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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.

7 May

Concerns Raised After Cancerous Tumor Found on Susquehanna River Fish

Tests Confirm Rare Cancer Findingin Susquehanna River Smallmouth Bass SampleWILKES-BARRE, Pa. (May 4) – The...

Posted by Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission on Monday, May 4, 2015

Questions about the safety of fish in Pennsylvania's Susquehanna River have been a topic of concern after a smallmouth bass caught last November tested positive for a large cancerous tumor. The Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission (PFBC) claims that the finding is an extremely rare occurrence, according to the Tech Times.

The fish caught in November was the only one found with a tumor like this, however, executive director of the PFBC John Arway believes that the finding is enough to suggest that the river may be impaired and that other fish could be in danger. Apparently, the organization has been concerned about the river's health after other smallmouth bass have been found with various lesions since 2005.

Despite the findings, The Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) wants to do more tests before qualifying the river as impaired.

According to the article, the Pennsylvania Department of Health states that while fish with carcinoma have not been found to harm humans, they discourage consumption of fish with any visible masses, lesions or sores.

Watch this video of Jeremy Wade catching another type of bass:

6 May

Fisherman Reels In Piranha In Arkansas Lake

A fisherman got the surprise of his life when he reeled in one very unexpected monster on the end of his line. State officials confirmed his catch to be a piranha, caught in Lake Bentonville, Arkansas.

Roger Headley believed the fish to be a perch on initial inspection. But, after a near miss with its razor sharp teeth, he realized this was another more aggressive little beast.

“When I went to take the hook out, he opened up his mouth and tried to bite me," Headley told KNWA Fox 24. "I about messed my pants."  You can watch the full interview here:

Local authorities believe the fish was most likely dumped by pet owners.  It is illegal in Arkansas to do so with certain exotic fish, including piranhas.

See photos of the captured fish:


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29 Apr

Goliath Grouper Caught off Florida Coast (VIDEO)

A Goliath catch was made off the coast of Sanibel Island, Fla., last week.

A couple fishing on the coast reeled in a 300-pound grouper, then returned the fish back to the ocean, according to WFMY News 2. For more on the story, watch the video above or check out the news article.

Learn how to catch a Goliath tigerfish with Jeremy Wade in the video below:

Want to see more monster catches? Tune into River Monsters, Sundays at 9/8c!

23 Apr

What Are Jeremy Wade's Favorite River Monsters Episodes?

Ever wonder if Jeremy has favorite moments from the series?

Well, find out this Sunday -- tune in for a marathon of his most favorite episodes ever, starting at 1 p.m. ET! And, at 9 p.m., stay tuned for an all-new premiere, Alaska's Cold Water Killer, when he treks far north in search of a beast that's been blamed for vanishing fishermen all along the vast coastline. 

Check the TV Schedule for the full line-up >>


In the meantime, what are YOUR favorite River Monsters moments? Watch our countdown with Jeremy of the top fan favorite videos on




Betty Chu is a Digital Media Executive Producer for Follow her on Twitter @beddychew or Facebook.


23 Apr

Dive Bombing Boobies and Pelicans


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Posted by Coral Vivo on Monday, January 12, 2015

This huge flock of what appears to be brown boobies and brown or Peruvian pelicans made quite a show for beachgoers as they dive bombed a school of fish in the surf.

Brown booby by Ivy Dawned via Flickr Creative Commons.

Brown boobies fly over the water looking for fish just below the surface, often in areas where larger predator fish drive smaller fish to the surface. When they spot prey, they dive bomb from as high as 50 feet and can plunge below the surface to depths of six feet. They execute their dives by folding their wings next to their body at beginning of dive, then thrust their wings straight out over their backs, touching in the middle, just before breaking the surface. 

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7 Apr

River Monsters: And Your Monster Madness Champion Is ...

Congratulations to the BULL SHARK, the first-ever CHAMPION of our MONSTER MADNESS bracket face-off! Your votes don't lie - the bull shark is the fiercest, most monstrous of Jeremy Wade's catches EVER, according to you, the fans.  Here's how the tourney shaped up:


Watch the full line-up of monster catches and see WHY the bull shark came out victorious:



Explore More Monsters of the Deep at the RIVER MONSTERS site >> 



Betty Chu is a Digital Media Executive Producer for Follow her on Twitter @beddychew or Facebook.


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