River Monsters 26 November 2011
Saturday 26 November proved to be a sell out when Jeremy Wade came to sign copies of his new book River Monsters – A Tale of obsession, adventure and very big fish . . .
Is it safe to get in the water? . . .
Nearly half the world’s fish species live in just 0.01% of the world’s water – our lakes and rivers. Yet most people know less about what lives in fresh water than they do about the oceans. Because some rivers are very hard to get to – and/or too murky to see into, using normal means – many of their inhabitants are rarely or never seen in conventional natural history programmes.
Biologist and fishing detective Jeremy Wade takes a different approach, starting by examining myths and fishermen’s tales, subjecting them to scientific scrutiny to separate fact from fiction. Then he homes in on his targets using a fishing line. The results are some fish of staggering dimensions and appearance, including some spectacular ‘firsts’. This book is Jeremy’s behind-the-scenes account of the stories featured in his TV series, as well as other incidents from his quarter-century career.