Jeremy Wade is a writer and TV presenter with a special interest
in rivers and freshwater fish, who has been travelling (mostly solo)
to the world's remoter rivers for 30 years.
He has a degree in zoology from Bristol University
and a postgrad teaching certificate in biological sciences from
the University of Kent, and has worked as a secondary school biology
He grew up in south-east England, on the banks of
the Suffolk Stour, where his fascination with the underwater world
began - and the desire to always see "what's around the next
bend". His first overseas trip was to the mountain rivers of
India in 1982, and since then he has increasingly spent his time
tracking down large and little-known fish in rivers around the world
- particularly in the Congo and Amazon rainforests.
"I don't see myself as a particularly expert
angler," he says. "But what I am able to do is get into
the kinds of places where outsiders don't normally go, with enough
energy left to put a line in the water. Teaming up with local fishermen
is vital to success, and what's great about this approach is that
you get to see beneath the surface of diverse human cultures too."
In between catching fish (or, on some journeys,
not catching fish), he has also caught malaria, been detained as
a suspected spy, narrowly escaped drowning, been threatened at gunpoint,
and survived a plane crash.
In 1992 he co-wrote (with Paul Boote) 'Somewhere
Down The Crazy River' - a book that is considered to be one of the
classics of angling literature. He has also written on travel and
natural history for publications including The Times, Guardian,
Sunday Telegraph, The Field and BBC Wildlife magazine.
During his career he has achieved a number of notable
'firsts'. These include filming a large mystery creature in an Amazon
lake (dubbed 'the Amazon Nessie' by BBC Wildlife magazine), and
getting the first underwater footage (with cameraman Rick Rosenthal)
of the 'Giant Devil Catfish' in India.
His first TV series, Jungle Hooks, filmed in 2002
for Discovery Europe, was one of the most-watched shows on multichannel
TV when it was released. His most recent series, River Monsters,
has achieved the highest ever audience figures in the history of
Animal Planet US and is also attracting large audiences worldwide.
When not camped beside a remote river, Jeremy lives
in Somerset, England, in the countryside near Bath.
|Mahseer caught from fast rocky channel
on Kaveri River, south India, 1986
|A mpoka (giraffe catfish) from a tributary
of the River Congo, 1991
|'The Amazon Nessie' – Jeremy
Wade photographed this mystery creature in an Amazon lake in