'River Monsters': Man's Face Ripped Off In South American River

'River Monsters': Man's Face Ripped Off In South American River

On "River Monsters," Jeremy Wade traveled to South America to investigate where a Bolivian man named Oscar was killed when face was ripped off while swimming across the South American River.

The strange part? The rest of his body was untouched. Jeremy called it the most gruesome death he's ever investigated. So he decided to go fishing in the river to see what evidence he could find... and he found some feisty piranha... and even injured himself reeling one in.

Jeremy pulled the hook out of his thumb and used the blood from his injury to try to attract more river monsters. Apparently, a piranha has a keen sense of smell and can detect one drop of blood in 50 gallons of water so Jeremy was able to reel many more piranha in. He also found out later from a witness who was there when Oscar was attacked, that the river monster were red-bellied piranhas, which normally don't attack healthy humans. But it turns out the piranha have become more aggressive since a new fish's presence have made them compete more for food.

Fans on Twitter were loving the episode, calling it clutch, informative, and a little bit scary.

If you want to hear more from Jeremy about the show, you can watch the "How to Catch a River Monster" web series, exclusively on AnimalPlanet.com
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