Flying Fish to the Face in Slow Motion
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Flying Fish to the Face in Slow Motion

September 3, 2019

Today we are on
the Illinois River in Lacon. – That’s in America, Dan.
– Oh, thanks. What is the story
with this river? Well, in the ’60s and ’70s, fish farmers thought
it would be a good idea to import Asian carp to eat
all those unwanted plankton. You know, plants, animals–
they’re hungry boys. Obviously, immediately
escaped out into the river
and trashed everything. – Absolute nightmare.
– Yeah. And if you take a boat
with a shiny bottom
on this river, apparently
it startles the fish and they just leap
uncontrollably out of the water. So we’re gonna take
our Phantom on a boat and hopefully get some lovely
slow-motion shots
of flying fish. You know they grow up to,
like, a hundred pounds? That’s like you
flying out of the river
and damaging boats. ( laughing )
I’m not a hundred pounds. All right, well, let’s go
suit up and meet the captain. – Shall we? All right.
– Yep. Oh!( music playing )– Dan: How’s it going?
Captain Nate.
– Nate: Good, good. – How you guys doing?
– Dan: Yeah, good. First things first, though. Anyone die doing this before?
Anyone been killed by a fish? Nate: Nobody’s ever been killed.
Just a few broken jaws, broken noses,
nothing too serious. – What?
– All right, let’s go. – Nice little day out
on the boat.
– Yeah, we’ll see if that’s still the case
when a fish knocks me out. – So they are just
in different spots?
– Yeah. And when you find a school,
it’s, like, crazy. Yeah, once I get a school, I like to circle
around that school and try to get ’em going
as much as possible. Rolling. Whoa! – Oh, I missed him.
– I didn’t see that one. Gav:
Yeah, yeah, whoa! There was three or four there. – Flippin’-A!
– Oh! Oh! – Fish! Gross!
– Fish in the boat! – Crap.
– Get it. – ( laughs )
– You’re all right, pal. What do you do? ( laughs )
What? – Just chuck him out?
– Chuck him out. – There he goes.
– So they poop in midair. They don’t have stomachs,
so they just filter food
all day long. So when they jump out
of the water,
they defecate all over you. So they break your jaw
and then poo on you
for good measure. So when they land in your boat,
they just start bleeding, pooping, sliming. Ah, the poop,
bleed, slime fish.
They do everything. Yeah, yeah. To the left.
That’s it. That’s it. That’s what I’m talking about. – Bloody hell.
– ( chuckles ) Whoa! – Oh, no! It’s gone.
– Hold on. Oh, there’s
craploads in there. Whoa! – God.
– All right, stop. Stop, stop. Jesus. All right,
let’s watch that back. Dan:Whoa!That was crazy.– Gav:Looks nice.
– Dan:Yeah, it looks very nice. Gav:Very cinematic.
There’s just a fish
in the background there.
Not in water.– Gav:That’s a shot.
– Dan:It looks fake.That one’s just
right next to the camera.
– They’re all trying to
upstage each other. This one–
– Yeah. Look at this one in the front.
What a trollop. Look at that. That’s, like,
ten feet in the air.Serious hang time there.Nice.It’s kind of majestic
the way it was shot, as well.
You’re getting it coming
through the whole frame.
So we’ve been told
that there’s a channel marker
over there on some rocks. And if you take
the boat around it, that just fish
will jump around. So I’m gonna try
and stand on the rocks, and let’s see if the fish
will jump around me. Nice and gentle.
Love it. Yeah. There we go. – ( engine revving )
– Just say when. – Ready, yeah.
– All right. Whoa, whoa, whoa! Jesus! All right, stop. ( laughs ) Dan, we got, like,
15 fish in the air.Whoa.That was crazy.Dan:For me that was weird,
because there was
nothing going on.
It was completely quiet.
And then suddenly there was,
like, 20 fish in the air.
I was just not expecting
anything, and then suddenly
I was scared for my life.
Gav:I was looking at you,
and then they started
coming to the left,
so I looked away from you.
You’re only in
the beginning of the shot.
But look at that.
– Dan:Look how slow– whoa!Look how many! Jeez.Gav:One, two, three,
four, five, six, seven,
eight, nine, ten, eleven.Dan:
I was actually scared
for my life.
There was just fish flying
They just keep coming.
Dan:I’m actually glad you
weren’t looking at me
’cause I was cowering. Yeah.Gav:All right, well,
they seem to have dispersed.
Maybe we’ll hit ’em up again
a little bit later.
– Dan:All right.
All right, Dan,
for this next part
you’re gonna need this
and this. Oh, joy. – All right.
Let’s see about this.
– Go for it. Oh, God. This is not the most
stable thing in the world. How are you supposed
to sit on this? Nate:
Just like that with your legs
hanging out front. – There you go.
– Dan: Whoa! All right,
turning the Phantom on, Dan. – Okay.
– What are your thoughts
about this? I’m kind of nervous
and excited at the same time. – You’ll be fine.
– Great, he says that. Rolling. Whoa! Flippin’-A! This is one of the most
mental things I’ve ever filmed. Oh, God. Whoa-ho! ( grunts, groans ) ( laughs )
All right, stop. Stop. He’s gone in. – ( laughs )
– Oh, my God. Gav:At this point,
it was chaos there.
There was like–
it was all coming up.
Look at you in
the background of that.
Is that the one that got you?
– Dan:No.Gav:That one is on a quest
to the moon.
– Dan:I think he pooed on me.
He might’ve pooed.Oh, there he is!
There he is. Dan:So this one came up
from the right, I think.
Let’s go full slow on this.– Gav:Very cinematic,
isn’t it?

It is, yeah.– Gav:And then suddenly–
( Dan laughs )Dan:
It’s not even moving.
He’s just, like,
presenting himself.
Here you go.
– Gav:Why didn’t you–Dan:
Why didn’t I catch him?
If you think about
my perspective, there was–
I couldn’t see him.
He came from the left.
He just landed on me. Gav:You look like
a fallen soldier.
You look like
you’ve been gunned down
in battle by fish.
Dan:In slow-mo,
it looks so pathetic,
because it’s, like,
a fish landing on me.
But in real time,
it absolutely annihilated me. – Yeah?
– It’s a small fish, – but it did some damage.
– Yeah. So what I’ve changed,
we’re now on
a much tighter lens ’cause you’re gonna be trailing
a little bit further back, – and hopefully you get beaned.
– ( Dan laughs ) If I get clocked by one
of those, I might get
knocked the clean out. Well, let’s see
if it happens, shall we? Oh, great, yeah. – All right, we’re good.
– All right, here we go. Oh! Oh! Whoa! Whoa, whoa! Oof! Jesus. ( laughs ) All right, stop. Whoa! Aah!( Dan chuckles )
That was really scary.
In the amount of time
it took you to swim
back to the boat, I’ve watched it,
like, three times, and I’ve just been laughing
the whole time. – Yeah, I heard you giggling.
– Look, there it is. – Oh, I see it.
– Missile! Gav:You see it absolutely leap
like a salmon.
Or like an Asian carp.
– Dan:Yeah, weird, that.Gav:
Straight up in the air.
And it actually created
a bunch of glittery mist
in front of you.
Dan:I saw it all the way,
the entire way.
Gav:Your eyes
are just scanning it.
It’s right above you.Dan:I was like,
“What can I do about this?”
Gav:You know exactly
what’s gonna happen.
Look at your face!Dan:
Comes back into frame.
Oh, here it is.– Gav:Close your eyes.
Oh, no.– Brace for impact.
– Gav:It hit right here.It hit right on the lens
of the GoPro.
Dan:This must’ve caught
the whole thing.
Look at this.Perfectly.Look at my head react.It’s, like, headshot.
( laughs )( laughs )The legs skewer!That is one of my favorite
things we’ve ever filmed. – ( laughs )
– Just is, Dan. Do you know,
we didn’t need
the camera for that one, ’cause I actually saw it
in slow-motion coming
towards my face. Whoa, whoa! Oof! ( slowed audio )
Whoa, whoa! Oof! ( slower audio )
Whoa, whoa! Oof! Gav: Oh, look at that. The sun’s setting on
our lovely day of fishing. No, actually, it was
more fun than fishing. – It looked more entertaining
than normal fishing.
– It was fun. If you’d told me,
though, ten years ago that I was gonna be stood
on some rocks in the middle
of the Illinois River covered in slime,
poo, blood, flying fish, I’d have had
a lot of questions. – I love questioning
those moments.
– Yeah. – How did my life end me up
in this position?
– Yeah. Well, I think we got some
lovely-looking footage. Hopefully,
you enjoyed that episode
of “Planet Slow Mo,” and you can click over here
to watch more. You can also subscribe.
That’s also over there. Just figure everything out
over there. – You got some poo on there.
– Yeah, I’m covered in poo. I’m gonna get a shower.


  • Reply Aleksandr Shurlo March 4, 2019 at 6:03 am

    Wow 1😊😊😊🇺🇸🇺🇦

  • Reply Simon Ellis March 4, 2019 at 10:30 am

    Can you guys pleeeeeeease release a mega cut off all your slo-mo footage with your awesome soundtrack??? Would watch it for dayzzzzzzz

  • Reply WormholeJim March 4, 2019 at 12:27 pm

    1:07 "What?!" lololol you'll be needing your military training on this one, Dan. Low and fast, that's the key.

  • Reply Rafik Alam March 4, 2019 at 1:06 pm


  • Reply Reginald Casiano March 4, 2019 at 2:11 pm

    The last fish was like "HIII IM YOUR BIGGEST FAN"

  • Reply Niamh O'Connor March 4, 2019 at 3:03 pm

    Wonder if the last fish died

  • Reply glibbergloop March 4, 2019 at 5:28 pm

    So, how was America boys?

  • Reply Isenderen March 5, 2019 at 2:14 am

    PETA will remember this

  • Reply CaptainMurphy1977 March 5, 2019 at 4:38 am

    I live not to far from there lol

  • Reply ElPaco Taco March 5, 2019 at 5:32 am

    Slow motion shoot them fishies with a shotgun.

  • Reply Skinny Dugan March 5, 2019 at 9:20 pm

    That would be so fun to take one of those steel baton tire checkers or tennis rackets and just have at it I would pay

  • Reply I'm on the winning side March 6, 2019 at 1:17 am

    Get a cat food company interested. They can have the fish free for the taking.

  • Reply zsmith _YT March 6, 2019 at 2:28 am

    You could get a concussion doing that

  • Reply Omarion Knox March 6, 2019 at 4:00 am

    This video is sponsored by Schutt (for the wrong purpose of equipment)

  • Reply Guðmundur Ingi Guðmundsson March 6, 2019 at 10:11 am

    You wade through bloody slime poo and hordes of flying seacreatures for my entertainment..
    I gave a like.
    Yes. The little cameraman told Dan some stuf bla bla bla.. but he was despite always
    That was one of the best things I have ever seen and .. gotta go. Gl hf

  • Reply 徐经纬 March 6, 2019 at 12:56 pm


  • Reply Pescadores do rio Ivaí M.A March 6, 2019 at 5:09 pm

    Top de linha amigo decha o link

  • Reply Louie Ralph March 6, 2019 at 7:08 pm

    I used to love Gav and Dan when they used to operate in their backyard… They are now… I dont know… Feels like… Different.

  • Reply LXC Scale Cars March 7, 2019 at 1:55 am

    No fishes were hurt in the filming of this episode…. lol

  • Reply The twisted Gamer March 7, 2019 at 8:10 am

    7:51 I could not stop laughing!😂

  • Reply Whitemares March 7, 2019 at 10:03 am

    Where in Illinois was this?

  • Reply Terry Rhuebottom March 8, 2019 at 4:38 am

    I know it's real but it's insane how the fish in the foreground look like bad vfx. This is awesome.

  • Reply Nato March 8, 2019 at 6:41 am

    2:50 my planet needs me

  • Reply Woable Attack March 10, 2019 at 12:37 pm

    "It's nine thirty, there's fish everywhere…'shrugs' fish everywhere"

  • Reply Karusell March 10, 2019 at 11:29 pm

    Fake. The fish at the end was a paid actor

  • Reply Justin Drentlaw March 13, 2019 at 2:30 am


  • Reply T BZ March 13, 2019 at 3:07 pm

    Footballers around the world applauding the dive after the impact.

  • Reply Wm K March 13, 2019 at 5:16 pm

    Hope the fish were OK

  • Reply 3D Magician March 14, 2019 at 5:40 pm

    Let me know if you go to beardstown

  • Reply dash8brj March 14, 2019 at 6:55 pm

    Poor Dan, Gav should have had a turn in the inflatable tube thing and copped a fish to the face as well. 😛

  • Reply Paul Deurloo March 15, 2019 at 6:15 am

    Invasive species are the worst…

  • Reply Sohom Chatterjee March 15, 2019 at 1:38 pm

    Love how he still wearing that lab coat 😂😂
    There having Soo much fun that he forgot 😂😂 😂

  • Reply daniel silavong March 15, 2019 at 11:12 pm

    😂😂 fishes attack

  • Reply AK March 16, 2019 at 1:34 am

    You guys NEEEEED to do a slo Mo whale jumping vid

  • Reply computergeek 101 March 16, 2019 at 7:03 pm

    You guys need to get a TV show, it'd be great!

  • Reply Mahmoud Osama March 16, 2019 at 10:01 pm

    العربى يطغط لايك ويقول منين
    انا مصر 💓

  • Reply Bro Mario March 17, 2019 at 10:33 pm

    Hey that’s the place from 13 reasons why!

  • Reply Oscar De la rosa March 19, 2019 at 3:55 am

    Dan trying to step on the fish😂😂😂

  • Reply Kusnadi Assegaf March 22, 2019 at 10:24 am

    4:35 emezing👍😉

  • Reply luuke luketer March 22, 2019 at 10:25 am

    happy slapped by a fish'

  • Reply HOLLYWOOD ACTION March 23, 2019 at 7:22 am

    Do Slowest guy in slowmotion

  • Reply Artificial Idiot March 25, 2019 at 4:49 pm

    6:54 I'm dead
    Dan was slain by water using fish.

  • Reply gkc mgk March 28, 2019 at 5:07 pm

    p.s. none of fish injured or harmed at this video

  • Reply Ashar Saleem March 28, 2019 at 5:51 pm

    That shot was incredible from the GoPro.

  • Reply Lakshmi Narayana March 31, 2019 at 5:47 am

    @4:29 "THE REAL AQUAMAN IS HERE" 😂♥️

  • Reply Marc-André Blais April 5, 2019 at 3:51 am

    6:58 absolutely ridiculous 😀

  • Reply Dragon Slayer_267 April 9, 2019 at 2:35 pm

    Hipcheck intensifies

  • Reply The Shank April 11, 2019 at 6:34 am

    That fish was just a slow mo guys fan. "HELLO DAN!" smack

  • Reply Jesus Ibarra April 13, 2019 at 5:32 am


    Skyrim theme music: *plays and intensifies *

    Greybeard: but there is one they fear, in their tongue dovakiing, Dragonborn!

    Fish: FUS RO DA!!!

    Dan: oof * is slain *

  • Reply Brendan Maxwell April 19, 2019 at 4:13 am

    I live right next to the river, real sad I missed you guys being in town.

  • Reply Perhapsgaming 553007 April 23, 2019 at 5:39 pm

    5:14 there’s 14 fish in the air

  • Reply Kyle Nguyen April 24, 2019 at 3:58 am

    i just realized i had this on auto quality! what was i thinking

  • Reply Jon Snow April 28, 2019 at 1:58 pm

    They need a wall

  • Reply Shelby Runyon April 29, 2019 at 7:52 pm

    I have heard that this species of invasive fish are destroying the regular habitat of fish in the entire midwest.

  • Reply Allen A May 3, 2019 at 9:12 pm

    wtf is up with those fish

  • Reply ZoeizzMe May 5, 2019 at 11:30 pm

    Ive been hit with one of these fish it hurts

  • Reply Random things happen here May 8, 2019 at 2:36 am

    Asian carp are trash fish.

  • Reply S A May 9, 2019 at 5:57 pm

    سبحان الله

    كلما زاد البطء ترى ابداع الخالق سبحانه

  • Reply Schnee von Gestern May 12, 2019 at 8:25 pm

    Don't like if people mess with animals just for dumb fun.
    I love your channel and videos, but this is intended harm of animals.

  • Reply EmersedDragoon3 May 19, 2019 at 1:25 am

    They began with a soccer ball, now it's a fish!

  • Reply 2018 Student LEE ZI XU May 28, 2019 at 12:48 pm

    Imagine the fish having a quiet life,feeding in the calm waters,then these guys turn up…

  • Reply Mystery Mist June 3, 2019 at 8:08 pm

    The fish look so fake idk but it’s true

  • Reply DoubleM-K Gaming June 6, 2019 at 11:21 pm

    If you stop the frame just before the last fish hits the GoPro, you can see the fish looking straight into the lens 🙂

  • Reply MaulMachine June 7, 2019 at 11:30 pm

    I remember the Carp Hunters video these guys made about ten years ago. Good times.

  • Reply Morellio Benoir June 11, 2019 at 1:25 pm

    How do we be good stewards for these beautiful animals?

  • Reply Morellio Benoir June 11, 2019 at 1:27 pm

    If only we could have a good relationship with Bears. They would know what to do for sure.

  • Reply thesupersaiyan June 17, 2019 at 3:20 pm

    4:27 Its like some weird Fish Apocalypse movie. I'm on Dan's side of this, I'd be freaking terrified.

  • Reply Fidelio June 17, 2019 at 7:09 pm

    wait, so in the end, is that blood on his head or hair?

  • Reply Get Real June 26, 2019 at 7:39 am

    Since we are so good at genetically engineering things I don’t understand why we don’t release some with horrible genetic defects and let them reproduce with other fish making them infertile and or unable to survive

  • Reply Devin Evrard June 28, 2019 at 10:55 pm

    It looks like the fish are swimming in air going that slow, really cool

  • Reply Seth H July 3, 2019 at 1:02 am

    This is the first video on YouTube that has made me laugh in a looooong time

  • Reply Svante Gregersson July 4, 2019 at 6:34 am

    The best way to fish

  • Reply Sam Hendriks July 4, 2019 at 2:14 pm

    Would these fish hold their breath when they jump out of the water? 🤔

  • Reply Nik Mikhaylov July 8, 2019 at 8:01 am

    4:34 This is what "Aquaman" should have looked like

  • Reply Maddox July 24, 2019 at 2:27 am

    It's Aqua Dan

  • Reply Ivan THE_ROCK July 25, 2019 at 5:43 am

    У меня тоже есть камера от сони 960 fps, good

  • Reply DeathbyPixels July 25, 2019 at 7:43 pm

    If you look at it a certain way, he got nailed in the face by a goldfish

  • Reply DeathbyPixels July 25, 2019 at 7:46 pm

    9:28 Does this look like the face of mercy?

  • Reply Gayle Clanton July 26, 2019 at 2:48 am

    I like the glitter. But, I liked it better not knowing you put it there. #😉😉 #IMissMyImagination. Thank You.💖💖💖💖💖💖

  • Reply Jaydon Ethridge July 26, 2019 at 5:48 pm

    I was on that exact bridge and I saw them down There

  • Reply zoe holmes July 28, 2019 at 4:26 am

    y'all I live like ten minutes from here I'm losing my freaking mind

  • Reply Laura Garcia August 1, 2019 at 7:07 am

    Love it, first time i've seen something like this was with river monster Jermey wade

  • Reply Sam Haas August 5, 2019 at 12:39 pm

    “What if it’s a shark?!”

  • Reply F4NGS August 7, 2019 at 12:18 am

    i died watching this!🤣 you guys made my day

  • Reply Mr STALER August 7, 2019 at 7:42 am

    Черт, так бесят лагающие субтитры.

  • Reply Flufflebut August 7, 2019 at 5:25 pm

    Nothing like slapping your friend in the face with a fish for a living.

  • Reply u tuber August 7, 2019 at 10:35 pm

    I sawr it!!! you silly Brits crack me up…..

  • Reply Ashton Sablan August 8, 2019 at 7:42 am

    I sawed this boat in half!

  • Reply HM_Raider August 15, 2019 at 8:56 am


  • Reply TheNinthGeneration August 17, 2019 at 7:27 am

    9:28 and I was at this moment the fish realized his mistake, never head but a camera

  • Reply marina njer August 19, 2019 at 8:11 am

    Everybody poops

  • Reply Princess Lianey August 20, 2019 at 4:07 pm

    1:42 A wild fish appeared!

    1:55 It got away safely!

  • Reply belfonzus August 21, 2019 at 10:00 am

    From 4:27 all I could think of was the dolphins singing "So long and thanks for all the fish"…

  • Reply Batûl August 23, 2019 at 8:16 am

    9:28 “hello there”

  • Reply SpamReciever420 August 24, 2019 at 1:32 am

    Boat with shiny hull: exists
    Asian carp: Y E E T

  • Reply Legendan 7 August 24, 2019 at 10:42 pm

    what an amazing video
    7:53 to be continued

  • Reply James Paul Clifford Williams August 25, 2019 at 1:20 am

    4:29 Aquaman 2 leaked footage

  • Reply Ace Bear August 25, 2019 at 7:50 am

    I live there

  • Reply Geneva Doll August 29, 2019 at 9:44 pm

    Oh my GOD!!! I LOL’ed SO HARD when he got knocked off the float AND in the head, but when he got knocked off the noise he made was so hilarious omg. Love y’all!

  • Reply Jason Martin August 31, 2019 at 3:58 pm

    There were 16 fish

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