The Best Episodes of River Monsters
Last Updated: Apr 1, 2019
Extreme angler, Jeremy Wade, is on the hunt for freshwater fish with a taste for human flesh. This rip-roaring ride through the dark side of nature mixes action and adventure with mysteries, edge of the seat chase and a battle of wills between man and almost supernatural beasts who lurk in the serpentine waterways of the planet, mooching murderously underwater, growing to truly awesome sizes. Watch as Jeremy Wade deconstructs exactly how these river monsters are constructed to kill.
#1 - Pack of Teeth
Season 4 - Episode 2
In Southern Africa there are rumors of a terrifying river monster lurking in the eerie waters of the Okavango Delta. Witnesses say the fish have shark-like teeth and hunt in frenzied packs on schools of fish — and maybe even on human bodies. It sounds mysteriously like the work of giant piranhas, but there's nothing like that here. Or is there? Jeremy Wade sets out to uncover the truth.
#2 - River of Blood
Season 6 - Episode 3
A brutal underwater mutilation of a young man leads Wade to a face-to-face confrontation with one of South America’s greatest freshwater fighting fish that slashes and stalks its prey while living in one of Argentina’s most dangerous waterways.
#4 - The Mutilator
Season 3 - Episode 1
Jeremy Wade travels to Papua New Guinea to investigate a spate of bizarre deaths on one of the world's last great unexplored rivers, the Sepik. A creature there is tearing chunks from unsuspecting fishermen and devouring certain male body parts. Jeremy has never fished in this part of the world and knows little of what might be there. Nothing could prepare him for what he discovers.
#5 - Invisible Executioner
Season 4 - Episode 3
It's common knowledge that crocodiles and hippos are deadly predators in Zambian waterways, but it seems there's another monstrous beast stalking the treacherous Zambezi River. The locals call this river monster "the Mazunda" but Jeremy Wade is unfamiliar with any fish by that name. Will he uncover what the sinister creature — said to be able to swallow a child — really is?
#6 - Man-Eating Monster
Season 6 - Episode 4
All over the Amazon, Jeremy Wade has heard stories of a monster fish that grows so large, it’s said to swallow men whole. Locals call it the lau-lau but after 20 years of searching, from Peru to Brazil and Colombia, the evidence Jeremy needs - a single colossal specimen - stills eludes him. Now though, he’s discovered a secret, untouched location deep in Guyana’s remote rainforests where he suspects they may be thriving. Embedding himself in the wild jungle, this time it’s different: he’s not coming back until he catches it.
#7 - Silent Assassin
Season 3 - Episode 3
Jeremy Wade travels to the Paraná River in the remote northeast corner of Argentina to investigate the death of a young girl. Once there, he discovers a second death. The people who live along this river bank fear the creature they call "River Dog." This is a new species to Jeremy, a river monster that somehow got under his radar. His discovery is not only the most alien of all river monsters, it is also the largest totally freshwater river monster Jeremy ever has caught!
#8 - Colombian Slasher
Season 5 - Episode 4
A honeymoon bride is dragged to her death in the Colombian Amazon. The most dangerous country in South America, Colombia is known for drugs, remote jungles and hostage-taking rebels. Jeremy Wade’s investigation is turned on its head by a crucial piece of evidence. He concocts a farfetched hypothesis about the bride’s death and in proving it he uncovers a little known method of killing which reveals the true horror of this tragic story. To complete the puzzle Wade pushes himself and his gear past the breaking point to understand what killed the bride in Colombia’s Rivers of Blood.
#9 - Cold-Blooded Horror
Season 3 - Episode 6
Having never been to Japan, Jeremy Wade is entering new territory in more ways than one. The river monsters there are like no others he ever has encountered, from the devastating "Namazu," which legend says causes earthquakes, to a child-snatching killer called the "Kappa." Can our extreme fisherman uncover the truth behind these legends? Can he catch a monster in the rivers of Japan that reveals the reality behind these horrific tales? He is about to find out.
#10 - Atomic Assassin
Season 5 - Episode 2
Extreme angler Jeremy Wade is on the trail of a monster that leads him to the site of the worst nuclear accident in history - Chernobyl. In a nerve-shredding race against radiation and time, he searches for the perpetrator of a series of grizzly attacks.
#11 - Hidden Predator
Season 2 - Episode 7
The biggest bull shark ever recorded was caught in South Africa, in a river. Was this monstrous freshwater catch a horrifying fluke, or are there more shark giants prowling this river? Jeremy Wade heads to South Africa to see if he can land a monster!
#12 - Jungle Killer
Season 3 - Episode 7
Jeremy Wade sets out to discover the true river monster of South America. Piranhas get all the press, but is there a more fearsome predator lurking in its rivers? Tipped off by an account of an attack on a diver, Jeremy soon discovers that there is a real monster to find. Tipped off by the the local Amerindian tribe, Jeremy heads deeper and deeper into the remote jungles of Suriname to come face to face with a jungle killer like no other.
#13 - Devil of the Deep
Season 8 - Episode 6
Extreme angler Jeremy Wade's cases usually involve freshwater culprits, but with multiple reports of a deep water serial killer in Mexico's Sea of Cortez, he must step out of his comfort zone and into uncharted depths in search of the red devil.
#14 - Face Ripper
Season 5 - Episode 1
Angler Jeremy Wade investigates his most disturbing case yet - the story of a man who had his face ripped off in a remote Bolivian river. The journey through dangerous jungle ends with a confrontation with one of his oldest adversaries.
#15 - Killers from the Abyss Super-sized Q&A
Season 9 - Episode 1
Fishing detective, Jeremy Wade, embarks on the biggest and most complex investigation of his career; to unravel the mystery of what happened to the passengers of a ship torpedoed in the mid-Atlantic during World War II.
#16 - Amazon Apocalypse
Season 6 - Episode 1
Looks back at one of the Amazon’s largest maritime disasters, the sinking of the Sobra Santos. Witnesses and surviving passengers retell the story of the event, in which as many as 200 passengers lost their lives. Something in the water is being blamed for many of the deaths, and Jeremy Wade wants to find out what that might have been
#17 - Death Ray
Season 2 - Episode 2
Jeremy Wade heads to The Mekong River in Thailand in search of one of the world's largest, most terrifying river fish, the Giant Freshwater Stingray. Armed with a venomous 10 inch barbed tail, this 700-pound monster tests Jeremy to his physical limit.
#18 - Body Snatcher
Season 6 - Episode 6
From the extreme north of South America, freshwater detective Jeremy Wade hears rumors of a body-snatching spirit said to drag men deep into the river, never to be seen again. A predatory freshwater mermaid, locals call her the Water Mama. She may be a beast of mythology, but the carnage she leaves in her wake is all too real. People are disappearing without trace, one-by-one from these waters and Jeremy is convinced there is a flesh and blood River Monster lurking behind the legend of the Killer Mermaids.
#21 - Chainsaw Predator
Season 3 - Episode 4
Jeremy Wade heads to a remote river in the Australian Outback to try and catch the rare but fearsome freshwater sawfish. This shadowy predator is reputed to reach 18 feet long and attacks boats — but does the fact that it could slash Jeremy to shreds make it a killer? And why is this bizarre-looking sea monster swimming hundreds of miles inland?
#22 - Ice Cold Killer
Season 9 - Episode 2
When a sea monster washes up on an English beach, Jeremy Wade sets off to unmask the beast. His journey will take him to the ice sheets of Greenland and the fjords of Norway, where he races against the Arctic storm threatening to end his quest.
#23 - Amazon Assassins
Season 1 - Episode 5
In the darkest depths of the Amazon lurks a dinosaur. Legends tell of an evil spirit inhabiting an enormous fish. Taller than a man, it is covered in scales and crushes its prey with a tongue made of bone. Jeremy Wade has encountered this creature once before, and he came out second best. He's taking no chances in the rematch.
#24 - Flesh Ripper
Season 3 - Episode 2
Jeremy Wade is on the trail of a mysterious man-eater. New Zealand's fresh waters have been a safe place for swimmers, yet as Jeremy finds out, its remote rivers and deep lakes provide refuge for an ancient and slippery predator that can stay hidden for more than a century. To flush one out, he must put himself on the menu.