River Monsters: A Closer Look at Fresh Water "Killer" Fish


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A biologist that debunks myths about flesh-eating piranhas ("Did a school of piranha eat flesh down to the bone of a busload of passengers that crashed in an Amazonian river?") and other "monster" fish. That sounds like an interesting documentary series to me. Animal Planet (part of Discovery, TreeHugger's mothership) will debut River Monsters on April 5 (more details below). The host will be biologist Jeremy Wade, and he will travel around the world to "solve these freshwater mysteries, to debunk these myths and to track down these harrowing tales."

"What is it that turns these fish into vicious, murderous killers? That is what I want to find out," says Wade. "Although lakes and rivers comprise less than 1% of the Earth's water, we probably know less about what lives in fresh water than in oceans, and that makes solving these mysteries uniquely fascinating."

This is an important point. We often write about how we know very little about oceans, but it seems like we also know very little about many fresh water species and ecosystems (which can explain all the myths and legends).

River Monsters, the new seven-part series from Animal Planet, is debuting on Sunday, April 5, 2009 at 10 PM (ET/PT). Animal Planet is part of Discovery, the parent company of TreeHugger.

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