Season two will take a dive into seven new episodes starting on Sunday, April 25, at 10 PM (ET/PT) on Animal Planet. Jeremy travels to Southeast Asia to track what’s thought to be the largest freshwater fish – the giant freshwater stingray. Also known locally as the “wish-you-were-dead” fish, this UFO-shaped marine monstrosity is said to measure about 16-feet long and seven-feet across and is approximately 1,300 pounds. But what’s really killer is that its got an 18-inch barbed, bayonet-like tail that could whip extremely painful venom through an unfortunate passerby.
Jeremy’s adventures will continue to take him all over the world to solve freshwater fish mysteries in such locations as the Congo, Thailand, South Africa, Uganda, Ethiopia, Alaska and even Florida to try to capture some amazing creatures and tell their tales. There’s the freshwater fish that can grow as long as a whale, a species of shark that lives in fresh water 100 miles from the sea, and a fish with teeth as big as a lion’s as well as other creatures and moments captured on film for the first time.
“People want to believe there’s something out there, lurking in the remote corners of the world, right on the muddy bottom of the lake where we swim or in our own backyards,” notes Marjorie Kaplan, president and general manager of Animal Planet Media. “The creatures Jeremy finds in RIVER MONSTERS are so deeply satisfying -- primordial nature incarnate. It’s a quest for near-mythic creatures and a detective story with all the pleasures of a narrative. But it’s even better because it’s real. The monsters are real, and Jeremy Wade is an authentic guide.”
But what would stop Jeremy’s quest to solve these enigmas? Viewers must tune in each week to find out if there’s any mission he’s not willing to take. This season, join Jeremy as he tries to prove the authenticity of Alaska’s native legendary monster that’s fabled to drag people from their boats into an icy grave. Ride along as Jeremy “wades” through the Zambezi River for the bull shark and travels to Southeast Asia for the giant snakehead and to the Congo River for the goliath tiger fish.
“Freshwater is probably the last frontier of wildlife filmmaking,” adds Wade. “Even big-budget film expeditions to rainforests and mountains regularly miss the spectacular underwater inhabitants. So even in the 21st century, there are genuine mysteries to be solved and discoveries to be made in rivers and ultimately shown to the outside world. ‘Many men go fishing all of their lives without knowing it’s not fish they are after’ wrote renowned American literary master Henry David Thoreau. In a sense, this is true of all the viewers who have tuned in to RIVER MONSTERS. It’s the adventure…the thrill…the extreme risk…and the ‘moment of discovery' that people crave.”