River Monsters: True Stories of the Ones that Didn't Get Away

River Monsters: True Stories of the Ones that Didn't Get Away

by Jeremy Wade

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Overview

I'm Jeremy Wade, biologist and fishing detective. For twenty-five years, I've explored our planet's remotest rivers and lakes, hunting for monster-sized fish. It's become something of an obsession for me. . . .

Called "the greatest angling explorer of his generation" (Independent on Sunday), Jeremy Wade, host of Animal Planet's wildly popular TV series River Monsters, takes viewers where no wildlife program has gone before, revealing the creatures that lurk in the murky depths of our planet's inland waterways. Now, Wade goes truly beneath the surface, disclosing full details of how he tracks down and catches each species while also recounting the off-camera highlights of his extraordinary life. From his arrest as a suspected spy in Southeast Asia to a plane crash in the Amazon, every page of River Monsters is packed with adventure. Each chapter unfolds an enthralling detective story, where fishermen's tales of underwater man-eaters and aquatic killers are subjected to scientific scrutiny. Follow Wade step-by-step as, armed with just a fishing line, he closes in on his prey and separates fact from fiction. From the heart of the Congo, where he wrestles with supernatural goliath tigerfish, to the depths of the Amazon, where the most feared creature is one that could fit in your palm, the results are fish of staggering proportions and terrifying demeanor. Wade also reveals monsters from upcoming episodes, including deadly electric eels, a giant described as a cross between a shark and a chainsaw, and a snake-like beast that truly is the stuff of legend.

In the tradition of the most gripping adventure writing, River Monsters shows that there's more to this world than what's visible on the surface. As Wade says, with a fishing line anything is possible—sometimes it can even reveal the future, or at least one possible version of it. In similar fashion, Wade's writings are much more than exhilarating stories: they reveal a vision of the world more awe-inspiring than any individual myth made flesh. Ultimately, River Monsters explores the real mysteries that still exist, capturing the story of one man's obsession — and his relentless pursuit of the truth.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780306820816
Publisher: Hachette Books
Publication date: 03/27/2012
Pages: 304
Sales rank: 282,418
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 8.90(h) x 1.00(d)

About the Author

Jeremy Wade was the host of River Monsters, one of the most watched, most successful programs in Animal Planet's history, and the current host of Mighty Rivers (Animal Planet). A former science teacher, newspaper reporter, advertising copywriter, he has written for The Times, Guardian, Sunday Telegraph, and BBC Wildlife magazine. He lives in Southern England.

Table of Contents

Introduction: Why some fishermen's tales are true 1

1 Goonch 8

2 Wels 33

3 Goliath tigerfish 48

4 Piranha 68

5 Arapaima 75

6 Piraiba 95

7 Candiru 104

8 Nile perch 111

9 Alligator gar 124

10 Freshwater shark 135

11 River stingray 147

12 The Lake lliamna monster 167

13 Snakehead 190

14 River shark revisited 200

15 Bol kata 213

16 Electric eel 222

17 Sawfish 233

18 Captain Cook's man-eater 246

Epilogue: What else is down there? 262

References and further reading 267

Acknowledgments 269

Photo credits 271

About the author 273

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