We are already at episode 5 of River Monsters, Season 5. This episode is titled “Colombian Slasher” and based on that alone I have to guess it will be about a Ray of some sort. Jeremy has traveled to Colombia for this episode. He is there to investigate the death of a woman who was wading in shallow water. She was attacked by something and pulled out into the river, later to be found dead. I can personally tell based on this info alone that it is a large ray but the episode takes a few twists and turns to make you wonder.
Jeremy visits a local fish market as he has in the past many times. It features a wide array of local fish as usual, many I’d like to keep in fish tanks myself. He also talks with numerous locals about the tale and asks about fishing in the area. He fishes at a few different locations and struggles badly with Piranhas. They keep stealing his bait and making it impossible to catch anything else. He does catch two smaller rays, one of which was a Motoro stringray (Click here to see my old Motoro Ray). He tested the rays ability to attack by holding a hunk of meat behind the barb. The Ray (even when out of water) lunged the barb firmly into the hunk of meat. This was truly amazing to see, they have the ability to drive that poisonous barb deep into flesh. This basically seals the deal that they can and will attack when threatened. He also lands some small catfish while fishing for his monster but nothing to write home about.
Motoro Ray at a Public Aquarium
Jeremy then speaks with some more people about the incident and is finally able to gather the clue he needed. It was explained to him when the woman’s body was found it had a single puncture would. The sure sign of a Stingray attack. He was also told of another story where a small boy was stuck with a stingray barb while wading in shallow water, he too was killed by the attack. They knew his attacker for sure because it was still attached by the barb when they pulled him out of the water.
He heads back to fishing where he lands a giant. This is no small fish and he battles with it for a very long time. As the fish finally begins to tire and come up from the bottom his rod snaps. As expected the show heads to commercial and leaves you wondering if the line broke. Could he possibly lose another monster ray to a broken rod like in a past season? Well this time he got lucky. The line didn’t break. So like any true monster fisherman, he pulled it in by hand. What came up was a massive freshwater (Discus Ray -Paratrygon aiereba) stingray. He pulled it to shore and admired the beast for a moment before releasing it back into the river. Looking at the size of the ray it was quite clear they could drag a person down under the right circumstances.
Jeremy Wade with the Giant Discus Ray (Paratrygon aiereba)
Next Sunday’s episode is titled “Vampires of the Deep” and was filmed in the USA.
If you’d like to check out some video from this episode, just click here.