History Series / RiverMonsters

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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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** During a trip to Cambodia, Jeremy saw many amputees, likely victims of landmines planted by the Khmer Rouge.
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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.
28th Sep '15 2:03:30 PM Willbyr
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* CatchPhrase: "Fish on"

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* CatchPhrase: "Fish on"on!", Jeremy's signal that he's got a fish on the line, especially a big one.



* ClusterFBomb: Jeremy lets loose with one of these when trying native fishing techniques in one episode, actually having been encouraged to cuss out and insult the fish while trying to catch it by one of the locals teaching him. The result borders on CrowningMomentOfFunny.

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* ClusterFBomb: ClusterFBomb:
** Jeremy can let fly with a barrage of cussing when he loses a fish, especially one he's been fighting for a while or lost after searching for a long time.
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Jeremy lets loose with one of these when trying native fishing techniques in one episode, actually having been encouraged to cuss out and insult the fish while trying to catch it by one of the locals teaching him. The result borders on CrowningMomentOfFunny.



* CunningLinguist: Jeremy Wade seems to speak a truly baffling amount of foreign tongues, considering he is seen travelling all over the world and speaking to locals without a translator.
* DeathFromAbove: In one episode, Jeremy and his film crew were nearly hit by lightning when caught out during a sudden thunderstorm. One of the crew actually had a headache and was nearly knocked unconscious, suggesting he might have taken a peripheral hit from the strike.

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* CunningLinguist: Jeremy Wade seems to speak a truly baffling amount of foreign tongues, considering he is seen travelling traveling all over the world and speaking to locals without a translator.
* DeathFromAbove: DeathFromAbove:
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In one episode, Jeremy and his film crew were nearly hit by lightning when caught out during a sudden thunderstorm. One of the crew actually had a headache and was nearly knocked unconscious, suggesting he might have taken a peripheral hit from the strike.



* DeathOfAThousandCuts: He describes death by [[PiranhaProblem piranha]] using almost this exact term.

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* DeathOfAThousandCuts: He describes death by [[PiranhaProblem piranha]] {{piranha|Problem}} using almost this exact term.term. Pretty accurate when dozens, if not hundreds, of fish with tiny razor-sharp teeth are chomping on you.



** The Fitzroy. It's overrun with crocodiles, sharks, stingrays, and sawfish. While not mentioned, cone snails, box jellyfish and sea snakes can be found in the lower reaches. On top of this, the place itself is trying to kill you via extreme tidal conditions that can leave you stranded, drastic temperatures, and annual flash floods that increase the depths dramatically.
*** Jeremy called the Fitzroy a "predator soup".

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** The Fitzroy. It's overrun with crocodiles, sharks, stingrays, and sawfish. While not mentioned, cone snails, box jellyfish and sea snakes can be found in the lower reaches. On top of this, the place itself is trying to kill you via extreme tidal conditions that can leave you stranded, drastic temperatures, and annual flash floods that increase the depths dramatically.
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dramatically. Jeremy called the Fitzroy a "predator soup".



* DoingItForTheArt: He very rarely kills the fish (or eats them), usually letting them go and even giving them a few minutes' rest if they need it. This serves as an extreme TechnicalPacifist stance, since the titular river monsters are known to kill or maim people (some of them ''intentionally'' hunting people out), and all of them come close to killing ''him''. [[invoked]]

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* DoingItForTheArt: He very rarely kills the fish (or eats them), usually letting them go and even giving them a few minutes' rest if they need it. This serves as an extreme TechnicalPacifist stance, since the titular river monsters some of these fish are known to kill or maim people (some of them ''intentionally'' hunting people out), and all of them come close to killing ''him''. [[invoked]]



* TheDreaded: The goliath tigerfish is considered an evil spirit by locals (hence the title "Demon Fish"). Jeremy calls it "the most horrific yet perfect killing machine in all the world's rivers" and "the ultimate river monster", combining the deadliest features from every other river monster he has tackled.

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* TheDreaded: TheDreaded:
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The goliath tigerfish is considered an evil spirit by locals (hence the title "Demon Fish"). Jeremy calls it "the most horrific yet perfect killing machine in all the world's rivers" and "the ultimate river monster", combining the deadliest features from every other river monster he has tackled.



* EldritchAbomination: Quite a few of the fish look like one.



* EverythingsEvenWorseWithSharks: Bull Sharks, as he investigates, are not only capable of hunting in fresh water, but seem to be actively moving inland for the chance to dominate new territories and feeding grounds, including Australian golf course water hazards and Florida suburbs.

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* EverythingsEvenWorseWithSharks: Bull Sharks, sharks, as he investigates, are not only capable of hunting in fresh water, but seem to be actively moving inland for the chance to dominate new territories and feeding grounds, including Australian golf course water hazards and Florida suburbs.



* 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. Which 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 leave 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 travelling the world hunting nightmarish river creatures for the sake of science and amusement.

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* FoodChainOfEvil: Everyone knows Piranha piranha eat people, but Arapaima arapaima eat piranha! So do dolphins, incidentally. Also the episode's titular Demon Fish will have a go at Crocodiles crocodiles if given the chance. Which Crocs also pose a hazard in fishing, but not as more as hippos; 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 croc ''in half!'' There is a very good reason the crocodiles leave 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 TV series about a very polite, calm, cultured scientist travelling the world hunting nightmarish river creatures for the sake of science and amusement.



* 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....
* GonnaNeedMoreX: Played straight in the giant freshwater stingray episode when Jeremy hooks into one so big that it starts towing the boat he's in. The stingray later ends up snapping a heavy-duty saltwater fishing rod designed to handle '''Marlin'''!

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* GoneHorriblyRight - 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....
* GonnaNeedMoreX: Played straight in the giant freshwater stingray episode when Jeremy hooks into one so big that it starts towing the boat he's in. The stingray later ends up snapping a heavy-duty saltwater fishing rod designed to handle '''Marlin'''!'''marlin'''!



** It does go a bit overboard sometimes, to [[HilarityEnsues humorous effect]]. A good example is the episode about the sea lamprey, which has rapid-fire-edit clips of people screaming and thrashing and being dragged through the water like {{Jaws}} himself was attacking them when the fish in question is a skinny four-foot eel-like critter that suctions onto prey and pokes a small hole in it to drink blood. Admittedly, this is based more on the fact that people who are attacked by lamprey have the problem of trying to yank the slimy, wriggling parasite off whilst, at the same time, struggling to stay afloat.

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** It does go a bit overboard sometimes, to [[HilarityEnsues humorous effect]]. A good example is the episode about the sea lamprey, which has rapid-fire-edit clips of people screaming and thrashing and being dragged through the water like {{Jaws}} Film/{{Jaws}} himself was attacking them when the fish in question is a skinny four-foot eel-like critter that suctions onto prey and pokes a small hole in it to drink blood. Admittedly, this is based more on the fact that people who are attacked by lamprey have the problem of trying to yank the slimy, wriggling parasite off whilst, at the same time, struggling to stay afloat.



* GroinAttack: In the first episode of the third season, the Pacu he was after has been known to do this in New Guinea, where it is an invasive species. Indeed, it does so with such frequency that the locals have taken to referring to the fish[[note]]which feeds on seeds and actual nuts in its native Amazon waters[[/note]] as "the ball-cutter".
** Also the candiru; a parasitic catfish that normally targets the gills of other fish, but has been known to embed itself in the genitals of luckless humans relieving themselves in South American waterways.

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* GroinAttack: GroinAttack
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In the first episode of the third season, the Pacu he was after has been known to do this in New Guinea, where it is an invasive species. Indeed, it does so with such frequency that the locals have taken to referring to the fish[[note]]which feeds on seeds and actual nuts in its native Amazon waters[[/note]] as "the ball-cutter".
** Also the The candiru; a parasitic catfish that normally targets the gills of other fish, but has been known to embed itself in the genitals of luckless humans relieving themselves in South American waterways.



* MamaBear: The giant snakehead (especially the female) embodies this trope, attacking anything that threatens the young. There was a case where a fisherman harpooned a female snakehead in the head by pretending to threaten her offspring. She responded by driving the other end of the harpoon into the man's skull, killing him.

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* MamaBear: MamaBear:
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The giant snakehead (especially the female) embodies this trope, attacking anything that threatens the young. There was a case where a fisherman harpooned a female snakehead in the head by pretending to threaten her offspring. She responded by driving the other end of the harpoon into the man's skull, killing him.



* OrificeInvasion: In "Amazon Flesheaters", Jeremy interviews a man who has had an [[UnderStatement unpleasant encounter with a candiru]] and [[{{Squick}} shows video of the removal surgery]].

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* OrificeInvasion: OrificeInvasion:
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In "Amazon Flesheaters", Jeremy interviews a man who has had an [[UnderStatement unpleasant encounter with a candiru]] and [[{{Squick}} shows video of the removal surgery]].



* PsychoElectricEel: One episode centres around Jeremy trying to find one big enough to fatally electrocute someone. Not only does he succeed, he finds ''a swarm of at least 20 other electric eels'' in the same, extremely unlikely location. And in only half an inch of water.

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* PsychoElectricEel: One episode centres centers around Jeremy trying to find one big enough to fatally electrocute someone. Not only does he succeed, he finds ''a swarm of at least 20 other electric eels'' in the same, extremely unlikely location. And in only half an inch of water.



* TheScapegoat: A rather grim example: In one episode, Jeremy visits the Congo to catch a reputed killer fish. Not long after he arrives, the village chief's brother goes missing. Since the locals believed that there's a cause for everything, they soon concluded that Jeremy had something to do with his disappearance. Luckily for Jeremy, the chief's brother makes a belated return later into the night, for if he hadn't come back, the villagers were going to ''stone Jeremy to death''.
** 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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* TheScapegoat: TheScapegoat:
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A rather grim example: In one episode, Jeremy visits the Congo to catch a reputed killer fish. Not long after he arrives, the village chief's brother goes missing. Since the locals believed that there's a cause for everything, they soon concluded that Jeremy had something to do with his disappearance. Luckily for Jeremy, the chief's brother makes a belated return later into the night, for if he hadn't come back, the villagers were going to ''stone Jeremy to death''.
** 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 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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