope
|Running time||40 minutes (original version)
50 minutes (extended cut)
90 minutes (some opening and finale episodes)
|Production company(s)||Icon Films, Discovery Channel, ITV Studios|
|Distributor||ITV Studios Global Entertainment|
|Original channel||Animal Planet, ITV, Discovery Channel|
|Original run||April 5, 2009– Present|
|Animal Planet Site|
|Icon Films Site|
River Monsters is a United States wildlife documentary television programme produced for Animal Planet by Icon Films of Bristol, United Kingdom. Hosted by extreme angler and biologist Jeremy Wade who travels around the globe in search of the most fearsome freshwater killers. Looking for clues, eye witnesses and stories about people who were dragged underwater by these vicious predators, he tries to catch the biggest specimens and then release it back to the wild. His aim is to save these rare creatures from extinction and to help people understand the truth behind the horrific attacks on humans.
River Monsters became the most watched, most successful programmes in Animal Planet's history, and one of the most viewed series on Discovery Channel too. In the US, only the shortened version is shown and some animals Jeremy shows are just cut off. Only when it premieres on ITV (originally on ITV1) in the UK these missing scenes are shown.
- 1 Series preview
- 2 Episodes
- 3 Specials
- 4 Reception
- 5 See also
- 6 References
- 7 External links
River Monsters travels worldwide with Suffolk, United Kingdom born host, biologist, adventurer and extreme angler Jeremy Wade to explore freshwater mysteries and local folklore, possibly debunk these myths and track down these harrowing tales. The show has taken viewers to Germany, Spain, Italy, Scotland, Iceland, Norway, Argentina, Australia, New Zealand, Papua New Guinea, India, Japan, Russia, Suriname, Brazil, Ethiopia, Uganda, South Africa, the Republic of Congo, Mongolia, Guyana, and the American states of Alaska, Florida, Missouri, Oklahoma, Texas and Vermont.
In the first season, Wade's weekly quest had him in search of piranha, goonch catfish (during his investigation of the Kali River goonch attacks), alligator gar, wels catfish, arapaima, piraíba, and a freshwater species of shark, the bull shark. All of them are supposedly deadly creatures shrouded with mystery. The show also focuses on explaining the creatures' feeding habits, behavior and conservation status. Rebroadcasts of the episodes with captions showing behind the scenes commentary from the host about the particular episode can also be seen on both Animal Planet and Discovery Channel, these episodes going by the title River Monsters: Unhooked.
The second season of River Monsters began airing on 24 April 2010, although the first episode, titled "Demon Fish" first appeared on Discovery Channel on 28 March 2010. This season consists 7 episodes and takes viewers to the River Congo and other far-and-wide locations. In the episode, "Death Ray", Wade catches a pregnant female giant freshwater stingray, the largest fish he has ever caught. It later gives birth while it was being examined by Wade and a team of biologists. This season features the white sturgeon, Wade's another huge catch (although he said it's his biggest catch ever, the stingray he caught in an earlier episode was even bigger, so "Alaskan Horror" was probably filmed earlier).
Season One (2009)
|Episode||Title||Original air date||Unhooked air date|
|1||"Piranha"||5 April 2009||5 May 2010|
Brazil, following reports in which a bus crashes into the Amazon river, and all the passengers are eaten by a pack of red-bellied piranhas. He investigates this and other stories in order to determine if the piranha really deserve their reputation and what exactly triggers a feeding frenzy. During his trip to remote regions in the Amazon river basin, he finds out that the bloodthirsty piranha is just as predator as prey and finally he hears a chilling story about a child fallen into the river and after a few seconds, only the skeleton were found. He finally uncovers the truth that piranhas can be dangerous to humans in the dry season.
|2||"Killer Catfish"||12 April 2009||23 May 2010|
Kali River in India, where a number of mysterious drownings have occurred. He investigates the possibilities of the culprit being whirlpools or crocodiles, but determines neither fit. Wade eventually finds out of a little-known catfish species that can grow to a large size, the goonch, or giant devil catfish. He reasons that, since funeral pyres are done at the shore of the river, the fish feed off the burnt human remains. This would allow them to reach man-eating size, as well as giving them a taste of people. Jeremy then must face off against a large goonch which may prove there are monster goonch ready to eat people. When going after this fish Jeremy spends weeks trying to catch it, but the time eventually came when he had to take a risk and catch this elusive fish.
|3||"Alligator Gar"||19 April 2009||9 May 2010|
Trinity River in Texas to discover the truth behind the alligator gar, a massive predator blamed for horrifying attacks on people. Reports claim this fish is more dangerous than a man-eating shark. With huge jaws and two rows of needle-sharp teeth, the gar proves an elusive opponent. Throughout the years this fish was in the centre of humanity's misunderstanding. Large populations were killed by electric gar destroyers all around the country, bringing this huge animal into the near extinction. Bowfishermans also kill this fish with spears, but Jeremy wants to catch one alive and release it back safely. Finally hooking a large gar, Jeremy finds out once and for all if the alligator gar deserves its reputation as a river monster.
|4||"European Maneater"||26 April 2009||26 May 2010|
wels catfish is one of the largest catfish in the world. Medieval reports claim it is an aggressive man eater that will swallow you whole, even small children were found in one's stomach. After new reports surface of attacks in Berlin, Germany, Jeremy Wade dives deep into the mystery of these fish. He finds out that these giants attack when they are protecting their nests in the breeding season. His investigation later leads him to Spain, where a group of catfish were introduced into the warm watered Rio Ebro. Numerous factors led to these creatures taking over the ecosystem and possibly growing to man-eating size, for example because of the fishermen's 'catch and release' policy. There, Jeremy finds that these river monsters have no fear of man, and faces a potential maneater.
|5||"Amazon Assassins"||3 May 2009||28 April 2010|
Amazon has many river monsters. Anacondas, caimans, piranhas and jaguars all call this place home. Years ago, Jeremy Wade travelled here looking for the arapaima, a 10-foot long fish that has been known to ram predators with the force of a car crash. The trip resulted in Jeremy feeling the full force of one of these blows. Now Jeremy has returned to Brazil to once again face off against this fish and determine if the arapaima deserves to be on the Amazon's already large list of monsters. Journeying to the few spots where fishing for these fish is allowed, he encounters an arapaima farm where the fish do something surprising. Jeremy then hears stories of the Amazon's other killers, the caiman. He searches for these, as well as a mysterious legend with its roots buried deep in folklore. Then, after finding the perfect spot, he finally comes face to face with the legendary giant, whose body could become a living missile.
|6||"Amazon Flesh Eaters"||10 May 2009||2 May 2010|
South America in search of the Amazon's largest catfish, the Piraíba. Arriving there, Wade not only tries to catch this monster, but discovers that it belongs to a whole family of Amazonian killers. He catches as many catfish species as he can to prove that these whiskered predators really are the ultimate monsters of this place. He finds the Candiru, a small blood-sucking catfish that has entered a man's body in the most horrifying of places, and the Candiru-Acú, a small catfish that swarms around and drills holes in dead or dying animals, including humans, eating them from the inside out. Discovering the horrifying deeds of these fish only pushes him even further, until he faces off with the giant head of the murderous catfish family, 'the mother of all catfishes', the Piraíba.
|7||"Freshwater Shark"||17 May 2009||12 May 2010|
Sharks are perhaps the most dangerous and feared of all fish, but these predators are confined to the oceans. Or maybe not. The bull shark, the most dangerous and aggressive shark, has been known to swim miles up rivers. Jeremy follows reports of attacks in rivers near the most populated shores of Australia to find out why and how far these fish swim upstream. He traces the trail of blood left by these monsters from bays and lagoons to rivers, until he finally zeros in on the lair of these sea monsters. After seeing the evidence that these predators can even attack race horses and drag people underwater in completely fresh water, he realizes that he faces with a creature even deadlier than a great white shark. While fishing for one, Jeremy finds something even more shocking and terrifying than a full grown shark.
Season Two (2010)
|Title||Original air date||Unhooked air date|
|8||"Demon Fish"||28 March 2010||16 August 2010|
Featured Animals: Goliath tigerfishJeremy Wade travels deep into the jungles of the Congo in search of a little-known predator that may be the most terrifying monster of all: the Goliath Tigerfish. This creature combines everything that made all previous river monsters deadly, and then some. Growing to 6 feet long with the jaws and teeth of a crocodile, this beast is covered in armor plating and thick muscle. Basically a giant piranha, the tigerfish is believed to be responsible for gruesome deaths, both in and out of water. The search for the elusive tigerfish pushes Jeremy to his mental limit as he uses everything he knows as a fisherman, as well as some luck from a witch doctor, to find this terrifying monster and uncover the truth behind a number of violent attacks.
|9||"Death Ray"||25 April 2010||20 August 2010|
|10||"Killer Snakehead"||2 May 2010||9 August 2010|
|Illinois and gets a taste of how much of an impact an invasive species such as the silver carp can have on humans. Arriving at Khao Laem Dam along the River Kwai in Thailand, Wade uncovers stories of attacks, one being fatal. With no luck in reeling one in with a line, he then dives deep into a murky river right in the middle of a school of young snakehead, hoping to find their murderous parents.|
|11||"Congo Killer"||9 May 2010||6 August 2010|
|12||"Alaskan Horror"||16 May 2010||19 August 2010|
|Lake Iliamna is supposedly the home of a monster. Reports claim it grows 20 feet long and is responsible for the disappearance of many fishermen. Investigating the identity of this creature, Jeremy Wade faces cold-water fishing for the first time. He investigates the possibility of the monster being a Pike or a Beluga whale, but none would match the description. Wade then tries to find out a possible food source: Salmon. This results in the first salmon he has on the end of his line, only to have it stolen by a bear. After hearing an eyewitness' encounter, Jeremy is able to determine the identity of the monster: a White Sturgeon. These fish grow to 20 feet long and are known to leap out of the water, which could result in people going missing. Fishing for sturgeon, Wade faces what may be the biggest fish he's ever caught.|
|13||"Rift Valley Killers"||23 May 2010||19 August 2010|
|Rift Valley, lives the Nile Perch, Africa's largest freshwater fish. Growing to 6 feet long, this fish is considered a prize and is what many people brave countless perils to catch. Jeremy travels to the birthplace of humanity and the oldest and most dangerous fishing spot to find this legendary creature. He faces off against Crocodiles, Hippos, and Gangs to find the perch, and is amazed at the dangers people face every day in order to catch this fish. He then takes on these perils in order to land monster perch.|
|14||"Hidden Predator"||30 May 2010||12 August 2010|
Season Three (2011)
|Title||Original air date||Unhooked air date|
|15||"The Mutilator"||10 April 2011||29 May 2011|
|Papua New Guinea, two separate deaths have attracted the media: two men were found to have bled to death in the Sepik River as a result of a "ball-cutter" attacking villagers. Jeremy Wade travels to this unexplored river to uncover the creature responsible. While fishing for a possible food source, Wade makes an unusual discovery: a Pacu. These fish are related to the Piranha and are from South America, where they use their strange human-like teeth to eat nuts and fruits. Wade makes a terrible discovery about the seemingly-placid pacus living in the Sepik.|
|16||"Flesh Ripper"||17 April 2011||24 May 2011|
Featured Animals: New Zealand longfin eelAfter reading reports of flesh-eating eels in New Zealand, Jeremy Wade journeys to a land which he always thought a safe place to swim. Captain James Cook's memoirs and Māori folklore's tell of man-eating snake-like creatures. He treks into the Waitomo Caves and Lake Manapouri and discovers just how savage and dangerous these "devourers of men" can be. Armed with razor-sharp teeth which prevent escape, these eels spin and tear off bits of flesh like a crocodile. Although he already knows they have the ability to cause serious harm, Wade still must determine if they have the attitude to attack a human in order to find out if they deserve their reputation. The only way to do this is to put himself on the menu.
|17||"Silent Assassin"||24 April 2011||26 May 2011|
|Paraná River, a young girl was killed by a river stingray. Venturing to a country he's never been to before, to face a fish he's never heard of before, Jeremy travels to this river in order to find the killer: the Shorttail River Stingray, which grows to 6 feet across. Unlike Thailand's Giant Freshwater Stingray, this fish isn't long or wide. Instead it is thick and heavy, with a short, clublike tail with which it delivers its venomous sting. After hearing many more reports of attacks, Jeremy becomes determined to face this beast, which can glue itself to the river bottom like a suction cup. Its strength is then proven as Wade hooks into this tank-like fish in what is his longest battle to date.|
|18||"Chainsaw Predator"||1 May 2011||28 May 2011|
|19||"Electric Executioner"||15 May 2011||23 May 2011|
|Pará dying at the same time without any bite marks on them, he rules out piranhas and stingrays. After hearing a witness' claim, he concludes that the killer was an Electric Eel: an 8-foot, snake-like fish that possesses the bizarre ability to produce up to 600 volts of electricity. Following stories of "invisible powers", he journeys all over Brazil, searching for the elusive fish. Jeremy then comes across a story that confirms the eel's ability to kill a man, but he still tries to find out if it can kill three as the story claims. After searching through the smallest of ponds he can find in the dry season, he finally finds a large eel in little more than a mud-puddle. After fishing it out, Wade makes a startling discovery that could possibly explain three men dying at once.|
|20||"Cold Blooded Horror"||22 May 2011||25 May 2011|
|Japan to learn more about its legendary river monsters. In a Tokyo fish market, he interviews many fisherman and uncovers two seemingly unbelievable stories: the Namazu, an enormous catfish that supposedly causes the numerous earthquakes in Japan whenever it wriggles its huge body; and the Kappa, a gremlin-like beast that drags children underwater and devours their souls. On Lake Biwa, Wade investigates the origin of the namazu legend as well as searches for a connection between catfish and earthquakes. After finding a reasonable explanation, he turns his attention to the Kappa. After visiting a shrine to the creature, he finds an alleged mummified kappa and starts wondering if the kappa isn't a fish, but something else entirely. Wade speaks with a scientist about what other creatures live in Japanese rivers, and he learns of a creature known as the Hanzaki, which can grow to 6 feet. Diving into a swift-moving stream, Jeremy comes face-to-face with the strangest and most unexpected river monster he's ever met.|
|21||"Jungle Killer"||30 May 2011||1 June 2011|
|Brokopondo Reservoir in the remote jungles of Suriname, where he interviews the victim and hears his idea of the culprit. The man claims the fish was the much-feared "anjumara", a Wolf Fish: a large, aggressive predator with razor-sharp teeth. Wade travels deep into the jungle in search of a monster fish and uncovers more reports of their savagery, attacking people and animals on both land and sea. After a "shocking" event and a plague of piranha and caiman, Jeremy comes face-to-face with what is perhaps South America's most vicious fish.|
Season Four (2012)
|Title||Original air date||Unhooked air date|
|22||"American Killers"||1 April 2012||21 May 2012|
Jeremy Wade has travelled all over the world looking for killer freshwater fish. He has been down the Amazon, deep in the heart of Africa, in the murkiest swamps, in the Alaskan subarctic, and everywhere in between. But are there dangerous killers lurking in the lakes and rivers of the United States? Travelling to Florida, Jeremy once again encounters the bull shark, a species known to swim in freshwater, which he has faced before in Australia and South Africa. Bull sharks are believed to have been responsible for the Jersey Shore Shark Attacks of 1916, which inspired the 1974 novel Jaws. Three of the five attacks that occurred took place in a freshwater river. Following reports of sharks prowling the freshwater canals of Florida, Jeremy once again reels in a monster shark, as well as a little extra.
Next, Wade returns to Texas' Trinity River, for a rematch with the alligator gar. In season 1, he had caught a 7-foot female gar and concluded that the fish had no interest in attacking people. Now, reports have surfaced that gar in Texas are once again reaching lengths of up to 14 feet, the perfect size for a potential killer. Having already experienced their impenetrable armour and razor sharp teeth, Jeremy follows reports of giant gar all over the Trinity, only to find possible evidence of giant gar in a very unexpected place.Then, Jeremy turns his attention to the Lake of the Ozarks, America's 3rd most dangerous lake, to investigate stories of catfish growing to man-eating proportions. Local divers have allegedly witnessed giant catfish and been too scared to dive in the lake again. Jeremy uncovers unbelievable stories of catfish eating already deceased humans, but he wonders if a catfish could ever be big enough or strong enough to kill a person. He finds his answer in Oklahoma, where people catch catfish in a very unusual and dangerous method.
|23||"Pack of Teeth"||8 April 2012||21 May 2012|
|Okavango River delta in Botswana, a ferry tips over. All the passengers die, and their bodies are retrieved stripped of flesh. Authorities write it off as crocodiles, but Jeremy Wade isn't so sure. The corpse resemble those devoured by piranha and beggars the question if this was another case of an introduced species running amok. Travelling to the murky swamps of the delta, he is informed of a fish known locally as the ndweshi, which swarms in packs and is greatly feared. Described as long and muscular, with large teeth and horizontal black stripes, Jeremy goes hunting for a fish to match the description. Following a flock of birds, he finds a group of large predatory fish causing a commotion in the water. Casting out, he lands an African Tigerfish, a smaller cousin of the Goliath Tigerfish he caught in season 2. Believing to have found the ndweshi, he tries to discover if they really are pack-hunting killers. Hearing of a rare event believed to attract large numbers of tigerfish, Wade sets out only to find himself in the middle of a feeding frenzy.|
|24||"Invisible Executioner"||15 April 2012||22 May 2012|
After hearing reports of fishermen disappearing in the Zambezi River in Zambia, Jeremy Wade journeys there to uncover the truth behind their deaths. He hears tales of a man getting pulled in and drowning in the rapids after hooking into a monster fish. The natives believe it to be the work of a large, serpentine fish the size of a man. They also tell Wade of a snakelike river spirit called Nyaminyami, who is angry at the Kariba Dam for blocking its river. Believing Nyaminyami to be inspired from the killer fish, he travels to Lake Kariba to find the beast. After nearly being capsized in a storm, Jeremy hears reports of small toddlers and children being eaten by the fish, known locally as "Mazunda," as well as a fisherman being dragged to the depths beneath the dam. Interviewing a witness of the "Mazunda," Wade learns of the Vundu Catfish, southern Africa's largest fish. Travelling all over the Zambezi, Jeremy gains access to the prohibited waters directly beneath the dam, where he finally hooks into a monster.Note* The Vundu catfish was also featured in the Season 2 episode "Congo Killers," no mention was made in this episode of ever having caught it before.
|25||"Asian Slayer"||22 April 2012|
Jeremy Wade's journey into extreme fishing started in India, where he caught large Mahseer, and where he later caught a massive Goonch that had been killing bathers. Now, he returns following reports of a new predator, capable of taking pets and small children. Looking around, he uncovers its identity: the Sareng Catfish, a streamlined predator with long jaws and sharp teeth. He also finds a problem: the sareng is sacred in India's Hindu religion and harming it is believed to curse you with bad luck. Almost immediately he encounters problems when the lake where he is fishing is closed and tries his luck in the wilderness of Corbett National Park, sharing the territory with man-eating tigers and wild elephants. The monsoon comes early and the fish are not biting, forcing him to leave the river. In order to escape what appears to be the wrath of the gods, he travels to Thailand to a lake inhabited by sareng, as well as countless other introduced river monsters. Despite not being a Hindu country, Thailand offers no protection from the gods as Jeremy seemingly catches every fish, especially Red-tailed catfish, in the lake but the sareng. Deciding to face his demons instead of running from them, he returns to India to take part in a Hindu blessing, in order to appease the gods and convince them he means the fish no harm. Returning to the river, Jeremy finds he may have finally met his match.Note* The Sareng was caught in the Lost Reels episode: Himalayan Giants, but was not mentioned here.
|26||"Killer Sharks and Rays"||29 April 2012|
|27||"Russian Killer"||6 May 2012||24 May 2012|
|Amur River. There, he interviews some of the locals. They mention that there is some kind of large fish in the river, but they don't tell him anything else. Believing that they are keeping some sort of secret, he talks to a local biologist, who tells him of an encounter with the Kaluga: a predatory freshwater sturgeon species known to grow up to 18 feet long. Armed with an enormous mouth, this fish could easily drag people in the water when hooked. After the fall of the Soviet Union, a sudden surge of fishing nearly wiped them out, as they produce delicious caviar. Now, people keep up illegal fishing for them and tell nobody, explaining the locals' secretive behaviour involving the fish. Journeying with a team of biologists who can legally catch the fish for research, Jeremy sets out to catch what may be the last of these monstrous fish.|
|28||"Mongolian Mauler"||13 May 2012||25 May 2012|
|Delger-Moron River, he braves venomous vipers, violent gangs of gold prospectors and dangerous rapids. The legendary Taimen proves elusive and his Mongolian guide brings in a shaman in hopes of appeasing the river spirit.|
|29||"Phantom Assassin"||20 May 2012||23 May 2012|
|Glyphis sharks who can not only tolerate freshwater, but are purely freshwater fish. When a report of an unidentified attack on a person in Australia's Fitzroy River emerges, Jeremy wade journeys down under, wondering if the attacker was a Northern River Shark, a species of Glyphis Shark, and be one of the few people to catch one. Ruling out crocodiles and Bull Sharks, Jeremy determines that the little-known shark just might be the culprit. Joining a group of scientists, he sets out to a very dangerous body of water, only to make a discovery that could reveal the truth behind the attack. Then, battling both the odds and the tides, Jeremy hooks into a mysterious predator and becomes the first man to film it alive.|
|30||"Lair of Giants"||27 May 2012||28 May 2012|
|Guyana, South America, where early explorers wrote about a river system filled with mysterious giants. Armed with only old journals and his rod, Wade embarks on an epic journey where he'll tackle the Essequibo — South America's third largest and largely unconquered river. He immerses himself in the culture of the Mucushi and must earn the trust of these native people in order to gather their knowledge and hear their stories. Once again he'll set out to separate fact from fiction. His last and greatest catch turns out to be a species of Arapaima new to science.|
Season Five (2013)
|Title||Original air date||Unhooked air date|
|31||"Face Ripper"||7 April 2013||20 May 2013|
|32||"Atomic Assassin"||14 April 2013||17 May 2013|
|33||"Killer Torpedo"||21 April 2013||23 May 2013|
|34||"Colombian Slasher"||5 May 2013||24 May 2013|
|Colombia's area of the Amazon, hearing the story of a bride that was attacked by an unidentified creature. As he searches for the mystery, he faces the dense and deadly jungles, as well as Colombian rebel groups. After extensive fishing leads him to discount all present suspects, Wade makes a startling discovery - stingrays, which he previously believed struck randomly with their deadly barbs, actually aim their barbs and can become embedded in a victim's flesh. When he learns of a similar stingray attack, Wade attempts to catch a ray big enough to have dragged the bride off into the water.|
|35||"Vampires of the Deep"||12 May 2013||26 May 2013|
|Lake Champlain and sets off to uncover the truth. After discovering countless fish in the lake bearing the signs of this ancient predator, he learns from a victim that the attacker is the sea lamprey. Unable to catch the fish using a rod and line, Wade offers himself as bait to test the lampreys' abilities and then travels to the Pacific Northwest to catch lamprey by hand with a native tribe.|
|36||"Legend of Loch Ness"||27 May 2013|
|Jeremy Wade has taken on the world’s most legendary river monsters but one - the Loch Ness Monster. It’s a challenge he’s been reluctant to take on … until now. Wade's initial exploration of the loch turns up no signs of a monster, but an ancient folktale directs him to Viking legends and Iceland, where he learns of the Greenland shark, a massive species that inhabits cold, deep water. In Norway, Wade joins a fishing expedition to a deep fjord to catch one of these monstrous sharks. At the end of his punishing journey into the Arctic Circle, Wade catches a Greenland shark and concludes it could possibly have inspired the Loch Ness legend due to its lack of the signature dorsal fin most sharks possess.|
Season Six (2014)
|Title||Original air date||Unhooked air date|
|37||"Amazon Apocalypse"||6 April 2014|
|38||"Jungle Terminator"||13 April 2014|
|electric eel is quickly identified as the culprit. Initially reluctant to believe that the eel can inflict such injuries, Wade sets off deep into the jungle to meet a remote tribe with a unique method of catching the fish: by hand.|
|39||"River of Blood"||20 April 2014|
|40||"Man-Eating Monster"||4 May 2014|
|41||"Bone Crusher"||18 May 2014|
|42||"Body Snatcher"||26 May 2014|
|Guyana that is blamed for the disappearances of many victims. The creature, nicknamed the "water mama" by locals, is described as a real-life mermaid. Setting off deep into the jungle to find out what could possibly have inspired such a legend, Wade finds himself once again doing battle with his greatest adversary, the Arapaima. Not only are the arapaima in the area far bigger and more aggressive than those he has ever battled before, they are illegal to fish for. Through contact with a local chief, Wade manages to secure permission to fish for arapaima, but must do so in a way he has never done before - by fly fishing. Feeling outgunned due to this handicap, Wade soon finds himself locked in combat with the largest arapaima he has ever caught.|
Season Seven (2015)
On May 19, 2014, Animal Planet renewed the series for seventh season.
Specials for Season Two (2010)
|Special||Title||Original air date|
|1||"Killer Catfish (Extended Cut)"||31 May 2010|
golden mahseer, Indian narrow-headed softshell turtle, gharial, South Asian river dolphin, Indian flapshell turtle.
The Lost Reels
|No.||Title||Original air date|
|1||"Amazonian Giant"||27 May 2011|
|2||"Himalayan Giant"||27 May 2011|
|Title||Original air date|
|2||"The Deadliest"||3 April 2011|
Jeremy Wade tells of the most dangerous of all the River Monsters he's ever faced.
"Piranha"- Jeremy tosses a dead duck in the water and witnesses the ferocity of the flesh-eating piranha.
"Freshwater Shark"- Jeremy hooks into a goliath fish; Jeremy proves that sharks aren't just sea monsters.
"Killer Snakehead"- Jeremy dives into a school of snakehead young in order to find their murderous parents."Demon Fish"- Jeremy faces the ultimate river monster: the Goliath Tigerfish.
|3||"The Most Bizarre"||8 May 2011|
Recalling an encounter with a mysterious animal he sighted in the Amazon, Jeremy Wade relives his encounters with the world's most bizarre freshwater fish, and reveals the identity of his mystery creature.
"Amazon Flesh Eaters"- Jeremy comes face to face with a fish capable of swallowing a man whole: Jeremy finds a gruesome scene of how aggressive Amazon fish are; Jeremy meets the fish that devours you from the inside-out; Jeremy uncovers a shocking tale of a fish entering the body of a man in the most horrifying of places; Jeremy meets a very unusual catfish.
"Alligator Gar"- Jeremy encounters a monster fish with a deadly set of teeth in the Deep South."Congo Killers"- Jeremy meets some villagers with a very bizarre fish that can breathe air.
|4||"River Monsters Goes Tribal"||29 May 2011|
|Solomon Islands in the South Pacific to put his fishing skills to the test. Living with an island tribe with ancient customs, he learns of their traditional and even unusual fishing methods using bows, vines, and spiderwebs. Inspired by Ernest Hemingway's novel, The Old Man and the Sea, read nearly four decades earlier, Jeremy finally achieves his lifelong dream of landing a shark simply with a baited handline...and no less in a dugout canoe!|
|5||"Killer Sharks and Rays"||29 April 2012|
Jeremy Wade relives his most memorable encounters with deadly sharks and rays.
"Electric Executioner"- Jeremy reels in an unusual-looking stingray.
"Silent Assassin"- Jeremy hooks into a massive river stingray in the longest battle on the show to date.
"River Monsters Goes Tribal"- After gaining the tribe's trust, Jeremy lives his dream of reeling in a full-grown shark, with his bare hands.
"Freshwater Shark"- Jeremy discovers that Bull Sharks not only live in rivers, but breed in them.
"Hidden Predator"- Jeremy lands an enormous Bull Shark, in a heavily populated river."Chainsaw Predator"- Jeremy finds an elusive species of ray that swims up rivers, and wields the most terrifying weapon of all time.
|6||"Killer Weapons"||22 May 2012|
Episodes Featured "Chainsaw Predator" - Jeremy goes through and gets a dangerous sawfish."Electric Executioner" - Jeremey finds the utuimate eel. "Flesh Riper" - Jeremey fishes an eel in New Zealand. "Hidden Predator" - Wade finds a camouflaged shark in Australia. Amazon Flesheaters - Wade goes to Amazon River and catches the candiru.
|7||"Lethal Legends"||23 May 2012|
"Cold Blooded Horror" - Jeremy caught a Japanese Giant Salamander by hand.
"Alaskan Horror" - Jeremy caught a White sturgeon
"Asian Slayer" - Jeremy encounters problems when he tries to fish for the Sareng Catfish, a fish sacred in Hindu religion.
"Flesh Ripper" - Jeremy caught a New Zealand longfin eel using a technique he learnt from a local fisherman."Invisible Executioner" - Jeremy investigated the legend of Nyaminyami, a snakelike river spirit. He hooked a vundu after he was given permission to fish in a restricted area, located directly beneath a dam.
|8||"Deadliest Encounters"||24 May 2012|
Jeremy recounted some of his closest call with death with forces beyond his control that nearly turned danger into disaster.
Episodes Featured "Jungle Killer" - Jeremy and his crew were struck by lighting while fishing for Giant Wolf Fish in Suriname, Brazil.
"Amazon Assassins" - Having once being injured by Arapaima, Jeremy tried to overcame his fear for the fish by helping some Arapaima fisherman at a fish farm. Out in the wild, Jeremy managed to catch a giant 150lb Arapaima.
"American Killers"- Jermey tried hand-catching for Flathead Catfish in Oklahoma.
"Killer Snakehead" - Jeremy travelled to Thailand and hunted for Giant snakehead in a murky river with his guide using a rusty hand-made spear gun.
"River Monsters Goes Tribal" - Jeremy dived into a reef full of sharks without getting bitten.
"Rift Valley Killers" - Jeremy encountered crocodile and hippopotamus while helping the local fisherman tend their fishing nets for Nile Tilapia."Alaskan Horror" - Jeremy travelled to Alaska to fish for Sockeye Salmon. The first salmon he caught was stolen by a Grizzly Bear cub.
|9||"Deadliest Catfish"||27 May 2012|
Jeremy remembers some of his encounters with the catfish family over the years.
Episodes Featured "European Maneater" - Jeremy investigates Wels Catfish where medieval accounts reported a aggressive maneater that swallow man whole.
"Amazon Flesheaters" - Jeremy catches the Redtail catfish. He also find the Candiru which has entered a man's body through his urethra. Finally, he investigates the Candiru-Acù, a small catfish that dills hole in dead or dying animals before eating them from inside.
"Amazon Flesheaters" - Jeremy catches the Amazon's largest catfish, an 80 lb Piraiba Catfish.
"Asian Slayer" - Jeremy investigates the Sareng Catfish in India."Killer Catfish" - Jeremy attempts to catch a Goonch Catfish which has reportedly grew to man-eating size.
|10||"Year of Beasts"||20 May 2013|
|Jeremy recounts the exciting adventures of season 5, as he faces never before seen stunts in search of true monsters.|
|11||"Top 10 Beasts"||24 May 2013|
|Jeremy counts down the greatest beasts who have taken over 30 years to track down.|
|12||"Worst Nightmares"||31 October 2013|
|Jeremy relives the encounters that have haunted him over time.|
|"Monster-Hunting Secrets"||18 May 2014|
|In this special episode of River Monsters, Jeremy Wade reveals his own hard-won trade secrets: the tactics and techniques that help him land the biggest and most unpredictable fresh-water predators. Jeremy shows how using the wrong rod to catch a giant stingray in Thailand taught him a valuable lesson, the hard way! He demonstrates the line he used to bring in a man-eating Piraiba in Brazil; how catching the fearsome Goliath Tiger on the Congo River required a special rig of hooks; and how the torpedo-like Tarpon in Nicaragua demanded a radical approach. But how did he manage to bring up the elusive Greenland Shark from a depth greater than the height of the Empire State Building?|
|"Killer Mysteries"||20 May 2014|
|In this special episode of River Monsters, Jeremy Wade relives some of the toughest and most baffling cases of his career. He turns detective to unravel the truth behind the mysterious legend of an ancient child killer in Japan and devises an experiment to finally reveal the killer of a young bride in Colombia. In some cases, it’s not the fish but the location itself that becomes his greatest adversary. In The Republic of the Congo, Jeremy fears for his own life in his hunt to track down a river monster. And in the Amazon, he faces his most daunting challenge, putting himself directly in the firing line to prove that a perpetrator with no motive belongs to that sinister line-up of fresh-water killers.|
|"Lethal Encounters"||21 May 2014|
|Jeremy Wade has placed himself in more danger than he cares to remember during his 30 years of traveling the globe. In this special edition of River Monsters, Jeremy relives some of his most lethal encounters and looks back at the cases that took him to the brink of disaster in the most hostile environments on the planet. Whether he encounters a plane crash, a lightning bolt, a predator with an invisible weapon or a radioactive landscape, Jeremy reveals how the hunt for a true river monster can take him to death’s door at any moment.|
|"American Horrors"||22 May 2014|
|For three decades, Jeremy Wade has traveled the world to find the biggest and most fearsome River Monsters on the planet. But not all monsters live in remote jungles - there are fearsome fish much closer to home. In this special edition of River Monsters, Jeremy relives the biggest and most surprising catches of his career, right in America’s backyard. Jeremy reveals the powerful and potentially lethal fish that lurk across much of the United States, before he exposes its most destructive and devastating monster of all, an ancient fish that threatens to take over America’s largest bodies of fresh water.|
River Monsters had the best series premiere in Animal Planet's network history by delivering 1.3 million viewers. It was also its most watched regularly airing primetime telecast in over six years. The second episode of Animal Planet's River Monsters delivered a 39% boost in total viewers (1.866 million) compared to the series premiere. Those numbers made it the best performing regularly scheduled primetime telecast in Animal Planet's history. The first season of River Monsters made it the best performing show in Animal Planet's history with every episode averaging over 1 million households. The season finale delivered about 1.47 million households.
Its second season premiere episode became the network's best season premiere ever. It drew in 1.7 million total viewers.
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