Monster Fish

Ended / 7:00pm Nat Geo Wild US 60 min.
In his quest to save the world's big fish, aquatic ecologist Zeb Hogan has wrangled what's currently the world's biggest known freshwater species, the Mekong Giant Catfish. But is it really the biggest? We'll join Zeb as he travels the globe, seeking out the leading contenders in a quest to better understand them as he fights to protect them.

Season 6

10 Episodes

Feb 12 2016
Feb 05 2016
Feb 05 2016
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Jan 15 2016
Jan 15 2016
Jan 08 2016

Season 5

7 Episodes

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Jul 28 2014
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Jul 07 2014

Season 4

6 Episodes

Are bull sharks stalking America's suburban waters? Nicknamed the “linebackers of the sea” for their wide, stalky bodies, bull sharks are rumored to be moving inland, even surviving in freshwater 2,000 miles upriver. To separate fact from fiction, Zeb Hogan is teaming up with some of Florida's leading shark experts on a quest to catch a “river shark” and to determine the truth behind their deadly reputation
Aug 09 2013
It's a voracious predatory catfish that prowls the rivers of Southeast Asia. Growing up to 6 feet long and weighing more than 175 pounds, the wallago catfish is a pure carnivore, equipped with formidable jaws and a double band of saw-like teeth that are designed to attack. Seeking help from local fishermen, Zeb Hogan travels to the jungles of Malaysia, where wallago are rumored to swallow monkeys, porcupines and even monitor lizards.
Aug 02 2013
Zeb Hogan is on the hunt for a goldfish the size of a cow! Giant carp can grow up to weigh 600 pounds and measure 10 feet long, but the trouble with finding these monster fish is … they only live in three of Southeast Asia's rivers. To find out more about this elusive fish, Zeb heads to Thailand, where he helps the Thai Department of Fisheries' transport 30 giant carp into a new breeding pond on the Chao Phraya River.
Jul 26 2013
The Pacific Northwest is known for things that are BIG … giant redwoods, sweeping coastlines and massive runs of salmon. But Zeb Hogan is looking for a goliath that's so elusive, he'll scour every nook and cranny of the rivers here to find it. He's after the green sturgeon — a monster fish that can grow up to 7 feet long, live up to 70 years, and has been on Earth since the days of the dinosaurs.
Jul 19 2013
Armies of salmon surge through Alaska's icy waters during mating season, but only one “catches” the eye of Zeb Hogan — the elusive king salmon. Local legends tell stories of king salmon so wide you could walk across their backs. But to find out if stories like this one are true, and if a “Salmonzilla” is really out there, Zeb will have to brave rugged wilderness, hungry bears and a local watering hole where the signature cocktail is salmon-flavored vodka!
Aug 02 2013
Lured by stories of catfish the size of Volkswagens, Zeb Hogan is on a mission to find out if the legendary giant catfish of the South really exist. Finding huge fish is all about taking advantage of local knowledge, so he teams up with Rusty, a lifelong catfisherman with a thick Mississippi drawl and unique southern charm. Using a massive 7-foot-tall, 40-foot-long net, they'll troll the waters for a record-breaking fish.
May 07 2013

Season 3

7 Episodes

Dr. Zeb Hogan travels to one of the world's largest waterfalls in Laos, where each year millions of fish climb the falls to spawn. But little is known about their exact migratory route, and plans to dam the channel could place the lives of the fish, and the millions of people who depend on them for their livelihoods, at risk. Zeb and a team of world-class kayakers navigate the waterways with specially equipped kayaks, designed to take measurements of the rivers below them.
Aug 19 2011
One of the oldest and most bizarre-looking freshwater fish on the planet can be found in the American Midwest. That's where Dr. Zeb Hogan travels to find the paddlefish. It once teemed throughout the Mississippi and Missouri River systems, but its population has plummeted disappearing from four states and rapidly decreasing in others. Zeb teams up with biologists and conservation officers to better understand what's causing the decline of this American behemoth.
Aug 12 2011
A mammoth catfish that has allegedly stalked, attacked and killed people can be found in the Indian Himalayas. Dr. Zeb Hogan investigates reports of the goonch. With the help of a local guide, Zeb sets out to examine the scenes and speak with eyewitnesses who recount the attacks: One recalls a young man who was fatally pulled under water while bathing; another describes a goonch dragging a 1,000-pound buffalo into the river.
Aug 05 2011
Kamchatka, Russia, is one of the wildest and most remote locations on earth and is home to the largest salmon population on the planet but why? Zeb travels to the Far East to explore this salmon paradise. Determined to catch as many salmon species as he can, Zeb joins a team of kayakers and locals to explore some of the area's more than 14,000 rivers.
Jul 29 2011
The Murray cod can grow up to 6 feet long and weigh more than 250 pounds, and is rumored to eat everything from birds to snakes to possums even its own kind. But humans have been encroaching on the cod's river system, and now these enormous fish are rarely seen in the wild. Zeb travels to Australia in the hopes of experiencing this behemoth's size and power for himself.
Jul 22 2011
The giant eel is a massive, flesh-eating, wall-climbing, air-absorbing, snakelike fish that can attack like a crocodile and live upwards of 100 years. So, of course, Zeb goes in search of two of the largest species. First, in New Zealand, Zeb hunts for the New Zealand longfin eel and goes fishing with the locals, who use a traditional technique to lure the legendary monster. Then, in the Solomon Islands, he'll look for the elusive giant mottled eel.
Jul 15 2011
Each year in the Australian outback, the dry season leaves five top predators- giant stingrays, sawfish, bull sharks, and freshwater and saltwater crocodiles- stranded in waterholes with limited food supplies. Zeb sets out to find out how each of the giants has adapted to the environment and which one is the ultimate king of the pool. With the help of local experts, Zeb gets up close with a bull shark’s sharp teeth, wades through knee-deep water in the dark of night searching for a stingray.
Jul 08 2011

Season 2

7 Episodes

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Flying fish from Asia are invading America's waterways and turning innocent boating trips into boxing matches as fish "knock out" anglers. National Geographic Explorer Zeb Hogan heads to the Illinois River, one of the areas where their population is thickest, to see what can be done to stop them ... and the answer could be as simple as your dinner plate.
Jul 18 2010

Season 1

15 Episodes

Zeb Hogan travels to Spain in search of the invasive Wels catfish -- a monster fish capable of growing more than 8 feet long, eating birds, cats, and, as some legends claim -- even humans! The voracious predator is not native to the region, and biologists fear it could be destroying the local ecosystem. Teaming up with local fishing guides and scientists, Hogan investigates why this beast has flourished in Spain's Ebro River, how large it ultimately gets and whether indigenous species have declined as a result of this big fish. This special "popped" episode of Monster Fish delivers trivia, fun facts and behind-the-scenes tidbits on Zeb, his team and the catfish adventure. As the investigation gets under way learn the best technique for holding onto a catfish (grab it from the mouth!), what bizarre things have been found inside a Wels and the secret ingredients in "stinkbait".
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Dr Zeb Hogan travels to the American Midwest in search of the paddlefish, one of the largest, oldest and most bizarre -looking freshwater fish on the planet
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Jul 19 2010
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They are carp from Asia which can jump 10 feet in the air at the sound of a boat motor, turning a day on the water into a boxing match
Jul 18 2010
Aquatic ecologist Dr. Zeb Hogan teams up with kayaking experts to discover what monster fish are lurking beneath the surface in Rio Roosevelt.
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Follow Dr Zeb Hogan on his quest to find what could be the world's largest and most deadly freshwater fish: the giant freshwater stingray.
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Follow Zeb Hogan as he goes in search of the biggest and oldest of North America's river monsters: the White Sturgeon.
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Follow Dr. Zeb Hogan on his journey to find the largest freshwater fish in Australia: the freshwater sawfish.
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Zeb Hogan continues his quest to find and protect the world's largest freshwater fish in the frigid rivers of Mongolia: the Taimen.
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