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Swimming with fish to fight his fear

Angler Jeremy Wade enjoyed swimming with a large fish despite a bad experience

Published on May 26, 2014 7:51 PM

About 12 years after he was rammed in the chest by an arapaima in Brazil, extreme angler Jeremy Wade came face to face with the species again - this time in Singapore.

The 58-year-old British host of the popular Discovery Channel series River Monsters was in town to promote the sixth season of the series.

At River Safari Singapore yesterday, he swam with and fed the arapaimas - one of the world's largest freshwater fish - in the Amazon Flooded Forest aquarium.

Speaking to Life! in an exclusive interview, he says he was "a little fearful" before getting into the tank because of the bad experience in 2002.

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"For weeks after that, I could not sit up and literally had to slide my way out of bed."

TV host Jeremy Wade on his recovery after being head-butted by an arapaima