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30 Jul

300-Pound Grouper Caught Off the Coast of Florida

"I was able to swim along side this beautiful animal and even touch its huge scales. After a few minutes of this close...

Posted by The Huffington Post on Tuesday, July 28, 2015

It's a week of giants for Florida! First the 18-foot python, now this: a gargantuan grouper. On Monday, Florida doctor Sam Gerson went out on Cape Canaveral, Florida with a fishing charter. Little did he know he was going to make the catch of a lifetime. After dropping his line over a shipwreck site, he felt a nibble almost instantly.

"I dropped my line in and within seconds of hitting bottom, I felt a strong jerk. As I started reeling in, the rod bent until the tip was almost in the water. Soon I wasn’t reeling, but instead holding on for dear life as line was running out of the spool at an alarming speed," he told The Huffington Post.

After an hour of reeling, the massive grouper, nicknamed "The Dinosaur," breached the surface. According to their fishing guide, the fish weighed at least 300 pounds and could be more than 50 years old.

After snapping a pic next to his catch, Gerson let "The Dinosaur" back into his watery domain. 

Watch Jeremy Wade catch his own gigantic grouper here!

29 Jul

Bold Dolphin Shows Man Just What He Thinks of His Phone

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(Guest post by Sarah V Schweig from

A group of men was soaking up the scenery from a fishing boat, gliding smoothly across the beautiful waters near South Australia.

The sun was shining, the scenery was idyllic. Wild dolphins followed the boat, adding to the picturesque majesty of the moment.

"Look at that! That's amazing," someone says about the dolphins swimming alongside their vessel.

"He's showing off," another says.

One man tries to capture the dolphin on his cell phone camera, leaning slightly over the side of the boat.

The adorable dolphin, with his permanently jovial expression, follows, looking up at him, almost posing.

Then the little dolphin ... just leaps out of the water and tries to swipe the guy's cell phone.

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27 Jul

60-Pound Carp Found in Drainage Ditch in Kansas

School Resource Officer Jamie Schmidt is spending her summer working as an Animal Control Officer, and last Friday she...

Posted by Olathe Police Department on Tuesday, July 14, 2015

How often do you find a prized fish just sitting in a ditch for anyone to find?

That’s what happened this month in after a man found a 60-pound carp lying in a drainage ditch in Olathe, Kansas, according to Reuters.

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20 Jul

Dead Bowfin Fish Fights Back (VIDEO)

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Even though this bowfin was headless and gutted, it still managed to put up a fight. (Photo Credit: YouTube/Ed Cupp)

No head, no guts, no problem.

Forty minutes after it was reeled in, fileted and gutted, a bowfin still managed to move and make a statement, much to the shock of the fishermen that caught it.

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8 Jul

Flood Leaves 'River Monster' Stranded in Fence

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(Guest post by Solon Kelleher from

In May, waters around Dallas rose above normal levels. The Trinity River, which runs through the city, had retained so much rainfall that its depth more than doubled to 40 feet by the end of the month. Among the destroyed homes and human lives lost, wildlife were also affected by the rising waters.

Andrés Ruzo, a geoscientist and National Geographic explorer, captured this image of a recently deceased fish who'd gotten carried away by the floodwater — and, sadly, lodged in a fence.

Andrés Ruzo/National Geographic

The fish is part of a 100,000-year-old species. And even though he has a bit of a monstrous appearance, he's of course not a river monster at all. He's a juvenile longnose gar, a freshwater fish with a sizable population of over 100,000 adults in North America. Though other subspecies of gar can reach up to 10 feet long, this particular fish is 2 feet, which is about the subspecies's average size.

In his post on National Geographic's website, the photographer noted that, "Living fossils like the gar are a reminder that our buildings and byways are a very recent arrival to this ancient landscape."

The gar fittingly earned his name from the Anglo-Saxon word for "spear". However, the species far predates any Anglo-Saxon language. These creatures have swam on Earth for the past 100,000 years without any significant evolutionary changes.

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8 Jul

9-Year-Old Boy Catches a River Monster

On June 29, Keegan Rothman caught his very own river monster, a 10-foot-long, 600-pound, 75-year-old white sturgeon to be precise, while on a fishing trip with his father. They were on Canada's Fraser River, a popular fisherman's destination due to its large sturgeon population. According to The Globe and Mail, Rothman was reeling in the giant for two hours. And at a mere 80 pounds, Rothman's strength and stamina is impressive. His father said, “We chased it around with the boat the whole day. At one point, it wrapped itself around a tree stump at the bottom of the river.”

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11 Jun

Rare 17-Foot Oarfish Washes Up On California Coast


A rare Oarfish washed up on the coast of South Catalina Island earlier this month, CNN reports.

These mysterious sea-serpents almost exclusively swim 1,000 to 3,000 feet below the surface, in the darkest depths of the water. The fish was found early morning June 1 by two conservationist from the Catalina Island Conservancy, and was measured at about 17 feet long, relatively small considering these creatures can reach lengths of 50 feet.

The Oarfish was found dead with its tail missing, and it is unclear exactly how it died. This marks the fifth time in one year that an Oarfish has washed up on California's coast, and the second time it has washed up on Catalina Island. The last time was in 2013 and the carcass measured at about 18 feet.

The Giant Oarfish was first discovered in 1772 by Norwegian biologist Peter Ascanius, and has been the subject of many legends and tales.

To learn more about giant sea creatures, check out our Top 10 Biggest River Monsters, or some of the videos below! 


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3 Jun

Beware of Flying Fish! They Just Knocked a Florida Teen Unconscious

A sturgeon underwater. Photo: Jeff Foott

According to Florida Wildlife Authorities, a local teenager was knocked unconscious while boating with her family on the Suwannee River this past Sunday.

CBS News reports that this is the second incident involving a sturgeon, which can leap more than seven feet out of the water and weigh up to 40 pounds.

After being hit by the fish, which was estimated to be about 6-feet long, Heavyn Nash was treated at a local hospital. Earlier in the month, a sturgeon smashed the windshield of another boat on the Santa Fe River.

Check out this video of Jeremy Wade coming in close contact with an arapaima:

28 May

Monstrous, 552-Pound Goliath Grouper Caught by Kayak Fisherman (VIDEO)

One EXTREMELY ecstatic Florida man reeled in the catch of a lifetime -- and, aboard a kayak no less!  That's right -- he caught a massive, 552-pound Goliath grouper, a fish so monstrous, it snapped his fishing rod. Check out the video: 

The grouper was caught in Sanibel, Fla., by Jon Black of the Crazy Lure Bait & Tackle Shop.  Black was sitting in his kayak when he felt a pretty strong tug at the end of his line -- little did he realize, he was about to reel in this massive beast!

Photo: YouTube image


Black and his bait shop urge on their Facebook page however not to attempt catching such large fish from a kayak as it can prove dangerous. The grouper was released back into the water shortly after it was caught - after some momentous photo opps, of course. 

Captain Ben Chancey and Crazy Lure's owner, Captain Jonathan Black went kayak fishing for major goliaths today, which to...

Posted by Crazy Lure Bait & Tackle Shop on Wednesday, May 20, 2015


Dig into our archives and waatch more impressive grouper catches with Jeremy Wade on River Monsters:

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17 May

Giant Squid Washes Up on New Zealand Beach


With 7 1/2-inch eyes, below a 6-foot mantle (head area) and tentacles longer than 16 feet, this is one monster mollusk!

The Kaikoura Marine Centre and Aquarium posted the photo above (used with their permission) and report in Facebook that they collected the giant squid specimen before birds could get to it. They say they have it frozen behind glass for display and research purposes. According to the Marlborough Express, aquarium owner Meghan Lewis says it was a mature female. says the maximum length of a Giant Squid is 43 feet, and they seem to reside primarily near the ocean floor.

See a clip from Man-Eating Super Squid that explores Giant Squid feeding behavior:

And hear this diver's tale of a frightening encounter with a different type of squid:

Humboldt, or Jumbo, Squid are another type of large squid that also can have mantles up to 6 feet long. They're commercially fished and are said to fight back when caught and show aggression towards divers. Watch a full episode of Swimming with Monsters that seeks out the Humboldt squid to see if they live up to their blood-thirsty reputation.







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