River Monsters: True Stories of the Ones that Didn't Get Away

River Monsters: True Stories of the Ones that Didn't Get Away

Jeremy Wade

Language: English

Pages: 304

ISBN: 0306820811

Format: PDF / Kindle (mobi) / ePub

Called “the greatest angling explorer of his generation” (Independent on Sunday), Jeremy Wade takes viewers where no wildlife program has gone before. Now Wade goes truly beneath the surface, disclosing full details of how he catches each species and recounting the off-camera highlights of his extraordinary life. From his arrest as a suspected spy in Southeast Asia to a plane crash in the rainforest, every page of the Wall Street Journal bestseller River Monsters is packed with adventure. From the heart of the Congo to the depths of the Amazon, Wade reels in fish of staggering proportions and terrifying demeanor for an unforgettable read.

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straight toward me. I’d been expecting to chase it round the pond for half an hour but, on dropping the noose right in front of it, managed to snare it on the first attempt. With it safely clear of the water, we slid it into a shallow groove I’d made in the damp mud, in the shade of the tree, and then donned gloves and boots. Even in bright daylight, we could see it firing the LED panel, and each time it did so, its body tensed like a muscular contraction. We then connected the voltmeter to

because of changed living conditions, there’s almost zero risk of anything similar happening today. So it’s high time we reevaluated the gator gar and saw it for what it really is: a unique zoological relic that is worthy of our protection—and not just for its own sake either. Perhaps if this misunderstood predator hadn’t been extirpated from the Illinois River, the current plague of Asian carp in that waterway would never have happened. So when, on September 1, 2009, shortly after the River

on a weighing of pros and cons. Despite the bull shark’s tolerance of fresh water, small bull sharks have a harder time in a river, water balance–wise, than large bull sharks. This is thanks to the geometry of growth: small animals have a higher surface area to volume ratio than their larger brethren. And with more surface area per unit of body mass, they take in water more readily and hence need to get rid of it faster. So stick to the estuary, where predators are few and energy costs are not

said that they were coming here to feed, which made the fact that they were ignoring people, given their track record elsewhere, a real riddle. But it turned out they weren’t ignoring people. When the tracking boat followed this fish, the position of its signal indicated that it was regularly approaching people as well as boats in the water. This unseen ten-foot beast would get within just a few yards before veering off. The previous year’s giant female had done the same thing. Despite the

and everyone yelled, “There it is! Kill it!” A moment later the water erupted just short of the far end. One of the men had a pole like a shepherd’s crook, with twelve inches of angled-back side-branch at its far end, and I now saw this swept down and jerked back. Someone at my side shouted, “Don’t kill it!”: we wanted to see it alive. But this lynch mob was deaf and purposeful. There was only one way this was going to end. Next time the victim could be a child, and what alternative could we

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