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Over ten feet long, it weighs in at nearly a quarter of a ton. It's a prehistoric beast of a staggering proportion, a fearsome creature from the time of the dinosaurs.
But the Alligator Gar is still with us today, hunting in murky waters shared by human communities. For Jeremy Wade, 'the greatest angling explorer of his generation', the Gar and other freshwater predators have been a lifelong obsession. In a quest that has taken him from the Amazon to Alaska, the Congo to the Himalayas, Wade has pursued the truth about creatures with a mythical status, many of them with reputations as man-eaters.
His story reads like a hunt for the Loch Ness Monster. But it's all true. Outlandish creatures like the Goliath Tigerfish and the Goonch inhabit the real world. And often too close for comfort...