Who is Jeremy Wade?
Jeremy John Wade is a British television presenter, born 23 March 1956, in Ipswich, Suffolk, England. He is best known for his appearance on “River Monsters”. Jeremy earned an undergraduate degree in zoology from the University of Bristol, and a postgraduate degree in biological sciences from the University of Kent. He has travelled a lot because of his role in the show, and during that time has faced numerous challenges. Jeremy can speak in Portuguese and Spanish because of his extensive fishing trips in South America.
“River Monsters” and Jeremy’s love for fishingJeremy’s passion for fishing and wildlife started because of the time he spent in the vicinity of the Suffolk Stour river. He said that it was the most logical thing to happen, just as people who grow up with a view of the Alps are tempted to become climbers. When he grew up Jeremy Wade started travelling extensively, and on one of his trips to India in 2005 the idea for a show like “River Monsters” sparked in his mind. There he heard stories of a mythical creature living in the local river, which was apparently abducting people, a story which fascinated Jeremy, and when he got back to shoot an episode for the show he caught a Goonch catfish which weighed an impressive 161 pounds. The show has taken him on travels in the Congo, the Amazon region, Europe and Australia. Currently, Jeremy is the host of a show airing on Animal Planet, which is called “Jeremy Wade’s Mighty Rivers.” In 2014 he also took part in the movie “Blood Lake: Attack of the Killer Lampreys,” in which he took the role of a lamprey expert.
Wife and personal life
There is little to no information available regarding Jeremy Wade’s personal life, as he never openly speaks about it. The bio introduction on his official website leads to the inference that he is not married. The lack of information on the topic sparked rumours that he might be gay, but this hasn’t been confirmed either. With regards to public social media accounts, he keeps the River Monsters’ Twitter page @RiverMonstersUK and has a personal Instagram page @thisisjeremywade. Jeremy said that he is not really good at balancing work and love lives, which has seen him focused on his career and fishing. This is why he has a long-term commitment to nature and fishing that began over 25 years ago.
Join Jeremy Wade & the crew on a journey as they investigate underwater mysteries in Sulawesi, Indonesia #tonight at 8PM on @ITV #RiverMonsters #JeremyWade #FishOn #CatchandRelease #angling #adventure #newseason #outnow pic.twitter.com/p5JuprXaxY
— River Monsters (@RiverMonstersUK) January 12, 2018
Net worth and SalaryJeremy Wade is very successful as a television presenter, and the “River Monsters” show is now in its’ ninth season. Not only that, but he is also the author of several books, and is a professional angler. The sum of all these activities brings his net worth as estimated by authoritative sources to over $2 million. – solely the sales of his book “River Monsters” published in 2011 brought him around $50,000. In his earlier days, when he was just a biology teacher, Jeremy earned a normal teaching salary of just above $30,000 a year.
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Family and Son
While Jeremy Wade does not speak about his personal life, some personal information managed to make it to the public. His father was a vicar, and Jeremy is not an only child, but has a brother named Martin, who has travelled with Jeremy for the show on several occasions.
During his numerous travels, Jeremy has had several brushes with death. They were not only related to the dangers of his workplace, because as he said freshwater is an environment where you cannot see what’s waiting for you. In an interview for EW, he said that while most people think of him to be fearless, on many occasions he actually feels fear, and this makes him pay attention and concentrate. According to Jeremy, one of the scariest and most dangerous episodes in his life was when he was preparing to enter waters filled with electric eels. Prior to shooting this episode for the show, he took numerous precautions such as consulting with power line experts, and bringing equipment lioncluding rubber gloves and boots, and even a defibrillator. Jeremy also had close calls when he was interrogated under suspicion of being a foreign spy, when he faced severe weather conditions, he survived a plane crash, and caught malaria.
Curious facts about Jeremy Wade
At some point, Jeremy participated in a Q&A session where he divulged some interesting details about his personality and life. He said that he does not remember the first fish he ever caught, but does remember not wanting to touch it because it was so slippery. He also said that one of the best books he would recommend to aspiring fishermen is Hemingway’s “The Old Man and the Sea”, because it would spark their interest and inspiration. Curiously, Jeremy is not opposed to eating fish, however, he only eats fish when there is an abundance of the given kind in the area where he is fishing.