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21 Of The Freakiest Fish Caught On "River Monsters"

No. Just, no. I'm never going into water ever again. Even the shower. Sorry, everyone who has to smell me. All of these were caught by Jeremy Wade, the silver-fox madman who hosts River Monsters on Animal Planet. And, yes, he releases everything he catches.

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A giant Siamese carp, or giant barb, caught in the Mekong river. Only a fraction of its adult size, this fish is capable of growing to 10 feet and 660 pounds, making it one of the largest species of freshwater fish on the planet.



A Cuiu-Cuiu, a prehistoric-looking catfish found in the Orinoco and surrounding rivers of the Amazon. The Cuiu-Cuiu can grow to 3 feet in length and weigh over 40 pounds. It has scutes along the back half of its body that give support to the tail fin; these give the Cuiu-Cuiu an armored appearance, common in ancient fish.


The red-bellied pacu is related to the flesh-eating piranha, but unlike its notorious cousin it feeds mainly on insects and vegetation. It uses its large, humanlike choppers as a tool for cracking open rubber tree nuts, crushing seeds and chopping up sea herbs and various other food sources.



A close relative of the piranha, the payara is often called the "vampire fish" because of its long fangs, which can grow to 6 inches in length. This little-known but frightening-looking fish is found in the Orinoco River in Venezuela.