History Series / RiverMonsters

23rd Apr '17 8:27:44 PM karategal
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** 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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** Jeremy Wade is nearing sixty years old, over 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]]!
23rd Apr '17 8:26:59 PM karategal
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** The season eight episode "Razorhead" 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. In fact, it's reports of people being injured by jumping barracudas that cut them in such a fashion that kicks off the episode.

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** The season eight Season 8 episode "Razorhead" 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. In fact, it's reports of people being injured by jumping barracudas that cut them in such a fashion that kicks off the episode.



** In season 5, he provides a rational explanation that some sightings of the Loch Ness Monster could be due to Greenland Sharks that have come up into the loch from the sea to feed on spawning salmon.
** Also in season 5, he investigates two mythical Japanese river monsters; the giant catfish that causes earthquakes is debunked as just a large catfish that becomes very agitated because its SuperSenses let it sense incoming earthquakes, but the Kappa is probably the Japanese Giant River Salamander, which grows big enough to ''eat children'' (though there are no actual reports of this happening).
** In season 8, he theorizes that the Lusca, a Caribbean sea monster described as a giant hybrid of shark and octopus, may in fact be "just" a giant octopus whose silhouette when swimming has led to the mistaken perception of it having a shark's head.

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** In season Season 5, he provides a rational explanation that some sightings of the Loch Ness Monster could be due to Greenland Sharks that have come up into the loch from the sea to feed on spawning salmon.
** Also in season Season 5, he investigates two mythical Japanese river monsters; the giant catfish that causes earthquakes is debunked as just a large catfish that becomes very agitated because its SuperSenses let it sense incoming earthquakes, but the Kappa is probably the Japanese Giant River Salamander, which grows big enough to ''eat children'' (though there are no actual reports of this happening).
** In season Season 8, he theorizes that the Lusca, a Caribbean sea monster described as a giant hybrid of shark and octopus, may in fact be "just" a giant octopus whose silhouette when swimming has led to the mistaken perception of it having a shark's head.



** In season 8, he hypothesizes that the mysterious Lusca of the Caribbean may actually be an undiscovered species of giant octopus living in the Blue Holes, a twenty-plus foot giant that would be more than capable of devouring humans, based on the predatory skill of smaller species.
** Another season 8 episode has him investigating "El Diablo Rojo" from the Mexican coast, which turn out to be Humboldt Squid -- one of the largest and most vicious predatory squids around, and who travel in deadly packs that can easily butcher humans.

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** In season Season 8, he hypothesizes that the mysterious Lusca of the Caribbean may actually be an undiscovered species of giant octopus living in the Blue Holes, a twenty-plus foot giant that would be more than capable of devouring humans, based on the predatory skill of smaller species.
** Another season Season 8 episode has him investigating "El Diablo Rojo" from the Mexican coast, which turn out to be Humboldt Squid -- one of the largest and most vicious predatory squids around, and who travel in deadly packs that can easily butcher humans.



* GoneHorriblyRight: Some of the strangest and most disturbing situations are actually the result of introduced species that adapt far better than expected to a new environment- the pacu, the snakehead, and numerous others are fairly harmless in their native habitat, but removed from their normal food sources and predators, their behavior and threat level alter dramatically, in some cases going from the bottom of the food chain to apex predator. The snakeheads seem to be causing little trouble as of 2015, but the pacu, on the other hand....

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* GoneHorriblyRight: Some of the strangest and most disturbing situations are actually the result of introduced species that adapt far better than expected to a new environment- environment -- the pacu, the snakehead, and numerous others are fairly harmless in their native habitat, but removed from their normal food sources and predators, their behavior and threat level alter dramatically, in some cases going from the bottom of the food chain to apex predator. The snakeheads seem to be causing little trouble as of 2015, but the pacu, on the other hand....



* SceneryPorn: Many locales Jeremy has visited have breathtaking sights, but possibly none more so than Kaieteur Falls, a massive 741-foot waterfall in Guyana he visited at the finale of the last 4th-season episode, complete with dramatic aerial footage.

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* SceneryPorn: Many locales Jeremy has visited have breathtaking sights, but possibly none more so than Kaieteur Falls, a massive 741-foot waterfall in Guyana he visited at the finale of the last 4th-season fourth season episode, complete with dramatic aerial footage.



** In "Killer Torpedo" he met a man who had been shot, bitten by an eel, lost a leg to gangrene, and various other injuries.

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** In "Killer Torpedo" Torpedo", he met a man who had been shot, bitten by an eel, lost a leg to gangrene, and various other injuries.
14th Mar '17 3:15:33 PM LordGoatKing
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* AlwaysABiggerFish: Bonus points for literally being about fish. Jeremy believes or at least hopes there are larger versions of the fish he has caught.
7th Mar '17 9:17:43 PM mlsmithca
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* NatureDocumentary: Sadly, it's one of the few animal-focused shows that Animal Planet still airs on a regular basis. Ironically, this might explain its [[SoCoolItsAwesome high popularity]] as well.

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* NatureDocumentary: Sadly, it's one of the few animal-focused shows that Animal Planet still airs on a regular basis. Ironically, this might explain its [[SoCoolItsAwesome high popularity]] popularity as well.
16th Feb '17 9:12:43 AM ElSquibbonator
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** In season 5, he provides a rational explanation that the Loch Ness Monster is in fact a Greenland Shark that's come up into the loch from the sea to feed on spawning salmon.
** Also in season 5, he investigates two mythical Japanese river monsters; the giant catfish that causes earthquakes is debunked as just a large catfish that becomes very agitated because its SuperSenses let it sense incoming earthquakes, but the Kappa is probably the Japanese Giant River Salamander, which grows big enough to ''eat children''.

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** In season 5, he provides a rational explanation that some sightings of the Loch Ness Monster is in fact a could be due to Greenland Shark that's Sharks that have come up into the loch from the sea to feed on spawning salmon.
** Also in season 5, he investigates two mythical Japanese river monsters; the giant catfish that causes earthquakes is debunked as just a large catfish that becomes very agitated because its SuperSenses let it sense incoming earthquakes, but the Kappa is probably the Japanese Giant River Salamander, which grows big enough to ''eat children''.children'' (though there are no actual reports of this happening).



* StockNessMonster: Averted in the fifth 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 (or at least some sightings of it) is most likely a rare sighting of a Greenland Shark that has swum up into the loch in pursuit of salmon. Greenland sharks don't habitually enter freshwater the way bull sharks do, but have been recorded [[https://www.nwf.org/News-and-Magazines/National-Wildlife/Animals/Archives/2009/Rare-Finds.aspx in the St. Lawrence River]].

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* StockNessMonster: Averted in the fifth 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 (or at least some sightings of it) is most likely a rare sighting of a Greenland Shark that has swum up into the loch in pursuit of salmon. Greenland sharks don't habitually enter freshwater live in fresh water the way bull sharks do, but have been recorded [[https://www.nwf.org/News-and-Magazines/National-Wildlife/Animals/Archives/2009/Rare-Finds.aspx in the St. Lawrence River]].River]], making this at least possible.
16th Feb '17 9:04:06 AM ElSquibbonator
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* StockNessMonster: Averted in the fifth 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 (Greenland sharks don't habitually enter freshwater the way bull sharks do, but have been recorded in the St. Lawrence River).

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* StockNessMonster: Averted in the fifth 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 (or at least some sightings of it) is most likely a rare sighting of a Greenland Shark that has swum up into the loch in pursuit of salmon (Greenland salmon. Greenland sharks don't habitually enter freshwater the way bull sharks do, but have been recorded [[https://www.nwf.org/News-and-Magazines/National-Wildlife/Animals/Archives/2009/Rare-Finds.aspx in the St. Lawrence River).River]].
** Wade also investigated the somewhat less famous Lake Iliamna Monster of Alaska, which is said to be a giant fish with a shark-like tail and a habit of ramming boats. The conclusion at the end of the episode is that it's most likely a large sturgeon.
16th Feb '17 8:58:41 AM ElSquibbonator
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* StockNessMonster: Averted in the fifth 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.

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* StockNessMonster: Averted in the fifth 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.salmon (Greenland sharks don't habitually enter freshwater the way bull sharks do, but have been recorded in the St. Lawrence River).
29th Dec '16 3:51:00 AM Morgenthaler
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* {{Badass}}:
** Every single river monster (even those that turn out to be harmless to people), plus the guy that hunts them down.
** The locals that have been fishing extremely inhospitable areas for their entire life.
3rd Nov '16 5:57:37 AM Theriocephalus
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** EverythingsSquishierWithCephalopods:

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15th Oct '16 2:09:51 PM DiScOrDtHeLuNaTiC
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* {{Omniglot}}: Jeremy is fluent in Portugese, and conversant in Fench and Spanish.
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