Steve searches Queensland for poisonous killer species. The sugar cane toad doesn't make the list because it's an alien, which was imported from South America to eat cane beetles, which alas live higher then it jumps, but eat nearly all small wildlife on the ground. The list does include the red-back, a black widow, the dragon lizard and the tick, a sneaky vampire which dives onto its prey and buries its head under the skin to suck blood and spread poison, which kills even adult bats.
This season finale continues roaming Amazonian Brazil. Steve focuses on spiders, choosing the world's largest, the Goliath tarantula. In a cave he finds the vampire bat. The last of his 60 spots is assigned, rather by chance, to the army ants.
On the relatively pristine island of Borneo, Steve's team admires the rain-forest and mangrove fauna, such as the orangutan, and braves leeches. Qualified killers include insectivore bats, who catch and eat bugs just as efficiently as swallows do. Their rich droppings are a biotope in its own right, ruled by cockroaches and the extremely poisonous centipede scutigera. Pythons, the world's longest serpent which even eats and swallows humans, top the snakes-population.
Steve starts his exploration of the Borneo seas visiting the sea nomads on their boats, examining their catch. In the undeep waters near coast and coral reefs he admires scorpion-fish, crocodile-fish lion-fish. coral-reef mantis shrimp. In the open sea hunt sharks, tuna, maquerel and his list-pick, the barracuda.
Steve enjoys using a helicopter to roam the Brazilian savanna, in search a the giant anteater, who breaks into concrete-hard termite castles. In the forest, he selects from the invertebrate insectivores the wold's most poisonous spider, a snake and a scorpion. Back in the field, a rabbit owl, who uses the dirtiest hunting strategy.
In Wales's sea, Steve chooses the aero- and hydro-dynamic gannet, who spears fish like a living harpoon. In England, the herpetologist first recalls a memorable viper-bite, but also present the two non-toxic native snakes. Under one roof he finds bats and hornet, giant wasps who regularly cannibalize entire bee nests. The showstopper is a hawk, which demonstrates its amazing flight trough the wood.
Many killer species are endangered, even threatened with extinction by humanity. Some are hunted because people fear them, often rather as sources of valuable commodities, such as shark fin soup or tiger parts considered aphrodisiacs. Conservationists try to study and save them all. Others are captured for entertainment, such as dancing bears. wildlife .
Steve admires the gavial, a huge crocodile adapted to fishing like no other, but so rare now in the Ganges basin that it's bread in captivity. The great iconic quest however is by jeep and elephant, a combination ideal to increase chances of meeting Bengal tigers in the wild. After frustrating days, the feline emperors of wildlife suddenly abound and on occasion come rather too close.
In this extra episode on species Steve couldn't show in the regular ones, he starts in Australia with a spider. In Borneo, a viciously poisonous centipede made him sweat, especially as it seemed caught in his wristwatch. peaceful encounters followed with a viper and a kingfisher, as well as a moraine. In Africa, a 'gliding spider', more vipers and other serpents. In Alaska, Steve's favorite predator, the grey wolf.
In Louisiana, Steve's team searches for bayou (marshland) killer species, several of which are named after the iconic alligator, of which he visits the zoo-bred, spooky albino variety. The list starts with a fish whose mouth looks like a crocodile's. In between, a subaquatic fish-eating snake, a water-surface-mobile spider and an alien, the accidentally imported Latin American fire-ants. The list's champion is a turtle, who beak snaps faster and with more force then any other living predator's.
The making of an adventurous documentary like Deadly 60 is an adventure in itself, even if most of the time is spent waiting and searching, preferably with local guides or other experts, yet often even in vain. The tricks of the trade include safety measures, as for climbing, and getting acquainted in advance with dangerous animals, such as 'domesticated' hippo Jessica. Yet surprises always lurk, especially with wild animals. Biotopes themselves can be pretty uncomfortable, e.g. stinking, bugs-infested, spooky and/or dangerous, especially for team-members with phobias...
The team needs to be well-matched, including camera and sound technicians as well as director and researcher, plus local guides, sometimes doubling tasks, e.g. handling extra cameras. The required recording equipment adds to the personal luggage, so transportation is quite demanding in desolate or near-impenetrable territory, which can be as dangerous and unpredictable as wild predators and parasites, all subject to the elements, which sometimes even get the better of equipment. For various menial practical reasons, recording a short sequence can take forever.
In this digest special, Steve recapitulates species from all continents which are deadly even for humans who cross them at the wrong time and place. In Africa, that includes the vegetarian hippopotamus, which crushes or bites people to death, as well as poisonous scorpions and serpents. In Australia, the 'salty' crocodile's surprise attacks are usually fatal, yet the red back spider is feared even more. In India, vipers top the human kill count with tens of thousands a year, but the majestic Bengal tiger commands legendary respect. In the Arctic, the polar bear is ...
Steve starts his search for South African killer species with the hippopotamus, a vegetarian which kills more people then any African predator. His toxic selection includes one of the deadliest scorpions, a spider and three snake species: black mamba, a cobra and a python.
Steve visits the Cape Province. The honey badger is utterly fearless. The caracal hunts as masterly as any feline, with a secret weapon, jumping up to 3 meter to catch birds. An otter invites itself. Steve plays with a toxic but inoffensive giant stingrays. The main course, despite stormy weather, is luring some of the world's largest sharks population, notably a car-size great white.
In the state South Australia, Steve pursues his quest of poisonous killer species. During a demonstration of hydrodynamics, the inferiority of human streamlining compared to the tuna-fish is hilariously demonstrated by the irretrievable loss of his swimming trunks. The trapdoor spider is huge, with vicious fangs and venom. Perhaps the weirdest of all species is the elusive platypus, with extremely poisonous spurs. In the sea lives the catfish, who looks like a regular alien, with rapid tentacles strong enough to crack open a crab.