River Monsters

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Obsessed but dignified British gent travels the world pulling oversized, dangerous fish out of remote rivers, gawks at their sharp! pointy! teeth!, then releases them.

These fish are huge and they're killers and maimers of people. (In some school of psychology, bodies of water, symbolically, are alleged to represent a person's sexuality. That would render the whole series to be a kind of subliminal warning against the dangers of STD's. That comes to mind because, indeed, some of the fish he deals with actually literally attack people's genitals.)

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I find myself watching episodes of this odd show over and over (they're repeated often on Animal Planet). After a while I figured out the appeal is not the grotesque fish we are introduced to, but the interesting demeanor of the show's host, Jeremy Wade. He is a kinder, gentler Ahab: determined to catch the monster, but equally afraid of stressing it out too much before he lets it go. Unlike, say, crocodile hunter Steve Irwin, Jeremy Wade is understated, shy, and speaks in a hypnotically soothing tone about this weeks target monster. Whenever the camera does a close up of his face we notice he, himself, has a rather scary set of teeth, which makes me wonder if he's actually fishing for monsters or rousting out reclusive relatives.

On a side note, I noticed that one week he caught a Tiger Fish in the Congo, in another episode he caught a huge Cat Fish in India, and yet another week he caught a Wolf Fish in South America. That lead me to the observation that fish, more than any other creature, seem to suffer from being named after other animals.
 

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Excellent post zoob.
 
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That lead me to the observation that fish, more than any other creature, seem to suffer from being named after other animals.
Or vice versa. After a send up like that, I'll be sure to look out for the show.
 
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Well allow me to pass along the name of a congressman. My offering for this fish would not be an hors d'œuvre only but a banquet and left overs for months! :tongue2:
 
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Holy Cr*p that really IS a monster!!!
 
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Excellent post zoob.
That means a lot to me, because, I swear, I wrote this essay myself and didn't buy it on the internet.
Or vice versa. After a send up like that, I'll be sure to look out for the show.
Especially sharks, for some reason. I can think of: Bull Shark, Tiger Shark, Leopard Shark, Whale Shark, and Salmon Shark, the last being an interesting case of one fish named after another.

I am surprised more people here don't seem to watch it. My experience in real life is that it has quite a following.
Well allow me to pass along the name of a congressman. My offering for this fish would not be an hors d'œuvre only but a banquet and left overs for months! :tongue2:
Large fellow, eh?
Holy Cr*p that really IS a monster!!!
That is the African Goliath Tiger Fish. Occasionally it attacks people cooling off in the river. Seems to be attracted to the shiney bangles the locals wear.
 
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That means a lot to me, because, I swear, I wrote this essay myself and didn't buy it on the internet.
Seems like Jimmy has competition for one line zingers now, for awhile there it was between Lisab and Jimmy, now there is a three way race... hehe...

Especially sharks, for some reason. I can think of: Bull Shark, Tiger Shark, Leopard Shark, Whale Shark, and Salmon Shark, the last being an interesting case of one fish named after another.

I am surprised more people here don't seem to watch it. My experience in real life is that it has quite a following.
I haved watched the show a few times, can never get over of the majesty of a http://www.google.com/search?tbm=is...0l11l10l0l2l2l0l313l1266l0.1.3.1&safe=active"... It's beauty and gentleness for such a huge creature blows me away.

Rhody...
 
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