Extreme angler Jeremy Wade and his crew have to put on a special suit to protect them from radiation and wear special counters that measure the amount they receive as they are there. Jeremy is surprised at how quickly the ratings on the counter go up. We have over 100 nuclear power plants We have nuclear plants all over the U.S. 75-percent of them have radioactive leaks 37-percent of them have exceedingly high levels. It will take millions of years for Chernobyl to be able to go back to the pre-radioactive days before the meltdown.
In the days after the meltdown the Soviet Union had told no one about the meltdown yet but outside the zone in Sweden people were already measuring high levels of radiation yet the reactor in Sweden had tested for zero leakage. So they knew some nuclear reactor somewhere had a leak and so the Soviet Union had to tell the people what happened.
- Angler lands 108-pound catfish after being dragged into lake neck deep
Pripypat an amusement park for the children was due to open five days after the disaster and it never got to open. People had to leave their homes, they were forced to leave and were told they could come back in three days and it has now been thirty years and they can’t come back. Catfish that normally get up to 250 pounds are hard to land has a mutation, it has two lower jaws which has been a common find in the cooling pond at Chernobyl. All of that fallout has been in the pond for thirty years festering in the water with the wildlife.
The pond is a controlled zone and Jeremy Wade would need special permission to fish there. He gets permission to fish in the cooling pond. The fish he catches will be turned in to scientists for research. Wade remembers watching the explosion on television and little did he know he would be standing across from it one day fishing. Chernobyl has a strict after dark curfew.
- World Record rod-bending Abino Catfish caught in Ebro River
The information that will be gained is worth the gear that must be thrown away each day that they are there because of the radioactive levels contained in the fishing gear they used. He is absorbing radiation the whole time he is in Chernobyl and pressure is on to catch a catfish for research. There are regulations about how much radiation he is allowed to receive and his alarm on his counter keeps going off. He has caught 40 zander so far.
On the last day Wade is fishing and has only a small window of time left to catch a catfish. He is holding it and he is putting himself at radiation risk because the fish in the cooling pond measure 16 times higher in radiation than all of the other wildlife on the land.