When it comes to biologist Jeremy Wade, there's seemingly no fish he won't touch. His passion for marine life has rewarded him well, granting him a very successful show on Animal Planet called River Monsters. The program follows Wade as he seeks out fish that few know to exist and even fewer have ever seen in their lifetime. No destination is off-limits when it comes to his fish-finding and his desire to bring this unusual, and oftentimes frightening, aquatic life up from its depths is what makes him such an icon.

What viewers know is what the camera crew chooses to show you on television but what many don't know is what actually goes on behind the scenes. Many would be surprised to know that it is just as legitimate as it seems, with Wade being true to who he is in real life as well as who he is on-screen. While many things have been caught and broadcast on national television, though, there are many moments that were put in the books and sealed away. It's impossible to fit every harrowing moment into one episode which is why we've sought out everything that happened off-screen so that we could share it with you. Here are 25 moments that weren't fully captured on the show.

25 There Is Actual Research Going On Behind The Scenes

The great thing about shows that are produced for channels such as Animal Planet is that they usually offer some type of education for viewers. Despite the playful name of River Monsters, Wade claims that his goal is to share his knowledge with anyone who decides to tune in. That knowledge combined with real-life experience makes him a valuable asset to the show and anyone wanting to learn about exotic marine life. Other scientists have taken note of this, too, and have worked with him to record important information.

24 They Actually Ran Out Of Giant Fish To Catch

After nine seasons, River Monsters was respectfully retired. This wasn't due to the fact that Wade and his crew were tired of filming and educating but rather was due to a lack of fish to catch. Interestingly enough, Wade had been able to catch every single fish that was on his bucket list throughout the entirety of the show. When they had moved onto folklore and legend, everyone knew that the end was in sight. This made for an incredibly successful run as well as a tremendous educational value on the end of the faithful viewers.

23 The Camera Crew Does Occasionally Refuse To Film Injuries

In stark contrast to some other crews that will do anything for the views, River Monsters has made some calls in favor of the utmost safety for all onboard. One such instance was when Wade had his hand slammed in a car door and while he was peachy-keen about filming the grizzly injury, the crew insisted he that he got medical attention ASAP. Being in the wild and filming in untamed locations means constantly being aware and alert, and not always committing each moment to film.

22 They Do Keep Their Medical Kits Stocked And Ready

Wade said in an on-screen interview that he and his crew are all trained to deal with a plethora of various injuries. Since they film in many locations where medical help is not readily available or even within a reasonable distance, they had no choice but to know what to do in case of an emergency. Each member has been trained and given basic knowledge on how to address and treat certain wounds and ailments, making each episode just a little bit safer for all involved.

21 The Biggest Fish In The River

While fishing alongside scientists on the Breede River in South Africa, Wade caught what was admittedly his biggest river fish. This "fish" was actually a bull shark, which is what brought them to their filming location in the first place. Bull sharks had been sighted in this river which was highly unusual and in an effort to learn why, Wade reeled in a monstrous catch. It wasn't until it was brought to the surface that viewers caught a glimpse of a first for the extreme angler -- It topped out at almost 500 pounds.

20 They Helped To Solve A Giant Stingray Mystery

The Amazon is home to many a disturbing and ruthless creature and is an example of pure, untamed nature at its finest. This alone doesn't necessarily scare Wade, though, who willingly investigated a strange mystery that baffled locals. A bride disappeared on her honeymoon and people claimed she'd been taken down by an unimaginably large stingray. Not only did Wade catch the animal that he believed was responsible, but he was able to bring closure to the locals while also educating viewers on the power of this massive ray.

19 Jeremy Wade Was Also Bitten By An Alligator Gar

Seemingly prehistoric, an alligator gar is not a reptile you want to tangle with in the wild. This animal is feared for a good reason, as it's been known for carrying out more attacks than sharks. Wade went on the search for this massive fish after one reportedly attacked a young girl in Louisiana 1932. He ended up finding exactly what he was looking for in Texas when he caught a 123-pound garfish. This fish was also responsible for injuring Wade, who walked away with a minor injury after the whole ordeal.

18 A Strong Blow From An Arapaima

Sometimes, the most dangerous fish are unassumed due to their speed rather than their bite. This is the case with a giant arapaima, which Wade once caught on an episode. While that fish was roughly 150-pounds, it wasn't the one that knocked the wind out of him -- literally. He recalls a tale during which he came into contact with a similar fish and during the encounter, it rammed him hard enough to give him chest pain for weeks. A bruised heart muscle is just one example of what these rapid-fire fish are known for.

17 Four Hours Was The Longest It Took To Reel In A Fish

The fish in question was a poisonous stingray, something that most people couldn't be paid enough to catch. It took Wade about four hours to bring this massive fish in on dry land and that was without fear of being hit by its potentially fatal venom. This was no small catch, weighing in at roughly 450-pounds. Wade had a crew of local fishermen on board with him in Argentina, and it's fairly obvious how calculated and careful his moves were when dealing with something this potentially dangerous.

16 There's No Fear Of Box Jellyfish Here... Just Kidding

Similar to the poisonous ray, Wade also needed to exercise extreme caution with this stealthy predator. The box jellyfish is one of the most venomous animals in the world, packing a sting that can take your life in a matter of only minutes. Even for a trained expert, handling a jellyfish such as this takes caution, awareness, and knowledge when it comes to what to touch. It was no small feat but it did actually happen on the show and allowed viewers to have a heightened awareness of what to watch out for while swimming in Australia.

15 Their Sound Tech Was Struck By Lightning

We mentioned before how dangerous the Amazon can be as far as wildlife goes, but the weather is just as dangerous in this area. While filming an episode of River Monsters, the crew's sound tech found out just how devasting being in the wrong place at the wrong time can be. Luckily, he was okay within a matter of 12 hours, but after being struck by lightning, he complained of a massive headache and a deep awareness of where he'd been struck during the rainstorm they'd filmed in.

14 A Bit Of Toxic Slime Never Hurt Anyone Too Much

While most of us are familiar with catfish due to restaurant menus in the deep South, Wade is a bit more familiar with them in a way that most aren't. One of his most painful memories came from a catfish that he once caught in Argentina. These catfish not only have stingers, but their stingers pack a bit of a venomous punch as well. Despite its small size, Wade still took a significantly painful hit when he got a little too close to this fish. The injury was on the back of his hand and took some time to heal.

13 Fishing Hooks Are Definitely As Sharp As They Look

Getting a fishing hook-related injury is something that regular fisherman are fairly familiar with. Because fishing is such an unpredictable sport, there's no way to know when a fish is going to start thrashing while on the line. This is something that Wade dealt with on-camera as he was unhooking a piranha (of all things). Rather than being able to anticipate the fish's movement, Wade ended up being surprised by the thrash which sent a fishing hook directly into his finger... Talk about stellar TV moments.

12 An Anaconda Run-In

Surprisingly, the anaconda Wade swam into wasn't intentional at all. Rather, he was investigating reports of a giant anaconda inhabiting a local river when it came face-to-face with this predator. Luckily, he made it out of the water unscathed, but he recounts the eerie experience as one that was legitimately nerve-wracking. It's not uncommon to run into an anaconda on land but underwater, you're in their territory -- meaning a situation can go from bad to worse in only a matter of seconds.

11 He Always Releases Captured Fish

This is pretty common sense (what would he do with all of those dangerous fish, anyway?) but many people don't realize it. When Wade catches an animal -- whether it's for research or sport -- he always releases them back into the wild. He's a biologist first and an angler second, meaning science and being environmentally conscious are always the first two things on his mind. Capturing one of these exotic marine animals would mean bad news for it as well as the ecosystem.

10 The Crew Follows Real Leads

There have been plenty of times on the show when Wade has spoken of a new "lead" they're following in the episode. This is based on real-life accounts and towns seeking help for cases of wildlife encounters that have been unconfirmed. Wade has helped investigate anything from serious injuries to accounts of larger-than-life creatures that have yet to be captured or scientifically documented. This adds a level of depth to the show that many others just don't have and also goes to show how invested Wade and his crew are in marine biology.

9 Jeremy Wade Always Fears One Thing While Filming

Hilariously enough, it's not the giant fish that Wade fears while filming in remote locations. Rather, it's the location itself -- He has admitted that on more than one occasion, driving through these locations and down treacherous roads has filled him with dread. Oftentimes, the crew will find themselves with no choice but to follow the locals and deal with unsafe environments and roadways at the same time. Speaking of India, in particular, Wade once said, "No tread on the tire, a driver whose belief is that it is karma that will decide his fate, not the state of his vehicle."

8 Animal Planet Relies On Jeremy Wade's Personal Travel Experience

Animal Planet appreciates a real-life experience, as well as education and Wade, has both in spades. While he is a certified biologist, he also had over 20 years of real-world experience before agreeing to do River Monsters. This real-life experience helped him to give the show a successful nine seasons and educate many in the process. His own travel experience is was propelled the show forward, as he visited new destinations and was given the leniency to revisit old ones for the sake of filming.

7 Their Fishing Tactics Are Legitimate, Even The Weird Ones

Wade has used many different fishing methods over his decades of experience and that doesn't exclude the seemingly unusual. Most times, he's encouraged to try outlandish fishing tactics that are used by the locals. When catching a predatory fish, however, the rules are a bit different; he admits that he uses a combination of local fishing methods as well as his own tried and true practices. When filming, the methods used are legitimate, albeit slightly unconventional.

6 They Actually Used The Noodling Method

For those who don't know, noodling is an extreme way of hand fishing. In Oklahoma, he is taught by the locals how to catch catfish by hand -- Something that's mildly unpleasant but seems to work just fine for them. In this episode, Wade dives headfirst into a catfish den and comes up with a surprising catch -- A 50-pound flathead that immediately latched onto his arm. He described this method as "mad" but, clearly, it works! Whether or not he'd do it again is still a bit of a mystery.