This past summer, the Epicocity Project launched a National Geographic expedition to the highest volume rapids on Earth--the 85 mile section of the Congo River below Kinshasa, in the Democratic Republic of Congo. Flows were measured at 1.25 million cfs and depths at over 400 ft in the section of whitewater known as the String of Pearls. Our goal was to explore this unrun section of river and collect depth measurements and water samples along the way for the scientific team: an Ichthyologist from the American Museum of Natural History
and a pair of Hydrologists from the USGS. These scientists hypothesized, based on satellite imagry, that this area had one of the highest concentrations of different species of fish on Earth. It was Epicocity's mission to explore this area and find out.
Check out the website for the show here
for photos, video, sat phone calls from the river, maps and lots of other cool stuff!
The show is an episode of Exporer called "Monster Fish of the Congo," so check your listings to see when it's airing where you live.
You can also check out a leaked YouTube clip from the show