[River Monsters] Season 05/ Episode 05- VAMPIRES OF THE DEEP [HD-1080p]


[ WIND WHISTLING ] Wade: MY NAME IS JEREMY WADE — ANGLER, BIOLOGIST… [ THUNDER CRASHES ] …AND FRESHWATER DETECTIVE. I’VE TRAVELED THE WORLD
TO UNCOVER THE RIVER MONSTERS BEHIND MYSTERIOUS
AND BLOODY ATTACKS. [ THUNDER CRASHES ] BUT FOR EVERY CASE I SOLVE,
ANOTHER FLOATS TO THE SURFACE. ON THE CANADIAN BORDER, I’VE HEARD OF A VAST
AND BROODING LAKE THAT HIDES A DARK HISTORY. FOR NATIVE AMERICANS, IT IS
AN ANCIENT AND SACRED SITE. BUT, RECENTLY,
SOMETHING HAS RISEN UP FROM ITS MURKY DEPTHS… …TO ATTACK SWIMMERS. [ INDISTINCT SHOUTING,
MUFFLED SCREAMING ] THEY’RE EXTREMELY FAST,
EXTREMELY AGGRESSIVE. THEY’RE VERY DIFFICULT TO KILL,
AND THEY WANT YOUR BLOOD. WHAT’S BEHIND
THIS NIGHTMARISH INVASION OF PRIMORDIAL BLOODSUCKERS? [ MUFFLED SCREAMING ] I’M EMBARKING
ON A PUNISHING MISSION… AGH! OH! …TO BATTLE
THE MOST ANCIENT RIVER MONSTER I’VE EVER ENCOUNTERED AND REVEAL THE TRUE IDENTITY… AGH! …OF THE VAMPIRES OF THE DEEP. — Captions by VITAC —
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DISCOVERY COMMUNICATIONS THE MYTH OF THE VAMPIRE HAS A TERRIFYING GRIP
ON OUR IMAGINATION. [ HISSES ] ANCIENT, UNDYING,
AND FOREVER FEEDING ON THE BLOOD
OF ITS HUMAN VICTIMS. [ GROWL, SHRIEK ] I THOUGHT LATIN AMERICA
WAS HOME TO THE ONLY REAL VERTEBRATE
TO DRINK HUMAN BLOOD… [ BAT CHITTERS ] …THE VAMPIRE BAT. [ BAT CHITTERING ] UNTIL I DISCOVERED
AN EQUALLY BLOODTHIRSTY CATFISH WITH VERY NASTY HABITS
LIVING THERE, TOO — THE CANDIRU. THIS FISH IS JUST LEAKING BLOOD.
IT’S NOT THIS FISH’S BLOOD. IT’S SOMETHING
IT’S BEEN FEEDING ON. IT IS JUST AN ABSOLUTE NIGHTMARE
VAMPIRE FISH, THIS THING. NOW I’M HEARING
THAT THERE MIGHT BE ANOTHER AQUATIC VAMPIRE
ATTACKING HUMANS, A LOT BIGGER AND A LOT MORE
BLOODTHIRSTY THAN THE CANDIRU. THIS TIME NOT IN SOUTH AMERICA
BUT IN NORTH ON A VAST BODY OF WATER STRADDLING THE BORDER
BETWEEN THE U.S. AND CANADA — LAKE CHAMPLAIN… WHERE A VAMPIRIC CREATURE IS
SAID TO BE TARGETING SWIMMERS. [ MUFFLED SCREAMING ] ONE STORY TELLS OF A MAN WHO ATTEMPTED TO SWIM
THE 6 MILES ACROSS THE LAKE. IN THE MIDDLE,
SOMETHING SEIZED ONTO HIS LEG. [ MUFFLED SCREAMING ] HE KEPT SINKING
AS HE STRUGGLED TO GET FREE. [ SCREAMING ] WHEN HE FINALLY GOT AWAY, HE WAS LEFT
WITH A STRANGE, CIRCULAR MARK SAID TO BE THE BITE
OF A BLOODSUCKER. I’VE COME TO THE LAKE
TO FIND OUT IF THESE ATTACK STORIES
ARE ACTUALLY TRUE. JUST A COUPLE OF HOURS
IN THE AIR CAN TELL YOU SO MUCH MORE THAN
SEVERAL DAYS AT GROUND LEVEL. FLYING REALLY REVEALS
THE LIE OF THE LAND OR IN THIS CASE,
THE LIE OF THE WATER. I’VE ALREADY HEARD REPORTS OF GIANT PIKE
AND 10-FOOT STURGEON, BUT THE BEST WAY FOR ME
TO IDENTIFY A PERPETRATOR IS TO GET A LINE IN THE WATER. THE QUESTION IS,
WHERE DO I START? THIS VAST LAKE
IS 125 MILES LONG AND, IN PLACES,
PLUNGES TO 400 FOOT DEEP. DURING THE LAST ICE AGE, THIS WAS ACTUALLY AN INLET
OF THE ATLANTIC OCEAN, AND ALL MANNER OF CREATURES
WERE FREE TO COME AND GO — SEALS, WALRUS, EVEN WHALES. AND WHO KNOWS WHAT ELSE? NATIVE AMERICANS
HAVE FISHED THIS MURKY LAKE FROM THE LAST ICE AGE
RIGHT UP TO THE PRESENT DAY. FOR A TRIBE CALLED THE ABENAKI,
OR PEOPLE OF THE DAWN, IT IS SACRED, HOME
TO POWERFUL UNDERWATER SPIRITS. TRADITION DEMANDS THEY MAKE
OFFERINGS OF TOBACCO SMOKE TO PLACATE THE SPIRITS
BEFORE SETTING OUT ON THE LAKE’S
OFTEN TREACHEROUS WATERS. WHEN EUROPEANS ARRIVED, THE ABENAKI WAY OF LIFE CHANGED
BEYOND RECOGNITION. BUT SOME OF THEIR FISHING
EXPERTISE HAS SURVIVED. ROGER LONGTOE SHEEHAN,
CHIEF OF THE ELNU BAND, SHOWS ME TOOLS
THAT HAVE HELPED THEM CATCH FISH FROM THE LAKE
FOR CENTURIES. THESE LOOK LIKE SOME KINDS
OF FISHING IMPLEMENTS. WHAT EXACTLY ARE THEY? A GOUGE,
WHICH IS MADE OF BONE. YOU PUT YOUR BAIT
OVER THE TOP OF IT. FISH WOULD SWALLOW IT,
AND WHEN YOU YANK IT UP, IT GETS CAUGHT INSIDE OF THEM,
AND YOU PULL THEM UP. IT’S SORT OF A FORERUNNER
OF A HOOK, IN FACT — JUST A SIMPLER VERSION
OF THAT. YEAH.
YOU HAVE BONE FISHHOOKS… MM-HMM. …WHICH ARE REAL COMMON
HERE IN THE NORTHEAST. THEY’RE NOT AS STRONG
AS THE GOUGE ‘CAUSE IT CAN
CRACK AWAY HERE. SO, HERE YOU HAVE
BONE FISHING SPEARS MADE OUT OF MOOSE BONE,
THEN WRAPPED WITH CORDAGE AND THEN COVERED
WITH THE SPRUCE TAR TO MAKE IT WATERPROOF. [ BIRDS CHIRPING ] TODAY, FEW ABENAKI USE
TRADITIONAL TACKLE, BUT THEY DO STILL RELY
ON TRADITIONAL KNOWLEDGE HANDED DOWN OVER MILLENNIA — KNOWLEDGE I HOPE
WILL HELP ME CLOSE IN ON THE MYSTERY BLOODSUCKER. I’M LOOKING
AT THIS BODY OF WATER HERE. I’M THINKING YOU’LL BE WAITING
A LONG TIME UNTIL YOU GET
SOME KIND OF TARGET. EXCEPT FOR WHEN YOU KNOW
WHERE THEY ARE, LIKE WHEN THEY’RE SPAWNING
INTO THE RIVERS, IN WHICH CASE WE HAVE
MANY ACCOUNTS OF, YOU KNOW, THE FISH BEING SO THICK THAT PEOPLE SAY
YOU CAN ALMOST WALK ON THEM. SO, ALTHOUGH THIS IS
A BIG BODY OF WATER AND THE FISH AT THE MOMENT ARE,
YOU KNOW, PRETTY SPREAD OUT, BUT IF YOU KNOW
THE TIMES AND THE PLACES, YOU CAN GO TO WHERE THERE’S
A VERY RICH FOOD SOURCE. YES. THE ABENAKI PEOPLE DISCOVERED
A VERY LONG TIME AGO THAT AT CERTAIN TIMES
OF THE YEAR, CERTAIN OTHER CREATURES,
IN FACT, COME VERY, VERY CLOSE
TO THE EDGE OF THE LAKE, EVEN ENTER SOME OF THE RIVERS
AND STREAMS THAT FEED IT. AND THE REASON THEY DO THIS
IS TO BREED. AND IT TURNS OUT
THAT I’M ACTUALLY HERE AT ABOUT THE RIGHT TIME, SO IT’S NOW A CASE
OF PINPOINTING THOSE PLACES. SOME OF THE LAKE’S BEDROCK
IS AROUND A BILLION YEARS OLD. THERE’S SOMETHING VERY EERIE
AND ANCIENT ABOUT THIS PLACE. [ BIRDS CHIRPING ] ROGER’S TOLD ME THAT SOME OF
THE PREDATORY FISH HERE ARE INCREDIBLY ANCIENT, TOO. ONE, WHICH SOME
NATIVE AMERICANS CALL THE CHAOUSAROU, OCCASIONALLY GATHERS
IN THE SHALLOWS TO BREED. IT’S GOING TO BE A CHALLENGE
TO GET THEIR ATTENTION. [ GRUNTS ] FISH ON! OH! [ GRUNTS ] WHAT I THOUGHT WAS A BITE WAS,
IN FACT, THE HOOK CATCHING
ON THIS TOUGH CREATURE’S ARMOR. [ SIGHS ]
NOT REACTING AT ALL. I’M TRYING TO REMEMBER
THE LAST TIME I FISHED WITH SO MANY FISH VISIBLE
IN FRONT OF ME, BUT THE LACK OF INTEREST
IS REALLY FRUSTRATING. BUT, OCCASIONALLY, IF YOU
JUST GET THE LURE IN THEIR FACE, IT JUST TEMPTS THIS REFLEX. YEAH, OH, YEAH. YEAH, THAT’S ONE HOOKED.
THAT’S ONE HOOKED. I’M JUST HOPING
THAT HOOK STAYS ATTACHED. [ GRUNTS ] THE FISH SOME NATIVE AMERICANS
CALL THE CHAOUSAROU, I KNOW BY A DIFFERENT NAME. THIS IS A LONGNOSE GAR —
VERY, VERY ANCIENT FISH. THAT ARMOR PLATING
WAS PROBABLY PROTECTING IT AGAINST PTERODACTYLS
BACK IN THE DAY, AND THOSE TEETH —
VERY, VERY SPIKY AND SHARP. THE ABENAKI USE THE GAR’S TEETH
TO CARVE TATTOOS, SO THESE FANGS
CAN CERTAINLY DRAW BLOOD. BUT I CAN’T SEE
HOW THIS ELONGATED SNOUT COULD CREATE THE CIRCULAR BITE
DESCRIBED BY THE SWIMMER. IF I’M TO FIND THE CULPRIT,
I NEED TO SCOUT OUT MORE POTENTIAL BREEDING SITES
ALONG THE LAKESHORE. THE LAKE SITS
BETWEEN TWO MOUNTAIN RANGES, WHICH ACT AS A WIND TUNNEL. GUSTS OF 60 MILES AN HOUR HAVE BEEN KNOWN TO WHIP
CALM WATER INTO 7-FOOT SWELLS. I’M GRATEFUL MY HUNT IS CONFINED
TO THE MARGINS FOR NOW. WE’RE ACTUALLY
RIGHT IN THE SHALLOWS — COUPLE OF FEET DEEP, IF THAT. CONDITIONS ARE NOT IDEAL,
BUT AT LEAST THAT IS MAKING IT HARDER FOR THE FISH TO SEE US,
POTENTIALLY. SO WE’RE JUST NOSING AROUND
VERY SLOWLY TO SEE IF WE CAN SEE
ANY MOVEMENT IN THE WATER. YOU GOT FISHES
EVEN IN SHALLOW, CLEAR WATER. IT’S AMAZING HOW THEY CAN HIDE. CAN A CAREFULLY PLACED LURE ENTICE A PREDATOR
WITH A TASTE FOR BLOOD OUT OF HIDING? HEY! HERE WE GO! [ GRUNTS ] OH, HE’S IN THE WEEDS! ON A VAST LAKE THAT STRETCHES ACROSS
THE U.S.-CANADIAN BORDER, I’M ON THE HUNT
FOR AN AQUATIC VAMPIRE THAT ATTACKS SWIMMERS. [ INDISTINCT SHOUTING ] AND WHAT I’M TRYING TO DO NOW
IS WHAT I DO BEST — CATCHING A POTENTIAL SUSPECT
ON ROD AND LINE. Wade: HEY! OH, YEAH. [ GRUNTS ]
HEY! WHOA, THIS IS A BOWFIN. THAT WAS JUST A BLACK SHAPE
WITH A HORIZONTAL, WHITE LINE. THIS IS A TOOTHY ANIMAL HERE, ALSO VERY COLORFUL —
AMAZINGLY COLORFUL. IT’S BELIEVED THIS VIVID GREEN IS DESIGNED TO ATTRACT FEMALES
IN THE MATING SEASON. I’M HOLDING IT WITH THIS GRIP BECAUSE EVEN WITH THESE GLOVES,
THOSE TEETH MIGHT GO THROUGH. QUITE A SIMILARITY
WITH SNAKEHEAD IN THE WAY THE HEAD, THE TEETH,
THE EYE SPOT ON THE TAIL. BOWFIN ARE A RELATIVE
OF THE GAR AND THE ONLY SURVIVORS
OF AN ANCIENT FAMILY OF FISH THAT EVOLVED
AROUND 100 MILLION YEARS AGO. THIS LAKE REALLY DOES
FEEL LIKE A SANCTUARY FOR SOME OF THE OLDEST FISH
ON THE PLANET. THEIR SWIM BLADDER
CAN ACT AS A LUNG, LETTING THEM SURVIVE
OUT OF WATER FOR SEVERAL HOURS, AND THEIR IMPRESSIVE JAWS
CAN CLOSE LIKE A VISE, EASILY DRAWING BLOOD. [ MUFFLED SCREAMING ] BUT NOTHING IN THIS REVEALS THE PERPETRATOR
I’M LOOKING FOR. THESE ARE NOT THE JAWS
OF A BLOODSUCKER. IN FACT, IT LOOKS LIKE
THIS FISH MIGHT’VE BEEN ON THE RECEIVING END
OF AN ATTACK. IF I JUST HOLD THE FISH
SLIGHTLY SUPPORTED, ACTUALLY JUST BEHIND
HIS PECTORAL FIN, THERE’S THIS RED, CIRCULAR MARK. SOMETHING HAS —
SOMETHING’S HAD A GO, DONE SOMETHING TO THIS FISH. ATTACHED TO IT, RASPED IT, WHICH TIES IN WITH SOME OF
THE STORIES I’VE BEEN HEARING. IS THE MYSTERY VAMPIRE LEAVING
THE SAME CIRCULAR WOUND ON HUMANS AND FISH? AMAZING THAT EVEN A FISH AS TOUGH AND AGGRESSIVE
AS A BOWFIN IS NOT IMMUNE. IT MAKES ME THINK
THAT THE BLOODSUCKER I’M AFTER IS EVEN MORE AGGRESSIVE
AND POWERFUL. BUT WHERE IS IT LURKING? LARGE PREDATORS
SOMETIMES WAIT IN AMBUSH ON THE EDGE
OF FAST-FLOWING WATER. IT’S TIME TO HUNT OUT
THE PLACES WHERE THE CURRENTS ARE STRONG. WHAT WE TEND TO THINK OF AS
AN ENCLOSED BODY OF WATER IS, IN FACT, A LOT MORE COMPLEX
THAN THAT. THERE’S
ACTUALLY A COUPLE OF HUNDRED OF THESE WATERWAYS
FEEDING THE LAKE, AND FROM UP HERE, THEY’RE
ALMOST LIKE WATERY TENTACLES REACHING THEIR WAY INLAND. MORE THAN 8,000 SQUARE MILES OF SURROUNDING FORESTS
AND MOUNTAINS DRAIN INTO THESE RIVERS
AND STREAMS, MAKING THEIR FLOWS
HIGHLY VOLATILE. ON THE WESTERN SHORE, I’VE FOUND A RIVER
THAT HAS DEEP, CHURNING WATER AND PLENTY OF EDDIES
FOR TOOTHY PREDATORS TO STALK. I’VE SCALED UP MY LURE
FROM ONE THAT LOOKS LIKE A BUG TO ONE THAT LOOKS LIKE A FISH
TO ATTRACT LARGER HUNTERS. AH, OH! THE PREDATORS HERE
DON’T HANG AROUND. THERE’S SOMETHING THAT LOOKS A
BIT CARP-LIKE ON THE END THERE. RIGHT, SO, THAT’S —
THAT’S WHAT THAT TOOK. THAT’S INTERESTING. SUCKER-LIKE MOUTH. ABOUT THE SAME SIZE AS THE WOUND
ON THE FISH, BUT IT’S RUBBERY. IT HAS NO TEETH, SO I CAN’T SEE
HOW THIS FISH COULD CREATE THAT RED WOUND ON THE BOWFIN
WITH SUCTION ALONE. THIS IS CALLED
A REDHORSE SUCKER. SO, THE RED IS VERY OBVIOUS. THE SUCKING MOUTH
IS VERY OBVIOUS. [ WATER SPLASHES ] [ GROANS ] AND IT’S ACTUALLY GONE. IT’S GONE BACK INTO THE RIVER. WELL, THAT FISH, TO ME, LOOKED LIKE A HERBIVORE,
A VEGETARIAN, WITH THAT TOOTHLESS,
SUCKING MOUTH. SO, WHAT WAS IT DOING
GOING AFTER SOMETHING THAT VERY CLEARLY WAS MIMICKING
A FAST-MOVING, LIVE FISH ABOUT 6 INCHES LONG? THERE’S DEFINITELY SOME STUFF
GOING ON IN THIS RIVER THAT I’M STRUGGLING
TO UNDERSTAND. IN MY TRAVELS, I DID ONCE
COME ACROSS VEGETARIAN FISH TURNING INTO CARNIVORES —
THE AMAZONIAN PACU. WHEN IT WAS TRANSLOCATED HALFWAY AROUND THE WORLD
TO PAPUA, NEW GUINEA, IT STRIPPED THE RIVERS
OF VEGETATION AND TURNED
INTO A VORACIOUS MEAT-EATER, TERRORIZING LOCAL FISHERMEN. [ MAN SCREAMING ] I WONDER IF THE BALANCE
IN LAKE CHAMPLAIN IS OUT OF KILTER, TOO, ENOUGH TO CHANGE
A FISH’S BEHAVIOR SO IT ATTACKS
OTHER FISH AND HUMANS. [ MUFFLED SCREAMING ] I’VE NO WAY OF KNOWING
UNTIL I CATCH IT, SO I HAVE TO KEEP KNOCKING
SUSPECTS OFF THE LIST. AH! THAT’S A LOVELY FISH. A EUROPEAN CARP. IT’S ONE OF MORE
THAN 80 SPECIES IN THE LAKE, MAKING MY QUEST FOR THE VAMPIRE
OF THE DEEP FAR FROM SIMPLE. HEADING INTO THE DEEP WATER WHERE THE ATTACK ON THE SWIMMER
TOOK PLACE SEEMS LIKE
AN OBVIOUS NEXT STEP. BUT IT’S GOING TO BE
A LOT HARDER TO HUNT DOWN CONTENDERS
OUT HERE. I’VE GOT TO
STEP THINGS UP AGAIN. I’VE NOW GOT THREE LURES
OUT NOW — TWO FLASHY, SILVER SPOONS ARRANGED
ON THIS DOWNRIGGER OUTFIT HERE. SO, AN 8-POUND LUMP OF LEAD,
THE LINE CLIPPED TO THAT, AND THEN THE LURE FOLLOWING ABOUT SORT OF 30,
40 FEET BEHIND. THEN, I’VE GOT A SURFACE LURE
OUT FROM THIS OUTRIGGER HERE. SO, WE’RE GOING ALONG
ABOUT 2 MILES AN HOUR, AND IT’S
REALLY A WAITING GAME NOW, WAITING FOR ONE OF THESE RODS
TO MOVE. I’VE NO IDEA WHERE
THE PREDATOR MIGHT BE HIDING, SO THIS SPREAD OF LINES LETS ME FISH BOTH
THE WARM SURFACE LAYER AS WELL AS THE COLD,
DARK DEPTHS. [ SHOUTING INDISTINCTLY ] FISH ON! HERE WE GO. WHAT I DISCOVER OUT HERE
REVEALS AN ASSAULT ON A WHOLE NEW SCALE. THERE IT IS! THE ANSWER WILL SURPRISE YOU. WHAT PROTECTS GAR EGGS
FROM PREDATION? THEY’RE LACED WITH A TOXIN THAT’S HIGHLY POISONOUS
TO MAMMALS, INCLUDING HUMANS. THIS IS ONE KIND OF CAVIAR
YOU DON’T WANT TO EAT. YEAH! FISH ON! MY HUNT FOR A BLOODSUCKING,
AQUATIC VAMPIRE HAS LED ME TO THE HEART
OF AN ANCIENT LAKE ON THE U.S.-CANADIAN BORDER. I CAN SEE THE FISH. IS THIS THE CREATURE
THAT’S BEEN ATTACKING SWIMMERS? HERE WE GO. SO, THIS IS MY FIRST FISH OUT OF
THE MAIN BODY OF THE LAKE — TOOTHY PREDATOR,
LOVELY PATTERNING ON IT. AND THAT IS A LAKE TROUT. PEOPLE THINK OF, YOU KNOW,
BROWN TROUT AND RAINBOW TROUT, FISHING IN SHALLOW WATERS,
BUT THIS IS A DEEPWATER SPECIES. IT’S ACTUALLY VERY COLD
TO THE TOUCH. IT’S MY FIRST ONE OF THESE, AND IT’S JUST A LOVELY,
VERY NICELY MARKED FISH. HEY, WHAT’S GOING ON THERE? THIS FISH IS MARKED
IN MORE WAYS THAN ONE. IT APPEARS TO BE ANOTHER VICTIM
OF THE MYSTERY ATTACKER. SOMETHING’S HAD A GO AT IT. IT LOOKS JUST LIKE THE MARK
I SAW ON THE BOWFIN AND IN THE SAME PLACE. I’VE GOT TO GET MY BAIT
BACK IN THE WATER TO FIND OUT JUST HOW WIDESPREAD
THESE ATTACKS ARE. THIS HAS ALSO GOT SOMETHING
BEHIND THE PECTORAL FIN. AND WHAT I FIND
IS VICTIM AFTER VICTIM. JUST BY MY LITTLE FINGER HERE,
THERE’S A MARK. IT LOOKS LIKE THESE HUNTERS
HAVE BECOME THE HUNTED. IT’S FOUR OF THESE FISH
I CAUGHT TODAY, AND THEY’VE ALL GOT
THESE STRANGE MARKS ON THEM. SO IT’S 100% RECORD. WHATEVER IT IS
HAS BEEN HITTING THESE FISH. THE THING IS, I MEAN,
THE ONLY THING I KNOW THAT LEAVES MARKS LIKE THAT IS GIANT SQUID
ON THINGS LIKE SPERM WHALES, BUT WHERE DOES THAT LEAVE ME
ON A FRESHWATER LAKE? ALTHOUGH IT WAS ONCE CONNECTED
TO THE OPEN OCEAN, THE IDEA OF GIANT SQUID
HERE NOW — I’M NOT CONVINCED. SO, WHAT ELSE COULD ACCOUNT
FOR THESE DISTINCT WOUNDS? I STILL DON’T KNOW,
BUT ONE THING I’M NOW SURE OF IS THAT WHATEVER’S
BEHIND THE ATTACKS ON FISH MUST BE RESPONSIBLE
FOR THE ATTACKS ON HUMANS, TOO. AND FINALLY, I HAVE AN OPPORTUNITY
TO FIND OUT THE TRUTH. I’VE HEARD
OF A LONG-DISTANCE SWIMMER NAMED CHRISTOPHER SWAIN, WHO’S GOT AN ATTACK STORY
TO TELL. HE TAKES ME BACK TO THE PLACE
WHERE HE CAME FACE-TO-FACE WITH A PRIMITIVE CREATURE
FROM THE DEEP. CAN YOU TAKE ME
THROUGH EXACTLY WHAT HAPPENED? I WAS IN THE MIDST
OF A 129-MILE SWIM OF THE ENTIRE LENGTH
OF THE LAKE. MOST OF THE DAYS
WERE RELATIVELY UNEVENTFUL. IT’S THE SAME OLD THING. THAT DAY, I’D BEEN SWIMMING
FOR TWO OR THREE HOURS ALREADY. THE VERY FIRST THING
FELT A LOT LIKE WHEN YOUR MOBILE PHONE’S
IN YOUR POCKET AND IT VIBRATES. AND THE NEXT THING I THOUGHT WAS
THAT I CAUGHT ON SOMETHING. SOMETIMES IT’S A PLANT. BUT WHAT PLANT COULD CATCH HIM
IN 100 FOOT OF WATER? SO, I REACHED DOWN TO BRUSH
WHATEVER IT WAS ON MY LEG OFF. AND I TOUCHED
A LIVING THING. IT WAS ATTACHED TO ME. IT WAS SOMETHING THICKER
THAN MY WRIST AROUND THAT WAS MOVING LIKE THIS. THEN I JUST HAD
A BIT OF A FREAK-OUT ‘CAUSE THE NEXT IMAGE
THAT I SAW WHEN I PUT MY GOGGLES IN
WAS SNAKELIKE. I MADE ANOTHER TRY
TO GRAB IT, AND IT SLIMED
RIGHT OUT OF MY HAND. SO, THIS THING THAT’S ON
YOUR LEG, IT’S WRITHING AROUND. WHAT WAS IT? IT TURNED OUT TO BE A 3 1/2-,
4-FOOT-LONG SEA LAMPREY. SEA LAMPREYS ARE SURVIVORS
FROM THE DEPTHS OF TIME. LIKE AQUATIC VAMPIRES,
THE ADULTS ARE BLOOD PARASITES THAT ATTACH TO OTHER FISH
TO FEED WHEN IN THE OCEAN, BUT THEY HEAD
INTO FRESHWATER TO SPAWN. THEIR MOUTHS ARE MADE UP
OF A POWERFUL SUCTION DISK LINED WITH ROWS
OF NEEDLE-SHARP TEETH. IN THE CENTER LIES
THE ULTIMATE WEAPON — A PISTON-LIKE TONGUE
TIPPED WITH RASPING PLATES, WHICH BORES ITS WAY
INTO ITS HOST. ONCE ATTACHED, IT MAY FEED
FOR HOURS, DAYS, OR EVEN WEEKS, GROWING FAT
ON ITS PREY’S BLOOD. I ENDED UP PULLING IT OFF, AND THE FIRST TIME
I PULL IT OFF, IT SHOT BACK ON. THEY DON’T WANT TO BE
REMOVED. SO, I GOT AHOLD OF THE THING
FINALLY, AND I MANAGED TO THROW IT. SO I REMEMBER SEEING IT,
LIKE, IN THE AIR LIKE A SNAKE,
FLAILING AROUND AND GO FALL. THIS THING,
IT SOMEHOW JUST SHORT-CIRCUITED YOUR RATIONAL RESPONSE
IN A WAY. YOU KNOW, I’VE BEEN CAUGHT
IN LIGHTNING STORMS. I’VE SWUM THROUGH NUCLEAR WASTE.
I’VE BEEN RUN OVER BY BOATS. THIS IS THE THING
THAT GOT TO ME THE MOST. THEY’RE EXTREMELY FAST,
EXTREMELY AGGRESSIVE. THEY’RE VERY HARD TO FIGHT. THEY’RE
VERY DIFFICULT TO KILL, AND THEY WANT YOUR BLOOD
AND NUTRIENTS. [ MUFFLED SCREAMING ] IT TURNS OUT I’M AFTER A FORMIDABLE
AND UNHOOKABLE AQUATIC VAMPIRE. SO,
HOW DO I POSSIBLY CATCH ONE? IS OFFERING MYSELF UP AS BAIT
THE ONLY WAY? AGH! I’M ON THE HUNT
FOR A BLOODSUCKING VAMPIRE THAT’S RISING UP
FROM THE DEPTHS OF A VAST LAKE
ON THE U.S.-CANADIAN BORDER. [ INDISTINCT SHOUTING ] GET IT OFF OF ME! SEA LAMPREYS USUALLY ATTACH
TO LARGER FISH IN THE OCEAN TO FEED,
BUT RECENTLY IT SEEMS THEY’VE BEGUN TO ATTACK
SWIMMERS, TOO, WHO’VE DARED TO VENTURE
INTO THE LAKE’S DEEPER WATERS. BUT WHAT EXACTLY ARE THEY, AND
WHY ARE THEY ATTACKING HUMANS? I’M HOPING ONE WOMAN
HAS THE ANSWERS. DR. ELLEN MARSDEN
HAS BECOME A SPECIALIST IN THESE
RESILIENT BLOODSUCKERS, WHICH ARE COMMONLY CONFUSED
WITH EELS. BUT THIS IS BY FAR
THE MOST ANCIENT RIVER MONSTER I’VE EVER ATTEMPTED TO CATCH. SEEING EEL AND LAMPREY
SIDE BY SIDE, THE DIFFERENCE
STARTS TO BECOME CLEAR. THIS IS A TRUE VERTEBRATE. THIS IS — THIS IS
A PROTO-VERTEBRATE. IT’S JUST IN THE PROCESS
OF BECOMING A VERTEBRATE. IT DOESN’T HAVE
A BONY BACKBONE. IT HAS NO BONES IN THE BODY
AT ALL. AND IT’S SO PRIMITIVE,
IT DOESN’T EVEN HAVE A TRUE JAW. IT HAS NO LOWER MANDIBLE. IT CAN’T BITE,
WHEREAS AN EEL HAS A TRUE JAW AND CAN ACTUALLY BITE
INTO SOMETHING. SO IT’S A FISH, BUT IT’S THE VERY BEGINNING
OF THE FISH LINEAGE. AROUND 300 MILLION YEARS
OF EVOLUTION SEPARATE THESE TWO ANIMALS. IN FACT, WE HAVE MORE IN COMMON
WITH THE EEL THAN THE EEL DOES
WITH THE LAMPREY. Wade: SO, THE PREDATION
IS ALL ABOUT THIS — THIS STRUCTURE ON THE FRONT,
IS IT? RIGHT,
AND IT’S RATHER DECEPTIVE BECAUSE YOU THINK,
“WOW. ALL THOSE TEETH.” THEY ARE TEETH BUT NOT
IN THE WAY WE THINK OF THEM. THEY’RE NOT TO BITE.
THESE ARE JUST GRIPPERS. IT’S LIKE HAVING
GRIPPER GLOVES TO BE ABLE TO GRAB SOMETHING
THAT’S SLIMY. THE THING
THAT DOES THE DAMAGE IS ACTUALLY DOWN HERE
IN THE MOUTH ITSELF. SO, IT HAS A TONGUE
MUCH LIKE THE EEL HAS A TONGUE, AND ON THAT TONGUE
ARE CHISEL-LIKE TEETH. SO, THIS TONGUE
IS ACTING LIKE A PISTON. IT’S GOING TO COME OUT, AND, ACTUALLY,
IT RASPS A HOLE IN A FISH. AND, AGAIN, IT CAN’T BITE, SO HAVING RASPED A HOLE
INTO THE FISH, IT’S THEN GOING TO USE SUCTION
TO SUCK BODY FLUIDS — BLOOD, AND OTHER MATERIAL — OUT OF THAT HOLE
THAT IT’S JUST MADE. I’VE BEEN CATCHING FISH
ON THE LAKE HERE, AND THEY ARE SHOWING THESE
VERY CHARACTERISTIC WOUNDS. I’VE NEVER COME ACROSS THAT
ANYWHERE ELSE, SO, WHAT EXACTLY
IS GOING ON HERE? WHAT’S GOING ON IS,
WE HAVE AN IMBALANCE BETWEEN THE NUMBER
OF LAMPREY AND THE NUMBER OF FISH
THEY’RE TRYING TO FEED ON. IT’S BELIEVED
THAT MAN-MADE CANALS CONNECTING THE LAKE
TO THE OCEAN OPENED THE FLOODGATES
TO THE LAMPREY. THE ENVIRONMENT THEY FOUND
WAS PERFECT. SO THEY STOPPED RETURNING
TO THE SEA. AS THEIR NUMBERS CLIMBED, SO DID THE ATTACKS
ON FISH AND THEN SWIMMERS. [ MUFFLED SCREAMING ] I’VE HEARD STORY AFTER STORY, YET, SO FAR, THE LAMPREY
HAS MANAGED TO ELUDE ME. BUT DR. MARSDEN’S TOLD ME
OF A RIVER WHERE THEY’RE INTERCEPTED
AS THEY HEAD UPSTREAM IN THEIR THOUSANDS TO SPAWN. I’M GOING THERE
TO MEET BRAD YOUNG OF U.S. FISH & WILDLIFE TO SEE A FISH TRAP
LIKE NO OTHER. THIS DAM WAS CONSTRUCTED
SPECIFICALLY FOR THE PURPOSE OF BLOCKING SEA-LAMPREY ADULTS
AS THEY TRY TO SPAWN. IT’S ABOUT 9 MILES UPSTREAM
FROM THE LAKE. SO THEY’VE BEEN ABLE TO SWIM UP
ON THEIR OWN FROM HERE. THEY CAN SWIM
ABOUT 3 FEET PER SECOND AND GO OVER RAPIDS
WITHOUT ANY PROBLEM. SO, AS THEY’RE MIGRATING
UPSTREAM TO FIND PLACES TO BUILD NESTS
AND REPRODUCE, WE INTERCEPT THEM
IN THIS TRAP. AND THE SEA LAMPREY ARE TAKEN OUT AND DESTROYED
ON SIGHT. USUALLY, THE RIVER MONSTERS
I HUNT ARE ELUSIVE CREATURES THAT ARE OFTEN REVERED
OR EVEN PROTECTED. BUT IT’S
A DIFFERENT STORY HERE. CULLING HAS STARTED TO REDUCE
THE NUMBER OF ATTACKS. AND THE TRAP MAY BE
MY ONLY CHANCE TO GET MY HANDS
ON THIS PRIMEVAL PREDATOR. BUT THAT MEANS DESCENDING
INTO A CRAMPED CONCRETE CELL IN THE MIDDLE OF THE DAM — A CELL
THAT COULD BE HARBORING HUNDREDS
OF BLOODSUCKING LAMPREYS. Wade: OH! AGH!
THINK I JUST TROD ON SOMETHING. OH, OH! OH, THERE’S A LOT AROUND THE
INTAKE — A LOT AROUND THERE. AGH!
I CAN JUST FEEL IT. IT’S SOFT. THERE YOU GO.
OH, YEAH. AGH! I’VE JUST GOT A KNOT OF LAMPREYS
IN HERE. AND THEY — GOSH, THEY —
THEY — THEY — UGH. IT’S QUITE A SIGHT. IT’S QUITE — THERE’S SOMETHING
ABOUT ANYTHING SNAKELIKE. IT JUST PRODUCES THAT SORT OF
INSTINCTIVE, SQUIRMY REACTION. UM, I REALLY DON’T KNOW
IF I WANT TO HANDLE THESE. AGH! [ CHUCKLES ] RIGHT. HERE WE GO. OH, THERE’S ONE ATTACHED
TO ANOTHER ONE THERE. THAT’S WRIGGLING. I’M… RIGHT, OKAY. THERE. OH, RIGHT, OKAY, DO WE PUT THEM
IN THE OTHER NET THERE? ABSOLUTELY. [ GRUNTS ] AGH. LOOK AT THIS, LOOK AT THIS!
AGH! THAT IS A VERY, VERY STRANGE
SENSATION, VERY STRANGE, AND IT’S LOOKING ME
RIGHT IN THE EYE. AGH, THAT’S A GOOD WAY TO — IT’S A GOOD WAY
TO CALM THEM DOWN, BUT I NOW NEED TO GET IT OFF
AND GET IN. OH, LOOK AT THAT!
IT’S ACTUALLY — WHOA! I’VE BEEN BITTEN BY FISH BEFORE, BUT, I MEAN, THAT WAS
PRETTY CREEPY. [ SHIVERS ] SOMETHING JUST WENT
THROUGH MY LEGS. [ SHIVERING ] USING THEIR MUCUS COATING
AND BONELESS FLEXIBILITY, THESE PRIMITIVE BLOODSUCKERS
FIND IT EASY TO OUTMANEUVER ME. RIGHT,
THAT’S A PRETTY GOOD HAUL. THAT’S ME CATCHING THE LAMPREY. THE NEXT STAGE, WHICH I’M NOT
PARTICULARLY LOOKING FORWARD TO, IS THEM CATCHING ME. IT’S TIME TO FACE UP
TO THESE AQUATIC VAMPIRES IN THEIR OWN TERRITORY. [ GROANING ] THE SEA LAMPREY IS
THE MOST ANCIENT RIVER MONSTER I’VE EVER ENCOUNTERED. AGH! THE PARALLELS WITH VAMPIRES
ARE STRIKING. THEY BOTH TAP
INTO THAT SAME DARK PLACE — THE PRIMAL FEAR THAT THEY’LL
DRAIN THE LIFE-FORCE FROM US. [ GROWL ] I’VE WADED THROUGH
THEIR WRITHING BODIES IN A TRAP BUILT
TO ERADICATE THEM. NOW I’M GOING FACE-TO-FACE,
FANG-TO-VEIN WITH A REAL LIVING VAMPIRE. AND THAT’S A STRANGE FEELING.
THAT’S A VERY STRANGE FEELING. IT’S — THERE’S SUCTION, BUT THERE’S SOMETHING SHARP
GOING ON, AS WELL. AGH! IT’S REALLY GETTING STUCK
IN THERE. OH! THE THING IS, IF YOU GET
THESE THINGS ATTACHED, YOU’RE ACTUALLY GONNA WANT TO
GET THEM OFF. IF YOU’RE SWIMMING, YOU’RE NEEDING YOUR LIMBS
TO KEEP YOU AFLOAT, TO KEEP MOVING,
SO WHAT ARE YOU GONNA DO? YOU’VE GOT THESE CREATURES
ATTACHING TO YOU. DO I CARRY ON SWIMMING, WITH
MAYBE MORE AND MORE ATTACHING, OR DO I STOP SWIMMING,
TRY AND GET THESE THINGS OFF? [ MUFFLED SCREAMING ] AGH, EASIER SAID THAN DONE. AGH! AGH, COME ON! THAT IS HARD TO GET OFF.
THAT IS HARD. THAT IS HARD TO GET OFF. AGH! AGH! I DON’T KNOW IF THERE’S A MARK
THERE OR NOT. HOPEFULLY, THERE’S NOT
A BIG, RED HOLE. THAT FEELS A BIT SORE. I MEAN, THESE THINGS
ARE LIKE AQUATIC VAMPIRES. I DON’T THINK THAT’S
AN EXPERIENCE I WANT TO REPEAT. UGH. I THINK
I HAVE SEEN AND FELT ENOUGH. BUT NETTING A LAMPREY
IN SOMEONE ELSE’S TRAP IS NOT MY IDEA OF CATCHING
A RIVER MONSTER. I NEED TO FACE UP
TO THIS CREATURE MY WAY. TO DO THAT, I HAVE TO TRAVEL
2,500 MILES TO THE PACIFIC NORTHWEST, WHERE I’VE HEARD
THAT LAMPREYS ARE CAUGHT USING A TRADITIONAL,
BUT DANGEROUS, TECHNIQUE. THIS IS THE PACIFIC, AND THERE’S ANOTHER SPECIES
OF LAMPREY THAT LIVES HERE. I’VE HEARD THAT IT’S BIGGER
THAN THE ONES I’VE SEEN SO FAR. IT’S ALSO TOOTHIER. THE SCIENTIFIC NAME MEANS
“THREE-FANGED LAMPREY,” AND THEY’RE FOUND ALL THE WAY
FROM MEXICO RIGHT UP TO ALASKA, ALL THE WAY
AROUND THE PACIFIC RIM TO RUSSIA AND JAPAN. BUT RIGHT NOW,
IT’S BREEDING SEASON, AND THEY’RE COMING
INTO THE RIVERS. SO THAT’S WHERE I’M HEADING. THE COLUMBIA RIVER ACTS
AS A HIGHWAY FOR SALMON, STURGEON,
AND LAMPREYS AS THEY HEAD HUNDREDS OF MILES
INLAND TO SPAWN. MANY OBSTACLES
STAND IN THEIR WAY ON THEIR JOURNEY UPSTREAM. THE FIRST IS
THE BONNEVILLE DAM, WHERE A WINDOW
INTO A FISH LADDER GIVES ME A TERRIFYING GLIMPSE
OF WHAT I’LL BE UP AGAINST. HERE THEY ARE. THESE ARE PACIFIC LAMPREY, AND THEY ARE QUITE A BIT LARGER
THAN THE ONES I’VE SEEN SO FAR, AND ALSO THE TEETH — SIGNIFICANTLY LARGER,
QUITE GRUESOME. AND, AGAIN,
JUST THE SHEER NUMBERS OF THEM. THIS IS A MASS INVASION
OF UNDERWATER VAMPIRES. BUT DESPITE
THEIR GRUESOME APPEARANCE, THEIR ARRIVAL HERE
IS CELEBRATED. WHILE THE SEA LAMPREY
IS DESPISED AND FEARED IN THE EAST, THE PACIFIC LAMPREY
IS VIRTUALLY REVERED IN THE NORTHWEST. IN GENERATIONS PAST, NATIVE AMERICANS RELIED
ON THESE CREATURES AS AN IMPORTANT
SEASONAL HARVEST. OVER THE YEARS, THEY’VE SEEN
MANY OF THEIR CUSTOMS VANISH. BUT HERE AT THE PLANK HOUSE OF THE CONFEDERATED TRIBES
OF GRAND RONDE, SOME ANCIENT TRADITIONS
STILL SURVIVE. [ INDISTINCT CHANTING ] GREG ARCHULETA CATCHES
AND COOKS LAMPREYS USING TRADITIONAL METHODS. [ CHANTING CONTINUES ] Archuleta: THEY DON’T HAVE BONE.
THEY HAVE CARTILAGE. SO THIS THING HAS TO BE PULLED
ALL THE WAY OUT. IT’S A KIND OF
REALLY ELASTIC CORD. YOU GOT TO GET
THE WHOLE THING OUT ‘CAUSE IF YOU DON’T,
IT GIVES IT A BITTER TASTE. SO, WHAT YOU’VE GOT LEFT IS JUST
SKIN AND MEAT, NOTHING ELSE. YEAH. SO, NOW IT’S READY,
AND WE’LL PUT IT ON THE FIRE. GIVEN THE CHOICE
OF SALMON OR LAMPREY, MANY NATIVE ELDERS
GO FOR LAMPREY EVERY TIME. SO I’M HOPING THIS
PRIMORDIAL PREDATOR’S FLESH TASTES A WHOLE LOT BETTER
THAN IT LOOKS. HAVE A TASTE. I’LL TELL YOU WHAT IT REMINDS ME
OF A LITTLE BIT. IT REMINDS ME A LITTLE BIT
OF MACKEREL, YOU KNOW, ‘CAUSE MACKEREL’S VERY OILY,
AND YOU’VE GOT THAT CRISPY SKIN. WHEREABOUTS
DO THESE ACTUALLY COME FROM? THESE COME
FROM WILLAMETTE FALLS, AND, ACTUALLY,
MY FAMILY CAME FROM THAT AREA. FROM ESSENTIALLY
TIME IMMEMORIAL, WE SAY, YOU KNOW, OUR PEOPLE HAVE BEEN
THERE AND FISHED THERE. WILLAMETTE FALLS PROBABLY HAS
ONE OF THE LARGER RUNS IN THIS AREA NOW. THEY CAN COME FROM THE OCEAN TO
THE FALLS WITHOUT ANY OBSTACLES, SO THERE’S
STILL A GOOD RUN THERE. BUT THEY ARE DIMINISHING,
SO THE TRIBES ARE WORKING TO TRY TO GET
THE RUNS IMPROVED AGAIN. IN THE PAST, GATHERING
THIS GIFT FROM NATURE WAS EASY. MIGRATING LAMPREYS LITERALLY
COVERED THE ROCKS AT THE FALLS. BUT NOW THEY’RE IN DECLINE, HARVESTERS MUST NEGOTIATE THE HEART
OF THE THUNDERING FALLS AND WRENCH THEM FROM DEEP ROCK
CREVICES AND CHURNING POOLS. ENTERING THE LAIR
OF THIS ANCIENT BLOODSUCKER IS NOT ONLY DANGEROUS
BUT FRANKLY HORRIFYING. IT’S EXTREMELY RARE
FOR OUTSIDERS TO JOIN THE HUNT, BUT THE GRAND RONDE
HAVE MADE AN EXCEPTION. I HOPE I CAN REPAY
THEIR GENEROSITY WITH A DECENT HAUL OF LAMPREY. TRIBAL COUNCIL MEMBER
PETER WAKELAND AND HIS SON, TOREY, TAKE ME UP THE TURBULENT WATERS
OF THE WILLAMETTE RIVER TOWARDS THE FALLS. BRUISES ARE VERY COMMON. THERE’S A LOT OF BIG BOULDERS
IN THERE. IT’S VERY SLIPPERY. DOES THAT MEAN
YOU CAN’T SEE ANYTHING? I THINK IT’S
DEFINITELY AN ART OF FEEL. YOU’RE JUST GONNA BE
PRETTY MUCH BLIND AND FEELING AWAY
DOWN IN THERE, YEAH. 150 MILES FROM THE OCEAN, WE’RE
ON THE SAME MIGRATORY PATH AS SALMON, STURGEON,
AND LAMPREY. Wade: ANYTHING SWIMMING
UP THE WILLAMETTE RIVER IS EVENTUALLY
GOING TO ENCOUNTER THIS 40-FOOT-HIGH WALL OF ROCK
CURVING ‘ROUND FOR 1,500 FEET. I’M AWESTRUCK BY THE CHALLENGE
FACING BOTH THE FISH AND US. IN TERMS OF THE VOLUME OF WATER, THESE ARE THE BIGGEST FALLS
IN THE ENTIRE U.S., AFTER NIAGARA. AND YOU CAN WELL UNDERSTAND HOW THIS IS GOING TO CAUSE
A PAUSE IN THE FISH MIGRATIONS. AND THIS IS WHY PEOPLE
HAVE BEEN COMING TO THIS PLACE FOR MILLENNIA. AND IT’S INTO THIS WATER
THAT I’VE GOT TO GO. OH! IN THE PACIFIC NORTHWEST, I’M ABOUT TO THROW MYSELF
INTO THE POUNDING WATERS OF THE WILLAMETTE FALLS ON THE HUNT
FOR THE BLOODSUCKING LAMPREY. WE’RE GONNA MAKE OUR WAY
UP ABOVE THESE BOULDERS. WE WANT TO WORK OUR WAY
ACROSS THE FACE AND CHECK
IN ALL THOSE CRACKS. I’LL BE WORKING BLIND. THE ONLY AIDS I HAVE
ARE COTTON GLOVES TO IMPROVE MY GRIP ON THESE
SLIMY, SERPENT-LIKE VAMPIRES. PETER TRIES TO SHIELD ME
FROM THE HUGE SURGE THAT’S PULLING AT OUR LEGS
UNDER THE WATER. ANY OF US COULD GET
SUCKED UNDER AND DROWN. [ GASPS ] NOTHING THERE. THE SOUND IS DEAFENING. I CAN BARELY HEAR
PETER’S INSTRUCTIONS. I’M DESPERATE TO GET MY HANDS
ON A LAMPREY, BUT I’M COMING UP EMPTY. [ SHOUTING INDISTINCTLY ] FURTHER UP, THERE’S A ROCK FACE
WHERE LAMPREYS CONGREGATE RIGHT UNDER THE HIGHEST FALLS,
BUT THE RISKS ARE MUCH GREATER. I DON’T THINK WE HAVE A CHOICE. WE’RE GONNA HAVE TO GET FURTHER
INTO THE FALLS. THE SLICK BASALT IS LETHAL. IF I SLIP,
I COULD BE FORCED UNDER AND PINNED DOWN
BY THE THUNDERING WATER. [ WATER POUNDING ] I WOULDN’T BE THE FIRST PERSON
TO DROWN HERE. I THINK WE’RE GONNA GO IN. TRY TO GET A GOOD FOOTHOLD SO YOU DON’T GET FLUSHED
OVER THE EDGE, THEN WE’RE JUST GONNA START
REACHING DOWN, FEELING. YOU’RE NOT GONNA BE ABLE TO SEE, AND THERE’S A LOT OF WATER
COMING OVER TODAY. AROUND 20,000 CUBIC FEET
PER SECOND. AGH! AGH! OH! THE ONLY WAY TO PRIZE THEM OFF IS TO GET
RIGHT BEHIND THEIR MOUTHS, BUT THEY’RE
IN A VERY DEEP CREVICE. OH! AGH! AND THERE IT IS!
THIS IS A REAL FIRST FOR ME! THIS IS A FISH
THAT CAN’T BE CAUGHT ON A BAIT, ON A ROD AND LINE! AND THERE ARE THE THREE FANGS! BUT ONE FISH… AGH! …DOESN’T MAKE A FEAST. I’VE GOT IT, I’VE GOT IT! AGH! OH! JUST AS I’VE MASTERED
MY TECHNIQUE, I FEEL SOMETHING HIT ME. DOZENS OF LAMPREYS
ARE FLYING OUT OF THE FALLS. THE FISH HAVE ALL SPOOKED
FROM THIS HOLE, SO WE’VE GOT TO GO
INTO THE EVEN WILDER WATER HERE! OH! CAN’T REALLY SEE!
THERE’S SO MUCH WATER! BEHIND THE TORRENTS, LAMPREYS
ARE SUCKERING THEIR WAY UP THE 40-FOOT ROCK FACE
TO THE RIVER ABOVE. THIS IS MY LAST CHANCE TO SEIZE
THESE WRITHING VAMPIRES. I’M HOPING TO BAG AT LEAST 30. PETER FINALLY SAYS
WE HAVE ENOUGH. EVEN THOUGH I’VE NOW GOT ONE
IN MY HANDS, THE LAMPREY IS STILL A VERY HARD
CREATURE TO PIN DOWN. TO SOME PEOPLE,
IT’S THIS HIDEOUS INVADER, BUT TO OTHERS,
IT’S A GIFT FROM NATURE. AND WITH ITS SNAKELIKE BODY,
ITS VAMPIRE-LIKE FEEDING HABITS, YOU CAN WELL UNDERSTAND WHY,
FOR SOME PEOPLE, THIS HAS BECOME
THE STUFF OF NIGHTMARES. A PRIMORDIAL VAMPIRE
THAT’S BEEN ON THE EARTH LONGER THAN ANY OTHER
RIVER MONSTER I’VE ENCOUNTERED. FOR BEHIND-THE-SCENES STORIES,
FISHING GAMES, AND MORE, GO TO
animalplanet.com/rivermonsters.

17 thoughts on “[River Monsters] Season 05/ Episode 05- VAMPIRES OF THE DEEP [HD-1080p]

  1. Hi yo guys, the new episode of River Monster' series is out now. Hope you enjoy it and have a nice weekend!

  2. Woohoo !!! Thanks mate ….. The Jeremy Wade magician… bet u can’t upload these daily as ur next trick ?;)

  3. I feel so sorry for the lamprey . it is kinda cute when you see its tiny eyes. It can't help being created this way come on. That's just the kind of mouth it has. So it feeds like that.
    No matter what the creepiest and most vicious things are HUMANS! Just watch forensic files and the millions of murders and deaths done by humans around the world!

  4. Thx for HD upload. 🥰 Although I wish you would add a less colourful logo in the corner. 😀

  5. When coming back from shooting this Jeremy's wife did not believe that the hickie on his neck was from a lamprey. It was added to the documentary to convince his wife.

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