Here we are already at episode 8 of River Monsters; Season 4. Jeremy Wade is once again at the Fitzroy river in Western Australia. This time to fish for one of the rarest fish on the planet, the Glyphis Shark (glyphis garricki). Only around 20 have ever been caught, it would be vastly beneficial to science if he could add even a single specimen to the current database of information. The current estimated population is around 250 adults, all over the planet. That is why they are listed as endangered. The Glyphis Garricki was just discovered in 2002, so it’s also very new to science as well.
The Glyphis Shark has an unknown maximum size, estimated to be around 9′ but it’s really a wild guess. They live in the dangerous Fitzroy river in Western Australia. A river teaming with deadly Crocodiles and various other predators. Jeremy got his line stuck in the water, well muck in this specific spot. He chose to cut it off rather than venture even a single step into the unknown. This is a very inhospitable place, so any fish or animal that can survive here must be serious business. He has landed something massive while fishing on the shore, we’ll see what he can pull in. Well he gets the fish in, but it is just a Bull Shark. Well, not just a Bull Shark. It is always a special catch in a freshwater river but today it isn’t what he is looking for. Jeremy is fishing at night now and lands another monster, this time a Barramundi (Lates calcarifer). Still no Glyphis Shark though.
Jeremy Wade holding a Barramundi (Lates calcarifer)
Jeremy is now studying the bite marks on a victim of an attack, wondering if it perhaps could be the worlds first known Glyphis Shark attack. He is back to fishing, but having no luck. The scientists he is working with have put a net in the water during this time and have caught something big. It is a Sawfish, which is great but again, not what he is looking for. It is a very rare catch so the Scientists have tagged the Sawfish. He has caught two fish he searched for in previous seasons, but not the one he is searching for this time. He is now fishing in King Sound, the area any fish must pass through from the Ocean in order to get to the Fitzroy river. This area rises up to 30′ a day though, so it’s a dangerous spot to fish as well. He lands a fish right away, a Whipray or Stingray but that is it for the day. He lands a small shark fishing the next day, it looks like a small Glyphis but the Scientists tell him otherwise, it isn’t a Bull Shark either but they can’t identify it for sure. So this proves many Sharks can perhaps live in the Fitzroy river. Jeremy thinks perhaps a Mako Shark made it up the River and that is responsible for the attack he is researching after he studying the bite photo again.
He hasn’t given up the Glyphis Shark hunt though, he is once again in the sandy tidal mess that is the King Sound, the entrance to the Fitzroy river. Another bite, hopefully this time is it the rare Glyphis Shark. It is another Bull Shark, a small guy this time. The scientists are still netting in the lake and have caught a really crazy fish, the Winghead Shark (Eusphyra blochii), which is like a Hammerhead Shark but it has an even wider head. Quite the crazy looking fish, check out the photo below.
The Bizarre looking Winghead Shark
Jeremy is still on the hunt and lands another big fish, maybe this time it will be the rare Glyphis Shark. As he brings it near the boat it is clear this is not a Bull Shark. The fish is fouled hooked though, so he must be very careful. Finally they grab the tail and get the shark on the boat, it is identified as the Glyphis Shark. This is great for Jeremy, one of the best catches of his life without a doubt. They only have it for 60 seconds though, due to the rarity of the species you must put them back right away in order to give it the best chance of survival. Another episode, another success. The Glyphis Shark can be checked on his list of River Monsters. You can view video of this episode by clicking here. The Glyphis Shark information page is located here.
Jeremy Wade holding his super rare catch, the Glyphis Shark. (glyphis garricki)