I’ve watched nature programs for years, but it’s always been something I might do on a lazy afternoon, or late at night when nothing else is on. The problem has been to find one I could really get into. “River Monsters,” solved that dilemma.
Hosted by Jeremy Wade, biologist and extreme angler, “River Monsters,” takes you around the world in search of the planet’s largest and deadliest fresh water fish. Each episode, Wade responds to reports of a person being attacked by a fish somewhere in the world, and sets out to catch the suspect beast.
Whether it’s fishing in the Congo, or attempting to reel in a monster sting ray in Thailand, a number of elements work for the program.
First, Wade is a charming host, and genuinely loves what he’s doing. Speaking more than one language, and constantly interacting with the locals, it’s a challenge not to get sucked into the journey with him.
Second, the exotic locations give the show a distinct feeling with each new episode. Different rivers, different lakes, and often times ridiculously deep into a remote jungle somewhere in the world.
Lastly, the fish. Prior to this, fishing programs always seemed to involve a heavyset guy in sunglasses, catching bass off the side of a brand new boat. The fish may have been impressive to some, but to most they were lackluster. “River Monsters,” lives up to its name with fish that weigh up to several hundred pounds, sport razor sharp teeth, and boast a far from gentle demeanor. On top of this, Wade has more than once shown the world fish that have never been seen on television, and even discovered new species.
So, for a bit of excitement, and footage of fish you won’t believe existed, check out, “River Monsters.”