History Series / RiverMonsters

4th Jun '16 5:33:35 PM Theriocephalus
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* EndangeredSpecies: A lot of them. In nearly every episode Jeremy laments the fact river monsters worldwide are on the verge of extinction, since they have almost nothing going for them to work against human pressure; bad or nonexistent PR, slow breeding rates, position at top of food chain, favoured food supply due to large size, habitat requirements that work against development.....

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* EndangeredSpecies: A lot of them. In nearly every episode Jeremy laments the fact river monsters worldwide are on the verge of extinction, since they have almost nothing going for them to work against human pressure; bad or nonexistent PR, slow breeding rates, position at top of food chain, favoured food supply due to large size, habitat requirements that work against development..... development...



* FollowTheLeader: Hillbilly Handfishing, yes, [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xztvUuonHuI&feature=channel_video_title really]].
* FoodChainOfEvil: Everyone knows piranha eat people, but arapaima eat piranha! So do dolphins, incidentally. Also the episode's titular Demon Fish will have a go at crocodiles if given the chance. Crocs also pose a hazard in fishing, but not as more as hippos, which have goring tusks, a habit of charging like a boar on land, surprising speed and agility in the water, and the jaw strength to snap a croc ''in half!'' There is a very good reason the crocodiles give the hippos a wide berth, even if they are herbivores. He even managed to catch a giant stingray, that may have been a close relative of the one that got [[Series/CrocodileHunter Steve Irwin]], but he still won't pick a food fight with wild bears.
* GentlemanAdventurer: Well it ''is'' a TV series about a very polite, calm, cultured scientist traveling the world hunting nightmarish river creatures for the sake of science and amusement.

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* FollowTheLeader: Hillbilly Handfishing, yes, [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xztvUuonHuI&feature=channel_video_title really]].
* FoodChainOfEvil: Everyone knows piranha eat people, but arapaima eat piranha! So do dolphins, incidentally. Also the episode's titular Demon Fish will have a go at crocodiles if given the chance. Crocs also pose a hazard in fishing, but not as more much as hippos, which have goring tusks, a habit of charging like a boar on land, surprising speed and agility in the water, and the jaw strength to snap a croc ''in half!'' There is a very good reason the crocodiles give the hippos a wide berth, even if they are herbivores. He Jeremy even managed to catch a giant stingray, stingray that may have been a close relative of the one that got [[Series/CrocodileHunter Steve Irwin]], but he still won't pick a food fight with wild bears.
* GentlemanAdventurer: Well Well, it ''is'' a TV series about a very polite, calm, cultured scientist traveling the world hunting nightmarish river creatures for the sake of science and amusement.
2nd May '16 4:57:29 AM LordJiro
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** While shooting an episode, Jeremy and the rest of his crew rescued a man who'd been stranded on a desert island for 60 hours.
22nd Apr '16 12:04:06 AM Orca1_9904
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* AbsurdlySharpBlade: Piranhas have bitten through ''stainless steel'' multiple times in the show. In one episode Jeremy holds a piranha in one hand and puts both kevlar and steel fishing line in its mouth, and the piranha bites through both effortlessly.

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* AbsurdlySharpBlade: AbsurdlySharpBlade:
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Piranhas have bitten through ''stainless steel'' multiple times in the show. In one episode Jeremy holds a piranha in one hand and puts both kevlar and steel fishing line in its mouth, and the piranha bites through both effortlessly.effortlessly.
** One episode showed that a barracuda's teeth are so sharp that they can [[HalfTheManHeUsedToBe slash a fish in half]] just by ramming it with their mouth open.



** One caller to a radio talk show in New Zealand recalled an incident where a longfin eel bit a guy in the groin.

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** One caller to a radio talk show in New Zealand recalled an incident where a longfin eel bit a guy in the groin. This nearly happens to Jeremy himself as he takes several nips to his inner thighs perilously close to his unmentionables.



* HalfTheManHeUsedToBe: The M. O. of the goliath tigerfish.

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* HalfTheManHeUsedToBe: The M. O. of the goliath tigerfish.tigerfish and the barracuda.
2nd Mar '16 10:50:34 AM Willbyr
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''River Monsters'' is an AnimalPlanet series hosted by Jeremy Wade, a British biologist/extreme angler/writer/TV presenter/[[OverlyLongGag specialist in natural history]], and produced by Bristol's Icon Films. The series began in April 2009 to the best series premiere in Animal Planet's history, most likely because it features a BadassGrandpa looking for [[TheCatfish monstrous freshwater fish]].

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''River Monsters'' is an AnimalPlanet Creator/AnimalPlanet series hosted by Jeremy Wade, a British biologist/extreme angler/writer/TV presenter/[[OverlyLongGag specialist in natural history]], and produced by Bristol's Icon Films. The series began in April 2009 to the best series premiere in Animal Planet's history, most likely because it features a BadassGrandpa looking for [[TheCatfish monstrous freshwater fish]].



* {{Badass}}: [[CaptainObvious Duh]].

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* {{Badass}}: [[CaptainObvious Duh]].



** The locals that have been fishing DeathWorld for their entire life.
* BadassGrandpa: Jeremy Wade is nearing sixty years old, and he ''hunts out'' fish that can reach twice his weight.
** In [[DeathWorld dangerous conditions]] like; at the base of a waterfall, during lulls in border conflicts, surrounded by bears, crocodiles and hippopotamuses, whatever else is hiding in the tropical rainforests near both the Amazon and Congo Rivers, or on the icy waters of an Alaskan lake. He's also suffered numerous injuries and even survived a ''plane crash'' and is [[TheDeterminator still going]]!

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** The locals that have been fishing DeathWorld extremely inhospitable areas for their entire life.
* BadassGrandpa: BadassGrandpa:
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Jeremy Wade is nearing sixty years old, and he ''hunts out'' fish that can reach twice his weight.
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weight in [[DeathWorld dangerous conditions]] like; like at the base of a waterfall, during lulls in border conflicts, surrounded by bears, crocodiles and hippopotamuses, whatever else is hiding in the tropical rainforests near both the Amazon and Congo Rivers, or on the icy waters of an Alaskan lake. He's also suffered numerous injuries and even survived a ''plane crash'' and is [[TheDeterminator still going]]!



* RammingAlwaysWorks: Why white sturgeon, tarpon, and arapaima are dangerous.

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* RammingAlwaysWorks: Why white sturgeon, tarpon, and arapaima are dangerous. They are all large, heavily muscled fish that launch themselves out of the water at attackers, the fish equivalent of a battering ram. Jeremy was hit square in the chest by an arapaima and took months to completely recover.



** Often, Jeremy discovers a fish's bad reputation is often a case of it being blamed for attacks committed by other river creatures such as crocodiles or sharks or simple unfortunate accidents. The alligator gar nearly went extinct because of this, as people blamed it for attacks by actual alligators and built a giant "electrical gar destroyer" to wipe it out of existence. If not for Jeremy Wade's timely intervention by debunking the myth, it might actually have gone extinct.

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** Often, Jeremy discovers a fish's bad reputation is often a case of it being blamed for attacks committed by other river creatures such as crocodiles or sharks or simple unfortunate accidents. The alligator gar nearly went extinct because of this, as people blamed it for attacks by actual alligators and built a giant "electrical gar destroyer" to wipe it out of existence. If not for Jeremy Wade's Jeremy's timely intervention by debunking the myth, it might actually have gone extinct.



* StockNessMonster: Averted in the final season's special episode on Lock Ness; Jeremy, early on, attends a historical museum in Glasgow and notes that while the plesiosaur is the iconic form for "Nessie", the fact that it was an air-breather makes it highly unlikely that it wouldn't have been seen discovered by now, given how much activity goes on and around the lake in the modern era. Furthermore, as a scientist who has been studying Loch Ness notes further on into the films, Loch Ness itself didn't exist until glaciers gouged it out of the rock some ten thousand years ago -- making it far too young to house surviving dinosaurs.
** By the episode's end, all of the evidence that Jeremy has gathered, including testimony from actual locals who purport to have seen Nessie and invariably describe as simply "a large hump" rather than the iconic long-necked or snake-like form, leads him to conclude that the Loch Ness Monster is most likely a rare sighting of a Greenland Shark that has swum up into the loch in pursuit of salmon.
* SwallowedWhole: Jeremy has investigated several reports of this, usually with gigantic catfish such as the goonch, piraiba, and wels ending up being the prime suspects.

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* StockNessMonster: Averted in the final season's special episode on Lock Ness; Jeremy, early on, attends a historical museum in Glasgow and notes that while the plesiosaur is the iconic form for "Nessie", the fact that it was an air-breather makes it highly unlikely that it wouldn't have been seen discovered by now, given how much activity goes on and around the lake in the modern era. Furthermore, as a scientist who has been studying Loch Ness notes further on into the films, Loch Ness itself didn't exist until glaciers gouged it out of the rock some ten thousand years ago -- making it far too young to house surviving dinosaurs.
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dinosaurs. By the episode's end, all of the evidence that Jeremy has gathered, including testimony from actual locals who purport to have seen Nessie and invariably describe as simply "a large hump" rather than the iconic long-necked or snake-like form, leads him to conclude that the Loch Ness Monster is most likely a rare sighting of a Greenland Shark that has swum up into the loch in pursuit of salmon.
* SwallowedWhole: SwallowedWhole:
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Jeremy has investigated several reports of this, usually with gigantic catfish such as the goonch, piraiba, and wels ending up being the prime suspects.
29th Feb '16 11:00:05 AM Spinosegnosaurus77
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* {{Retool}}: In Season 8, the show's focus will shift from freshwater fish to marine life.
9th Jan '16 3:16:24 AM Orca1_9904
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* DentedIron: Jeremy's tough as nails, but has sustained some serious injuries while filming the show. A leaping steelhead trout hit him in the chest and bruised his heart, and while trying to land a Mekong River freshwater ray, he pulled so hard on the line that he tore one bicep.

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* DentedIron: Jeremy's tough as nails, but has sustained some serious injuries while filming the show. A leaping steelhead trout arapaima hit him in the chest and bruised his heart, and while trying to land a Mekong River freshwater ray, he pulled so hard on the line that he tore one bicep.
8th Jan '16 10:05:55 AM DiScOrDtHeLuNaTiC
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* DentedIron: Jeremy's tough as nails, but has sustained some serious injuries while filming the show. A leaping steelhead trout hit him in the chest and bruised his heart, and while trying to land a Mekong River freshwater ray, he pulled so hard on the line that he tore one bicep.
17th Dec '15 11:59:19 AM Willbyr
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* AbsurdlySharpBlade: Piranhas have bitten through ''stainless steel'' multiple times in the show.

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* AbsurdlySharpBlade: Piranhas have bitten through ''stainless steel'' multiple times in the show. In one episode Jeremy holds a piranha in one hand and puts both kevlar and steel fishing line in its mouth, and the piranha bites through both effortlessly.



* AnArmAndALeg: Jeremy has encountered several people who have had limbs amputated due to attacks either by the fish he's searching for, or by other animals that live in the area. He's also heard stories of people who didn't survive such incidents.

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* AnArmAndALeg: AnArmAndALeg:
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Jeremy has encountered several people who have had limbs amputated due to attacks either by the fish he's searching for, or by other animals that live in the area. He's also heard stories of people who didn't survive such incidents.



* ArmourIsUseless: Averted. The arapaima's piranha-proof scales make it invulnerable, allowing to to eat piranhas.

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* ArmourIsUseless: Averted.Inverted. The arapaima's piranha-proof scales make it invulnerable, allowing to to eat piranhas.



** Don't place a shiny, fluttering object within the visual range of a goliath tigerfish. That shine signals "prey here come kill and eat me" to a tigerfish. A young girl paid for this mistake with her life.

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** Don't place a shiny, fluttering object within the visual range of a goliath tigerfish. That shine signals "prey here here, come kill and eat me" to a tigerfish. A young girl paid for this mistake with her life.



* GentlemanAdventurer: Well it ''is'' a TV series about a very polite, calm, cultured scientist travelling the world hunting nightmarish river creatures for the sake of science and amusement.

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* GentlemanAdventurer: Well it ''is'' a TV series about a very polite, calm, cultured scientist travelling traveling the world hunting nightmarish river creatures for the sake of science and amusement.



* LandDownUnder: Jeremy has been to Australia on three occasions (once for bull sharks, once for a saw fish and once for a relatively rare type of shark that was only recently identified.). Not as often as you'd think though given Australia's reputation, but we just don't have much in the way of the big river systems to generate the diversity found elsewhere.

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* LandDownUnder: Jeremy has been to Australia on three occasions (once for bull sharks, once for a saw fish and once for a relatively rare type of shark that was only recently identified.).identified). Not as often as you'd think though given Australia's reputation, but we just don't have much in the way of the big river systems to generate the diversity found elsewhere.



** In "Jungle Terminator", he met a tribe (the Matis) whose fishermen held an electric eel barehanded without apparent injury.

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** In "Jungle Terminator", he met a tribe (the Matis) whose fishermen held an electric eel barehanded without apparent injury.injury, possibly due to having tiny amounts of frog poison in their bodies from a ritual the night before the eel fishing was done.
6th Oct '15 8:11:57 PM Orca1_9904
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** During a trip to Cambodia, Jeremy saw many amputees, likely victims of landmines planted by the Khmer Rouge.
1st Oct '15 8:42:00 AM DDRMASTERM
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* GhostCity: One episode had Jeremy visit the Ukrainian city of Pripyat, a city that was abandoned following the Chernobyl nuclear accident and has been deserted and left to rot for nearly 30 years.

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* GhostCity: One episode had Jeremy visit the Ukrainian city of Pripyat, a city that was abandoned following the Chernobyl UsefulNotes/{{Chernobyl}} nuclear accident and has been deserted and left to rot for nearly 30 years.
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