Monday, April 26, 2010

River Monsters!


One of the few perks on my current job, I'm privy to late-night cable programming, something I am generally skeptical if not dismissive of. Aside from the Daily Show and it's subsidiaries, of course. Anyway...

Not too long ago, I found River Monsters, a fun fun fun show on Animal Planet. Well, it's fun fun fun for me anyway. My favorite episode so far happens to be the first I got to watch, about the goliath tigerfish of the Congo River. If anyone isn't clear on what that is, Google it. I'm in a hurry.

Anyway, the season 2 premeire was last night, and features the Giant Freshwater Ray of Southeast Asia (Thailand, etc.). Wow! 400 pounds, 17 feet across AFAIK or can remember. If anyone recalls (except for me), I blogged on this very creature a tiny bit back about half a year ago or so. I forget the exact blog title; I can look it up later. Maybe. I had tried to figure out the natural history of this creature, to ID the animal I found in pictures, but I wasn't quite sure. Now I am.

It was only been known to science about 20 years, says the show, and is still little known, AFAIK. And I can believe it, to an extent, judging from the shallow information I have seen online.

Now I know what I was looking at before. Whee!