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#1 sydad

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Posted 23 September 2017 - 12:19 PM

Did you see the episode of River Monsters aired on Thurs. night, where it was shown that the basically vegetarian Pacu has been introduced to the Sepik River in New Guinea, and has putatively  become, out of necessity, a carnivore that now attacks humans? Scary!

 

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#2 Poncho

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Posted 23 September 2017 - 03:49 PM

The ball eater - not a nice episode that one

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Posted 23 September 2017 - 04:17 PM

Funnily, I have started watching the episodes again. I hate that show a lot but like seeing fish. He never caught anything that was remotely that big as claimed by the reports he is investigating. His investigation are absurd. He never gets to prove conclusively he claims. I happen to work with one of the shark experts in Australia and he was on the show. I was embarrassed when the too when he made a mountain from a mole like Jeremy does on all the episodes.

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Posted 25 September 2017 - 02:41 PM

The feeling I get is that not many of the fish Jeremy investigates would actually ever eat a human e.g. wells catfish, aligator gar, goonch catfish and he sets up the show in that way as well. How ever the obvious sharks and tiger fish would eat a human. I enjoy the show for the landscapes, cultures, fish and the interesting ways they are captured on film.
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#5 Bostave

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Posted 25 September 2017 - 02:50 PM

I agree there. Jeremy's only smartness is in getting people to pay for his trips and earn him money while he gets to fish. His interpretation is a complete laugh though.
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Posted 26 September 2017 - 04:30 PM

I quite enjoy the show but you have to see it for what it is, an over dramatised TV series. Once you look past that it can be interesting and entertaining although a bit far fetched. Its a cool episode and certainly shows the resilience of the species!



#7 sydad

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Posted 27 September 2017 - 01:07 PM

I wholly agree with Bostave when he says that the presenter plays the watcher for all that he can; so it can scarcely be claimed to be a scientific exploration of any kind, However I note that even persons totally lacking in either science training or natural restraint can make meaningful, if not highly accurate observations, and it would seem that this is the case in question.

Regardless, it should be obvious that the presented situation indicates a major problem for the Sepik River. Once again it is clear that a translocated fish has been able to adapt to conditions that are almost certainly foreign, and in so doing will certainly cause grief in the long term.

 

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