River Monsters: Mysteries of the Ocean, Season 8, is premiering this Thursday (April 7th, 2016) on Animal Planet. Jeremy Wade is now setting out to the great big ocean to explore the ‘monsters’ of the sea!
From Animal Planet…
Season eight sends Jeremy on epic adventures to investigate what creatures are responsible for deadly attacks involving underwater predators and unsolved disappearances. In the season premiere, “Deep Sea Demon,” Jeremy tackles the legend behind one of the most enduring sea monsters in history – the sea serpent. This investigation leads Jeremy on a journey from the English Channel to Thailand and France, culminating in one of the most incredible encounters of his life. Later in the season, Jeremy travels to exotic locations including Peru, Australia, Mexico and the Bahamas in search of deep sea killers.
And thanks to a ‘sneak peek’ we know one of Jeremy’s first catches in the new season is a striped marlin…
The striped marlin, Kajikia audax, is a small species of marlin found in tropical to temperate Indo-Pacific oceans not far from the surface. It is a desirable commercial and game fish with a record weight (in 1982) of 190 kg (420 lb) and a maximum length of 4.2 m (13.8 ft). The striped marlin is a predator that hunts during the day in the top 100 metres or so of the water column, often near the surface. One of their chief prey is sardines.
In the new season of River Monsters, I think we’re going to see an oarfish, a colossal squid, and a big fat Greenland shark or sixgill shark (which Jeremy has already encountered in the Lochness episode). But who knows, I guess we’ll just have to watch to find out what Jeremy pulls out of the ocean.
River Monsters has always had a space in my heart. I think I enjoy the calmness of the actual fishing, the beautiful landscapes, and the sort of cheesy fake mystery elements they add to the show.
And well that’s all for now.
You’ll be hearing more from me after the first show of the new season.
I swear we’re going to see an oarfish.
People use to go “oh those legends of sea serpents, they’re actually logs or seaweed or the tentacles of giant/colossal squid” and they assumed that the people of the past were just stupid and made exaggerated drawings of these things.
And then we ‘discovered’ the oarfish… and everybody went “oh my god it’s like a massive sea serpent”.
Now based off the statements Animal Planet has made in the commercials for the new season of River Monsters (new footage of things we haven’t seen before) and seeing as we’ve seen very little of the oarfish… AND… the fact that the first episode is about the legends concerning sea serpents… We’re going to see an oarfish.
Oarfish are the ultimate goober fish of the ocean.
I was right… it was an Oarfish.