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26 Mar

Wolf and Bear Go Fishing

On the Alaska Peninsula, salmon constitute a significant portion of a wolf’s summer diet. This video, taken at Brooks...

Posted by Katmai National Park & Preserve on Tuesday, March 17, 2015

 

This video posted to Katmai National Park and Reserve's Facebook page is pretty amazing. Most people are aware that grizzly bears in Alaska gather every year to take advantage of the salmon spawning runs. Most don't know that bears aren't the only mammalian carnivores to get in on the action.

The wolf in the video is quite the expert at catching salmon. Just goes to show you how adaptable wildlife needs to be to survive. 

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Photo by Robbin D. Knapp via Flicker Creative Commons.

 Protect wildlife with the National Wildlife Federation.

24 Mar

River Monsters Sneak Peek: Jeremy Wade Is Back, Season 7 Gets Wilder, Wetter & Prehistoric

Prepare yourselves to dive in to the hottest River Monsters adventures yet! Jeremy Wade is BACK for season seven and he's breaking the surface and diving into the lairs of aquatic beasts with six brand-new episodes, premiering Sunday, April 5, at 9 PM E/P.  Here's a sneak peek:

In the season finale, Jeremy will travel back in time to uncover the greatest river monster that ever lived in the ground-breaking special River Monsters: Prehistoric Terror, premiering in late May during Animal Planet’s fourth annual MONSTER WEEK.

Season seven is full of unexplored realms for Jeremy – both emotionally and physically. In the season premiere, “Canadian Horror,” he seeks to find the reason why boaters and fishermen are vanishing into thin air. The accused beast is described as a giant eel-like serpent and a fruitless search for this elusive predator sends Jeremy close to the edge. After nearly 13,000 casts, his determination borders on obsession as he waits for just one fated bite. Multiple setbacks and volatile weather have Jeremy looking to native spirits for a boost in confidence. Do monstrous captures come to those who wait, or is Jeremy hanging up his rod with the mystery unsolved for the first time in River Monsters history?

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Later in the season, Jeremy dives into the Okavango Delta in Botswana to face the aggressive tigerfish in its own environment – underwater in the river’s depths, alongside killer crocodiles. In Cambodia, Jeremy finds a deceivingly adorable little fish may be responsible for slicing through a young man’s testicle. Jeremy makes himself shark bait in Alaska’s icy waters to prove that these particular fish won’t attack a human – even if that human is diving right into the middle of a feeding frenzy. There’s trouble in paradise with news stories of an unknown freshwater killer in Fiji. Jeremy has a fish he’s met before in his crosshairs, but his search soon turns to a fierce predator that has never found its way on to his suspect list.

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25 Feb

Massive, 280-Pound Wels Catfish Caught in Italy

Just when you thought we’ve seen all the catfish in the world, this behemoth makes its way out of the water and into the news.

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Fisherman Dino Ferrari poses with the wels catfish he caught in Italy's Po Delta region.

While fishing in Italy’s Po Delta, Dino Ferrari caught a massive wels catfish, weighing in at 280 pounds and measuring 8 feet, 8 inches in length.

It is believed that Ferrari’s catch could break the record for biggest catfish ever caught with a humble rod and line, according to the Daily Mail.

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7 Jan

Salmon is King in 'Alaska: Battle on the Bay'

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Jade Hoiby works onboard the Jesse N, captained by her uncle Vince Hoiby. (Photo Credit: Animal Planet)

As we’ve witnessed in shows like River Monsters and Off the Hook, fishing incites fire and passion in anyone looking for a big catch.

The same can be said about our new Animal Planet series, Alaska: Battle on the Bay. In it, we’ll follow five boat captains and their crews as they try to make it rich off of fishing for sockeye salmon in Bristol Bay, Alaska, where 44 million fish migrate every year.

Get to know them a little better:

Capt. Taran White (The Thunder) is a young brash Bristol Bay native with the fastest boat on the water.

Capt. Luke Swab (The Jimmy Jeff) is a laid-back Detroit native with a fixer-upper vessel that might slow him down.

Capt. Vince Hoiby (The Jesse N) is a long-time veteran with the patience and knowledge to hit it big on the bay.

Capt. Tom Walsh (The Intruder) is a fiery Irishman with a hot temper and a greenhorn crew.

Capt. Leonard Ferrigno (The Deborah Renee) is a family man with his sons on board. But that won’t stop him from using his boat as a battering ram to get what he wants.

Salmon fishing in Bristol Bay isn’t just about the money. The Alaska Department of Fish and Game depends on commercial fishermen to harvest 70 percent of the salmon each season to prevent overpopulation. Without controlled fishing, the sockeye would die due to overcrowding, damaging Bristol Bay’s fragile ecosystem in the process.

Which boat will come out with the most fish at the end of the short season? You’ll have to watch the show to find out! Alaska: Battle on the Bay premieres Thursday, January 8 at 10/9c.

Check out a SNEAK PEEK of the show and visit the Alaska: BoB website for more!

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27 Aug

Giant Grouper Takes Down Shark With One Bite

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That's one for the grouper!

Friends in Florida were in for a shock while fishing off the coast of Bonita Spring, FL this month. While reeling in a black tip shark, a goliath grouper jumped out of nowhere and took the predator in its mouth.

Don’t believe us? Take a look at the video posted to YouTube by user Gimbb14:

Some may find it surprising that a fish could attack a shark, but as we’ve seen on River Monsters, groupers aren’t ones to be messed with. According to the Florida Museum of Natural History, goliath grouper (like the one in the video) can grow beyond eight feet and weigh as much as 800 pounds. And while shark isn’t on its usual menu, crustaceans, stingrays, octopus and young sea turtles are, making the fish a revered predator in the water.

Interested in learning more about groupers? Take a look at some video from River Monsters

15 Jul

Testicle-Biting, 'Ball Cutter' Pacu Fish Caught in Michigan Lake

A Michigan woman caught a 14-inch pacu, a "testicle-biting" native of South America and relative of the piranha, in Lake St. Clair last week. 

Last summer, pacu were caught off the coast of Sweden as well. The fish has been dubbed the "ball-cutter" per its reputation of attacking human testicles.

Our own angler Jeremy Wade caught this "nutcracker fish"  when he investigated reports of two men who died from severe hemmoraging after being castrated by something in the water. His search took him to Papua New Guinea. Watch his report: 

The Michigan Department of Natural Resources confirmed last week's catch by Holley Luft on July 9.  Officials believe the fish may have been dumped in the lake once it became too large for a private aquarium. Pacu can grow to be up to 55 pounds and 3 feet in length in the wild — and could become too aggressive as well for your home tank.

In other words ... maybe NOT get a pacu for the house.

Watch Jeremy Wade's How to Catch a River Monster digital series and learn how he caught the ball-cutter:

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15 Jul

Untold Stories of the ER: Snapping Turtle Latches on and Won't Let Go

Our friends over at Discovery Fit & Health shared this crazy video with us from Untold Stories of the ER.

Patient Bo was noodling for catfish (just like our friends on Hillbilly Handfishin'!) when a 25-pound alligator snapping turtle latched onto his neck. Shouldn't be a problem to remove it, right?

Wrong. If the doctor harms or, worse, kills the turtle during removal, the catfishers risk serving jailtime according to the game warden who accompanied the group to the emergency room. Not to mention that pesky little detail of how strong the turtle is and the fact that it can hold its breath for an extended period of time.

Check out the video above, then watch some more awesome turtle videos.

19 Jun

Father & Son Reel in Giant, Record-Breaking White Sturgeon

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When Ron Jarvis and his son Paul traveled from Atlanta, Ga., to British Columbia for a father-son fishing trip, little did they know they were about to make the record books.  On the first day of their three-day excursion along the Fraser River, the duo caught one of the largest white sturgeon ever reeled in.

While it may be common for people to hook one of these giant fish, winning what can be an hour-long battle to reel the monster in is where people often fall short.  Sturgeons are the largest freshwater fish that can be found in North America and are said to live for over 100 years and grow to be over 1,500 lbs. However, after over an hour of work, 19-year-old Paul Jarvis succeeded in reeling in the beast which was over 11 feet long, and approximately 882 lbs.

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5 Jun

River Monsters: Jeremy Wade Swims with Manatees, Offers Snacks

Now that Season 6 of River Monsters has wrapped, our intrepid angler and biologist Jeremy Wade continues his world travels, sharing his monster fishing tales and marine expertise. 

Last month, he stopped by the River Safari aquarium in Singapore where he dove with manatees, fed them some treats and swam alongside one of their captive arapaimas in River Safari’s Amazon Flooded Forest.

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16 May

Florida Fishermen Catch Pregnant Hammerhead, Deliver 20 Shark Pups

Fishermen in Venice, Fla., reeled in a large Hammerhead shark that turned out to be pregnant. The mama shark had a large bite mark wound on her side through which they could see babies, popping their heads out and trying to wiggle free.

The men continued to pull her to shore and deliver 20 baby shark pups:

What the group clearly may have not known is that the Hammerhead shark is an endangered species and should be cut from the line and released if caught.

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