Despite their massive size, the world’s largest freshwater fish are often elusive and even fragile. Explore the mysterious underwater world these mighty creatures call home in Monster Fish: In Search of the Last River Giants, the latest featured exhibition at The Discovery. Visitors of all ages are invited to embark on a global journey to storied river basins with aquatic ecologist Dr. Zeb Hogan on his quest to find, research and protect these freshwater giants and their increasingly delicate ecosystems.
The large-scale exhibition features 6,000 square feet of hands-on interactive exhibits, immersive video installations and stunning life-size sculptures of giant freshwater fish measuring six feet or longer and weighing more than 200 pounds. From mythical tales and storied traditions, to threats and conservation efforts, visitors will gain a greater appreciation for the important role these monstrous fish play in both culture and ecosystems.
Dr. Zeb Hogan, Research Associate Professor in the College of Science at the University of Nevada, Reno and National Geographic explorer, has spent decades studying giants of the deep. His travels have taken him from Mongolia to the Pacific Northwest, Thailand to Australia. The globe-trotting scientist is focused on finding, studying, and protecting the world’s largest freshwater fish, while also educating a global community about precariously balanced ecosystems and their endangered inhabitants. Dr. Hogan’s extensive travels are documented in the television show titled “Monster Fish,” which ran for seven seasons on Nat Geo Wild.
Monster Fish: In Search of the Last River Giants will be on exhibit at The Discovery through January 7, 2024 and is included with general admission to the museum.