THE BEST OF RIVER MONSTERS
The Goonch Catfish
Jeremy arrived at the Kali River in India and found a little-known catfish species that can grow to a large size: the Goonch, or Giant Devil Catfish.
While in Thailand, Jeremy swam into a school of young snakehead in order to find their enormous parents. Capable of growing to over 1 m in length (3.3 ft) and a weight of over 20 kg (44 lb), they are widely distributed in the fresh waters of Southeast Asia and some regions of India.
In the heart of Africa's 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. Here, Jeremy and a guide hold a Nile Perch caught in Uganda.
Jeremy ventured into the jungles of Guyana where he landed this goliath catfish known as a Piraiba, which can reach around 3.6 metres in length.
Jeremy traveled to the 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 proved an elusive opponent. Finally, Jeremy hooked this large gar, and found out once and for all that the Alligator Gar deserves its reputation as a river monster.
While in Derby, Western Australia, Jeremy encountered one his most fascinating catches yet - the mysterious freshwater sawfish. This critically endangered species reaches lengths of up to 7 metres
Giant Mekong Catfish
Jeremy landed this massive Giant Mekong Catfish while in Krabi, Thailand. In Thai folklore, this fish is regarded with reverence, and special rituals are followed and offerings are made before fishing it.
Jeremy pulled this Giant Grouper from the warmer waters off the Florida coast in southern USA.
Jeremy traveled 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.
While on a remote river in the Congo, Jeremy landed this bizarre looking Vundu Catfish.
While in the isolated and untouched jungles of Guyana, South America, Jeremy encountered the mysterious Payara! The payara's most noticeable feature is the two long fangs protruding from its lower jaw, that measure 4 to 6 inches long. This intimidating fish can reach up to 1-metre in length.
This gigantic Queensland grouper surprised Jeremy Wade and the River Monsters film crew, who weren't expecting to find something so monstrously huge.
Giant Siamese Carp
Jeremy holds a Giant Siamese carp, or giant barb, caught in the Mekong River. Only a fraction of its adult size, this fish is capable of growing to three metres in length and 660 pounds in weight.
Jeremy landed this bull shark while fishing at night in a Florida river that attracts hundreds of swimmers.