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Hooked on Sawfish: Zeb Hogan

National Geographic Emerging Explorer, aquatic ecologist, and megafish-finder Zeb Hogan travels to lakes and rivers the world over to document and protect the planet’s largest freshwater fish. Tonight, the National Geographic Channel premieres a new episode of Hooked that follows Zeb into the Australian outback in search of one of the most critically endangered—and peculiar-looking—fish on Earth, the giant freshwater sawfish.

To date, Zeb’s work on the ambitious Megafishes project has helped lead to protection for the giant Mekong catfish and creation of a preserve for the giant stingray and the giant barb.

Need something to do while you’re waiting for the show to air? Check out the megafishes photo gallery, read National Geographic News’ nine-part series on the Megafishes project, scan Zeb’s picks for Top Ten Ugly and Endangered Fish, or try your hand at the Hooked: Reel ‘Em In game. (I did myself, but the fish kept getting away before I could land them. Can you do better?)


  1. UnspokenVerb
    October 22, 2011, 5:30 pm

    A very tasty, as well as beautiful, looking fish. When I was ‘knee-high to a grasshopper’, my father caught a 4 – 5 footer in the Cumberland river when they were fishing for Spoonbill Catfish. They took a picture and I remember eating some delicious fish! Of course they released the Sawfish. 🙂

  2. rebecca
    October 20, 2009, 4:54 pm

    I wouldn’t want to run into that fish in a dark alley! So cool!