Flying Fish to the Face in Slow Motion

By | January 20, 2020

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.

100 thoughts on “Flying Fish to the Face in Slow Motion

  1. ZoeizzMe Post author

    Ive been hit with one of these fish it hurts

  2. S A Post author

    سبحان الله

    كلما زاد البطء ترى ابداع الخالق سبحانه

  3. Schnee von Gestern Post author

    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.

  4. EmersedDragoon3 Post author

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

  5. 2018 Student LEE ZI XU Post author

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

  6. Mystery Mist Post author

    The fish look so fake idk but it’s true

  7. DoubleM-K Gaming Post author

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

  8. MaulMachine Post author

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

  9. Morellio Benoir Post author

    How do we be good stewards for these beautiful animals?

  10. Morellio Benoir Post author

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

  11. thesupersaiyan Post author

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

  12. Fidelio Post author

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

  13. Filthy Greedy YouTube Executive Post author

    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

  14. Devin Evrard Post author

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

  15. Seth H Post author

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

  16. Sam Hendriks Post author

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

  17. Nik Mikhaylov Post author

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

  18. Ivan THE_ROCK Post author

    У меня тоже есть камера от сони 960 fps, good

  19. DeathbyPixels Post author

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

  20. DeathbyPixels Post author

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

  21. Gayle Clanton Post author

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

  22. Jaydon Ethridge Post author

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

  23. zoe holmes Post author

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

  24. Laura Garcia Post author

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

  25. Winger Football HD Post author

    i died watching this!🤣 you guys made my day

  26. Mr STALER Post author

    Черт, так бесят лагающие субтитры.

  27. Flufflebut Post author

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

  28. TheNinthGeneration Post author

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

  29. Princess Lianey Post author

    1:42 A wild fish appeared!

    1:55 It got away safely!

  30. belfonzus Post author

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

  31. SpamReciever420 Post author

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

  32. Geneva Doll Post author

    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!

  33. athriaxo Post author

    Theres a guy filming the guy who is filming the guy and there was even one shot where I was able to see that, which means that there is a guy filming a guy filming a guy filming a guy filming a guy!

  34. Shaw Elliott Post author

    wait for the fish to jump and then blast them with a shot gun

  35. LessCommonKnowledge Post author

    I feel like Dan has at one point or another thought that he's more likely to die filming Slow Mo Guys, then he was in Afghanistan.

  36. Lancaster Responding Post author

    This video makes me sad. The ecosystem is ruined because of these fish.

  37. Andrea Lynn Post author

    Imagine being an Asian Carp, minding your business, being dumped into some random lake and then having people driving around the river to bother you all day, say a prayer for the Asian Carp lmao

  38. Dan Crosby Post author

    I was drinking my soda and after Dan got hit in the face, I choked laughing and that diet coke is now coming out of my nose.

  39. GERWolf Post author

    0:22 Greetings from southern Germany. OVer here we had a similar problem with "Graskarpfen (Ctenopharyngodon idella)" imported from China in the 70`s to eat up all the algea in lakes ment for the public to bath. Naturally their population exploded and we have been having loads of problems getting rid of them since.

  40. Joshua McKendry Post author

    There’s one frame at 7:54 if you pause it at the right time where the fish is directly in front of the camera looking right into it and I honestly haven’t stopped laughing in 10 minutes looking at this freeze frame of a fish realising it’s about to hit a guy in the face.

  41. Beekeeper Q Post author

    Try to cut one in half midair with a catana blade.

  42. CrypticRaids - Games Post author

    when the fishes wacth The Slow Mo Guys and see that there on yt

    Fishes: flapping in peoples faces since there so happy to be on yt

  43. Amelia Blakey Post author

    (Not so) Fun fact: If these things get into the Great Lakes, they could get into basically all of North America's major waterways thanks to how rapidly they breed.

  44. Cengokill Post author

    J'ai beaucoup aimé cet épisode, très drôle ! Comment avez-vous eu l'idée du concept de la vidéo ? C'est fou ! 😂

  45. Mazi A.k.A anti venom Post author

    Few broken jaws and noses nothing to serious

    Dan: what 😅

  46. Revolt Larz Wolfblade Post author

    I'll now proceed to pleasure myself with this fish

  47. Jacob Ranft Post author

    This was the funniest video I have ever seen well done guys😂😂😂😂😂

  48. bryce witko Post author

    that was the greatest thing ive ever seeen.. Dan should have raised his arms when on the rocks to make it look like he was raising the fish from the sea though… moment lost

  49. Mark Thomas Post author

    Never laughed so hard. Love the poses. Come to Minnesota. I’ll host. We have got something here. Don’t know what. Perhaps the polar plunge in January when the lakes are 3 feet thick with ice.

  50. Take the High Road Post author

    this is animal cruelty and if no one can see or understand that then you need your brain checked

  51. Some Body Post author

    Getting flapped by a fish is going on to my bucket list now lol

  52. Maya TL Post author

    Gav: "Today we are on the Illinois river in Lacon. That's in America, Dan."

    Dan: "Oh, thanks."

    *cue the most American-sounding music ever*

  53. RYAN CHAMBERLAIN Post author

    Why do the fish do literally the most dangerous thing when they get startled?

  54. Roger Burner Post author

    OMG, I was crying when that fish hit him in the head…. LOLOLOLOLOL Every time I watch it I can not stop laughing !!!!

  55. Emily Elizabeth Buchanan Post author

    So I showed my sister, who's had a really rough time lately, this video. That was the most I've seen her laugh in a long time. When Dan got knocked off the tube she almost fell off the couch.


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