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25 Feb

River Monsters: All-New Season, in South America and More Challenging Than Ever, Returns April 6

A river this dangerous won’t give up its secrets without a fight ...

Animal Planet’s best-performing series ever for five years is back, and freshwater detective, biologist and extreme angler Jeremy Wade is taking viewers along on the mysterious adventure of a lifetime. Six brand-new episodes of the sixth season of RIVER MONSTERS return on Sunday, April 6, at 9 PM (ET/PT) with a special two-hour premiere called “Amazon Apocalypse.” Re-told by witnesses and passengers who survived the sinking of the Sobra Santos, it’s a horrific and poignant story of one of the Amazon’s largest maritime disasters. That night, as many as 200 passengers lost their lives, and something in the water is being blamed for many of the deaths. Wade is hell bent on finding out what is was ... or is.

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River Monsters, Season 6
World Premiere on Sunday, April 6 at 9 PM ET/PT

This season is one of Wade’s most challenging. He travels to locations so remote to solve mysteries so bizarre that he must dedicate an entire year in South America to catch the freshwater culprits thought to be behind human attacks. From the politically charged intersection of Brazil, Colombia and Peru, to the remote and secluded home of a rainforest tribe, Wade is crisscrossing the continent to tackle each incident and reel in each dangerous catch. While freshwater fish are normally on his suspects list, on one hunt, he forgoes rod and reel going deep underwater into a creature’s lair to catch the culprit that is most definitely not a fish!

“I’ve been fishing the world for decades, but it’s the Amazon that keeps calling me back,” notes Wade. “Now, I’m returning to solve the mission of a lifetime to spend an entire year going farther, deeper and more remote than I’ve even been before.”

This season’s thrilling mysteries include the following:

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2 Dec

River Monster Spotted In Thailand. What Is It?

Calling Jeremy Wade! There’s a mysterious fish swimming in Thailand and people don’t know what it is.

The shaky video footage of the beast was uploaded to YouTube by user Coyote Mulders and captured on the Mekong River in Thailand, according to io9. Watch the video and listen to the reactions coming from the crowd:

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26 Nov

It’s A River Monsters Roundup, Featuring The Greenland Shark And Skate

It’s been a BIG week for fish in the news and we’re bringing you two incredible stories involving two rare beasts as seen on River Monsters: the skate and the Greenland shark!

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It's a monster skate! (Photo Credit: Jeff Rotman/Getty Images)

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11 Oct

Things are Getting Freaky on October Fridays!

 

Monsters-inside-meNothing is more insidiously evil than the killers you can't see. So relax on your couch (if you can) and tune in to to Animal Planet every Friday at 9PM E/P as Monsters Inside Me switches nights for the hallowed month of October.

Prepare yourself by watching some killer clips from previous seasons!

17 Sep

Say hi to Fanny, the robotic dragon

We here at Animal Planet love all creatures, real or not. So when we came across Fanny, a 30-foot-tall, fire-breathing animatronic dragon, we couldn’t help but fall in love with her (…it?). Blame it on our obsession with Game of Thrones.

For one thing, just look at her! According to the Daily Mail, Fanny was designed by German company Zollner Elektronic AG for a German folk play called Drachenstich. In all, Fanny weighs 11 tons, has a 39-foot wingspan and can spew 80 liters of blood. Thanks to all those specs, the Guinness Book of World Records officially recognized Fanny as the largest walking robot.  

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This is not fake. That is a giant robotic dragon! (Photo Credit: Zollner Elektronik AG)
Pretty awesome, right?

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22 Aug

Horned 'Sea Monster' Carcass Found on Spanish Beach

 

A mysterious, horned, marine creature approximately 13-feet long was found, washed ashore on the beaches of Villaricos, Spain. A woman on Luis Siret Beach first discovered the head of the "sea monster," then the body separately, further down the beach.

VIDEO: Mermaids and 15 Other Mythical Creatures Believed to be Real

Local authorities were contacted and removed the pungent, rotting remains from the scene.  Due to the highly decomposed state, they have yet to identify the creature. Officials were able to identify the "horns" as displaced bones but reported they have never seen anything like it on the beaches in the region.

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Photos from Ideal.es Ameria Facebook page

Samples of the remains have been turned over to the marine protection agency PROMAR for testing, according to Think Spain

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28 May

River Monsters: Hunting the Legendary Loch Ness Monster

 

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For more than 30 years hardened angler Jeremy Wade has taken on the world’s most legendary river monsters bar one - the Loch Ness Monster.  It’s a challenge he’s been reluctant to take on, until now. 

On an epic mission to track down the world’s most famous cryptid he traveled from the depths of Loch Ness to the volcanoes of Iceland and beyond.  How did he fare on his Nordic odyssey?  Did he really uncover the mother of all monsters, the legend of legends?

See how he caught one elusive beast and probable culprit of Loch Ness lore:

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Find out more on the conditions they faced during their journey through Norway in search of this mythical monster:

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24 May

WATCH: Five Piranha Feedings in 50 seconds!

 

Have you been tuning in to our live piranha feedings every night at 9PM E/P? No? No worries - we got you covered. Check out this intense video of five different piranha feedings in 50 seconds.

Want more monster action? Tune in tonight at 8PM E/P for Invasion of the Mutant Pigs!


Jodi Westrick is a Digital Media Producer for AnimalPlanet.com. Follow her on Twitter @jodilyn and/or Instagram @jodilynw for photos of and posts about her ridiculously cute cats, Otis and Etta.

21 May

WATCH: Longest Burmese Python Gives Us Reason to Never Leave Our House Again

 

Just in time for Monster Week, a Florida man wrestled with and eventually killed the longest Burmese python ever captured in Florida, measuring in at a whopping almost-19 feet long.

According to an article on NBCNews.com, Burmese pythons are an invasive species in the area that tends to destroy the state's natural ecosystem.

Watch more of the story below:

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13 May

River Monsters: When Lampreys Attack ... And, Suck Jeremy's Blood!

 

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On the Canadian-U.S. border lies a vast and brooding lake that hides a dark history. For Native Americans, it’s an ancient and sacred site home to underwater spirits.  But recently, something has risen up from the murky depths to attack swimmers and stories abound of a nightmarish invasion of primordial bloodsuckers.

Tune in Sundays @ 9PM e/p for all-new episodes of RIVER MONSTERS.

In a journey that took him to the heart of a thundering waterfall in the Pacific Northwest, Jeremy Wade  embarked on a punishing mission to battle the most ancient river monster he’s ever encountered to reveal the true identity of the Vampires of the Deep.

How did he catch this monster? Watch the How to Catch a River Monster series and see for yourself: 

 

Lampreys are extremely fast, extremely aggressive ... and, out for blood. Watch as Jeremy tries to rip this bloodsucker off this neck! It's DISGUSTING.

 

Visit the RIVER MONSTERS site for more photos and videos >>




Betty Chu is a Digital Media Executive Producer for AnimalPlanet.com. Follow her on Twitter @beddychew or Facebook for the cutest animal posts EVER.


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