Monster Fish

In his quest to save the world’s big fish, aquatic ecologist Zeb Hogan has wrangled what’s currently the world’s biggest known freshwater species, the Mekong Giant Catfish. But is it really the biggest? We’ll join Zeb as he travels the globe, seeking out the leading contenders in a quest to better understand them as he fights to protect them. It’s a heart-pounding adventure as Zeb heads into some remote areas and wild waters, braving piranha, crocodiles and a host of other hazards. Along the way, he’ll explore the local haunts and find out how these massive creatures figure into the local culture – the lore surrounding them, their role in the ecosystem, awesome physical features, strange behaviour, and the surprising cycles of life that transform a thumb-sized larvae into a 400-pound beast. Produced by National Geographic.

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Monster Fish Ancient Beast

Dr. Zeb Hogan travels to the American Midwest in search of the paddlefish, one of the largest, oldest and most bizarre-looking freshwater fish on the planet. Zeb teams up with biologists and conservation officers to better understand what’s causing the decline of this American behemoth and what’s being done to prevent it.
  • 2010
  • 00:45:00
  • 13-14
  • Added on: 06/05/2017

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Monster Fish Giant Stingray

To catch a wild stingray, Zeb teams up with local expert Dr. Nantarika Chansue and a commercial fishing guide as they search central Thailand’s rivers and estuaries in search of this enigmatic bottom feeder. We document one of the world’s first field studies on this critically endangered population. Where do they hide? How big do they get? On camera, Zeb ...
  • 2009
  • 00:46:58
  • 13-14
  • Added on: 06/05/2017

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Monster Fish Sawfish

Zeb teams up with local scientist David Morgan and Jarlmadangah Rangers, a group of Indigenous Aboriginals, to catch and study the monstrous sawfish in the Fitzroy River in Northwest Australia. Zeb travels deep upstream into the desert, where freshwater pools hide huge predators like the saltwater crocodile and bull sharks. Zeb and the team follow the sawfish migration from the ...
  • 2009
  • 00:47:00
  • 13-14
  • Added on: 06/05/2017

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Monster Fish Mongolian Terror Trout

His quest to find the world’s biggest trout, the Hucho taimen, will send Zeb on horseback into Mongolia’s Eg-Uur Valley to brave its frigid waters. These voracious fish are rumored to reach over six feet. But to find them, Zeb will have to locate one of their few remaining habitats.
  • 2009
  • 00:46:58
  • 13-14
  • Added on: 06/05/2017

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Monster Fish River Invasion

These are no ordinary fish: they are fish that fly. They jump 10 feet in the air, turning boat trips into boxing matches. They’re carp from Asia and they are popping up in America’s waterways like zombie attackers from a B-movie.
  • 2009
  • 00:46:58
  • 13-14
  • Added on: 06/05/2017

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Monster Fish Thai Top Ten

Zeb travels across Thailand to identify as many of the country’s monster fish species as possible, assess their status in the wild and meet the locals who can help these giants survive.
  • 2010
  • 00:45:02
  • 13-14
  • Added on: 05/27/2016

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Monster Fish Raging Amazon

Zeb’s in Brazil to catch a big one, so he travels to Teotonio to try to find a monster. The construction of a dam down river will destroy a critical migratory path for several species of giant catfish. Can Zeb find a monster before it’s too late?
  • 2010
  • 00:46:50
  • 13-14
  • Added on: 05/27/2016

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Monster Fish Mekong Mystery

Zeb travels to one of the world’s largest waterfalls, in Laos, where each year millions of fish climb the falls to spawn. But little is known about their exact migratory route. Plans to dam the channel could place the lives of the fish, and the millions of people who depend on them for their livelihoods, at risk. Zeb and a ...
  • 2010
  • 00:45:02
  • 13-14
  • Added on: 05/27/2016

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Monster Fish Giant Eels

Zeb travels to the South Pacific in search of the largest longfin eels in the world – the New Zealand longfin and the giant mottled eel – and discovers what might be contributing to their demise.
  • 2011
  • 00:45:04
  • 13-14
  • Added on: 05/27/2016

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Monster Fish Great White Sturgeon

In this episode, we follow Zeb as he goes in search of the biggest and oldest of North America’s river monsters: the white sturgeon. These giants are living to a ripe old age – many of the fish Zeb will encounter on his trip are not only bigger than he is, but have lived the better part of a century. ...
  • 2009
  • 00:47:02
  • 13-14
  • Added on: 05/27/2016

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