Jeremy Wade Tackles Classic Aquatic Cryptids

Posted by: Craig Woolheater on April 7th, 2013

Premiering April 7 and airing Sundays, River Monsters Season 5 certainly brings Jeremy Wade to some interesting places. Along with some of the more traditional dangers fans have grown accustomed to him facing — such as squaring off with piranha and other denizens of Central and South American lakes and rivers — this season Jeremy Wade will also be tracking down legendary mutant fish in the nuclear wastelands of Russia’s Chernobyl, and, in a two-hour season finale, will be on a quest for perhaps the most famous freshwater cryptid ever — Nessie, the Loch Ness Monster.

Here is the episode lineup for River Monsters Season 5 (all times ET/PT), with episodic info from Animal Planet:

Face Ripper — April 7, 9pm: In the River Monsters Season 5 premiere, Jeremy Wade investigates a horrific death in a Bolivian river. In an area crawling with cocaine smugglers, he treks through the dangerous jungle to discover the freshwater beast that ripped a man’s face to shreds. Wade is astonished when one of his oldest adversaries proves him wrong – but will he already be in too deep to learn a new lesson?

Atomic Assassin — April 14, 9pm: After venturing to over 20 countries in search of monster fish, Jeremy Wade is setting off for his creepiest mission yet. Stories of grisly attacks in a remote rural corner of Ukraine take him on a search for an elusive lake monster, but the centuries-old trail lands him at an unlikely location: the site of the worst nuclear accident in human history – Chernobyl. In a race against time, can Wade uncover the mutant fish legends are made of, or will the dangerous radiation leave him with no choice but to cut his quest short?

Killer Torpedo — April 21, 9pm: In the heart of Central America, in a land known for drug smuggling and remote jungle waterways, lurks a man-sized killer. Tales of a creature that weighs in at some 300 pounds and measures 8 feet long strikes fear in the heart of all who dare to travel these waters. This beast is said to leap into local boats and cause fatal injuries to the people inside them. The quest for this underwater giant will drive Jeremy Wade to his breaking point and beyond as he must relearn everything he knows about fishing in order to catch this elusive Nicaraguan river monster.

American Killers (encore) — April 28, 9pm: In this encore of a River Monsters Season 4 episode, Jeremy Wade treks across the United States in search of deadly river monsters living in our nation’s waterways, from the popular Indian River Lagoon in Florida, where unsuspecting water enthusiasts are faced with what could become a modern day “Jaws,” to the Lake of the Ozarks in Missouri, where underwater hunters have reached man-eating proportions and devoured the bodies of numerous drowned vacationers.

Colombian Slasher — May 5, 9pm: Colombia can be a dangerous country – known for drug smuggling, remote jungles and hostage-bearing rebels. When a honeymoon leaves a bride dragged to her death in the Amazon, few think a river monster could be to blame. But Jeremy Wade uses a crucial piece of evidence to concoct a hypothesis on the bride’s death. Can he prove a little-known method of killing took this woman’s life and reveal the true horror behind an already tragic story? To complete the puzzle, Wade pushes himself and his gear to the brink in a one-of-a-kind jungle quest.

Vampires of the Deep — May 12, 9pm: Embarking on a grueling mission in search of the most ancient river monsters he’s ever encountered, Jeremy Wade heads stateside. The journey will take him to Vermont, along the Canadian/United States border, to a vast and brooding lake that hides a dark history. Then Wade ventures cross-country and into the heart of a thundering waterfall in the Oregon. For Native Americans it’s a sacred home to underwater spirits, but recently something has risen up from the murky depths to attack swimmers. Local stories on both sides of the country paint a nightmarish picture of an invasion of primordial bloodsuckers.

Best of Season 5 — May 19, 9pm: This recap episode looks at Jeremy Wade’s most hair-raising encounters during River Monsters Season 5.

Loch Ness — May 27, 9pm: A special Monday broadcast (on Memorial Day), this is the two-hour River Monsters Season 5 finale. For more than 30 years as a professional angler, Jeremy Wade has gone head to head with the world’s most legendary river monsters. All but one – the Loch Ness Monster. He remains reluctant to take on this quest, as many others have failed to unlock the true identity of the creature behind this legend. Wade will take viewers along on his odyssey, from the depths of Scotland’s Loch Ness to the volcanoes of Iceland and waters of Norway, to track down the world’s most famous water-dwelling monster.

River Monsters Season 5 airs Sundays at 9pm ET/PT on Animal Planet beginning April 7.

About Craig Woolheater
Co-founder of Cryptomundo in 2005. I have appeared in or contributed to the following TV programs, documentaries and films: OLN's Mysterious Encounters: "Caddo Critter", Southern Fried Bigfoot, Travel Channel's Weird Travels: "Bigfoot", History Channel's MonsterQuest: "Swamp Stalker", The Wild Man of the Navidad, Destination America's Monsters and Mysteries in America: Texas Terror - Lake Worth Monster, Animal Planet's Finding Bigfoot: Return to Boggy Creek and Beast of the Bayou.

4 Responses to “Jeremy Wade Tackles Classic Aquatic Cryptids”

  1. cryptokellie responds:

    As much as I admire Wade and enjoy watching his show, I’m willing to bet that he won’t find anything of a cryptid nature dwelling in Loch Ness. If he truly had…the world would have heard of it sooner than waiting for his television show to air but, that’s showbiz. I will watch that episode though just to witness the “one that got away” and get a nice look at present-day Loch Ness.
    What do you bet that the “Old Man of the Loch” Adrian Shine shows up…although he’s only a few years older than me – he looks like my grandfather. Gandalf The Grey heading toward The White.

  2. muircertach responds:

    the one in the Ukraine looks pretty good as well.

  3. Redrose999 responds:

    AWESOME! I love River Monsters!

  4. gorilin responds:

    NOW,IF HE CATCHES AN ATLANTIC STURGEON,TOURISM WILL DIE…IF HE CATCHES A GIANT EEL,TOURISM WILL DIE…LOCH NESS WILL DIE.He’ll catch something,he always does…Now,what will happen to Inverness,Adrian Shine,Dick Raynor and the underwater photographs of John Gillies and Robert Rines (RIP) ?.I don’t think it’s a good idea.

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