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On TV: River Monsters Series 5 resumes Tuesday 25 March 2014

River Monsters SERIES 6 will air in the US in 2014. Contains some spectacular moments, to rival anything we've done so far.

The number of 100lb-plus-plus fish, of different species, that we have caught on camera in inland waterways now stands at well over a dozen. But it's not just about size.

Jeremy Wade fishing the Congo


Jeremy Wade fishing the Nile

To catch up with seasons 1-4, River Monsters DVDs are available from the Animal Planet online shop (US/NTSC format). In the UK, DVDs of series 1-3 (PAL format, produced by ITV) are available from retail and online outlets.

River Monsters is produced by multiple award winning Icon Films

Jeremy Wade with redtail catfish



Jungle Hooks

Arapaima under water

Jungle Hooks India

Himalayan water monster


Jeremy Wade with 140lb wels catfish

Is it safe to get in the water?...

Nearly half the world's fish species live in just 0.01% of the world's water - our lakes and rivers. Yet most people know less about what lives in fresh water than they do about the oceans.

Because some rivers are very hard to get to - and/or too murky to see into, using normal means - many of their inhabitants are rarely or never seen in conventional natural history programmes.

River Monsters takes a different approach. Biologist and fishing detective Jeremy Wade starts by examining myths and fishermen's tales, subjecting them to scientific scrutiny to separate fact from fiction. Then he homes in on his targets using a fishing line. The results are some fish of staggering dimensions and appearance, including some spectacular TV 'firsts'.




Jungle Hooks logo (on Discovery)

Jungle Hooks was a fishing series with a difference, and where it all began.

With the help of a diverse cast of characters, we are lowered beneath the surface of this bewildering region - to a reality even stranger than the Amazon we imagined. Meanwhile the hunt for the arapaima has as many twists as the great river's course.

“Nowhere else in fresh water is there a fish so large and sporting ... and yet this giant has hardly been tested on a rod.”

Leander J. McCormick, in Game Fish of the World (1949), on the pirarucu (Arapaima gigas) of the Amazon







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