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Season 5

There may come a time when the question of what lurks below is answered. But that time isn't now. For four successful seasons, Wade has searched for answers, taking viewers along as he unravels fish tales of giant killers — where sometimes the fact is stranger than the fiction!

In the new season, the series takes treacherous and mysterious to new heights with the most dangerous adventures of Wade's lifetime. His journeys include a mission to Chernobyl's nuclear wastelands in search of mutant fish in a tick-tock race against time to avoid radiation exposure, a trip to Nicaragua to capture an elusive killer torpedo, and a bloodthirsty quest on American soil in pursuit of a prehistoric underwater vampire.

The eye-opening "River Monsters" season premiere, "Face Ripper," brings viewers along as Wade investigates a horrific death in a Bolivian river. In an area crawling with cocaine smugglers, Jeremy treks through the dangerous jungle to discover the fresh water beast that ripped a man's face to shreds. Wade is astonished when one of his oldest adversaries reveals some new behavior — but will he already be in too deep to learn a new lesson? It's a horrific mystery that Wade is intent on solving.

This groundbreaking new season will culminate with a special two-hour season finale, which may just uncover the mother of all "River Monsters." For more than 30 years as a professional angler, Wade has gone head to head with the world's most legendary "River Monsters" — but there's one legend he has yet to tackle — that of the Loch Ness Monster. Wade will take viewers along on an epic mission from the depths of Loch Ness to the volcanoes of Iceland to track down the world's most famous water-dwelling monster.


Season 2

In "River Monsters" Season 2 on Animal Planet, viewers will take a dive into another terrific seven episodes.

In the first season extreme angler and biologist Jeremy Wade searched the world for legendary and flesh-eating freshwater fish with the debut of "River Monsters" on Animal Planet, pulling in monster-sized ratings. From tiny piranha that can tear apart humans in the Amazon to large killer catfish in India that feed on dead bodies, Jeremy has seen it all…or has he? The first season last spring pulled in an average of more than a million households (1.05M) across its seven premiere episodes, making it the best-performing series in network history. The series averaged more than 1.4M P2+ viewers.

In "River Monsters" Season 2, Jeremy travels to Southeast Asia to track what's thought to be the largest freshwater fish – the giant freshwater stingray. Also known locally as the "wish-you-were-dead" fish, this UFO-shaped marine monstrosity is said to measure about 16-feet long and seven-feet across and is approximately 1,300 pounds. But what's really killer is that it's got an 18-inch barbed, bayonet-like tail that could whip extremely painful venom through an unfortunate passerby—though that doesn't stop Jeremy from hunting this mysterious monster.

Jeremy's adventures will continue to take him all over the world to solve freshwater fish mysteries in such locations as the Congo, Thailand, South Africa, Uganda, Ethiopia, Alaska and even Florida to try to capture some amazing creatures and tell their tales. There's the freshwater fish that can grow as long as a whale, a species of shark that lives in fresh water 100 miles from the sea, and a fish with teeth as big as a lion's as well as other creatures and moments captured on film for the first time.


Season 1

Animal Planet's "River Monsters" travels worldwide with host, biologist and extreme angler Jeremy Wade to solve freshwater mysteries, debunk these myths and track down these harrowing tales. Wade has made his life's passion and career searching for a variety of aquatic vertebrae while navigating the globe's waterways.

On "River Monsters," Wade comes face-to-face with fear and trying to understand these mysterious predators with a taste for human flesh, putting his life on the line to find truly monster-sized fish while globetrotting through Germany, Australia, Brazil and even the state of Texas. His weekly quest catapults him in search of such fascinating creatures as piranha, alligator gar, wels catfish, bullshark, piraiba/candiru, and arapaima, all supposedly deadly creatures shrouded with mystery—especially their feeding habits.

"River Monsters" is a production of Icon Films for Animal Planet. Harry Marshall is the executive producer for Icon Films, and Mick Kaczorowski is the executive producer for Animal Planet.