In the Indian Ocean, Steve marvels at giant species living (mainly) on tiny plankton, such as manta, whale shark and whales. Self-invited aboard their yacht is a scarily fast spider-relative, contrary to legend not poisonous. On the ocean-shore, he marvels at the ultimate starfish.
Steve is excited about the variety of landscape types and exceptional bio-diversity in small Costa Rica. On the Pacific coast, predators vary from monkeys and frogs to snakes and crocodiles. The star killer however is the jaguar, an elusive jungle cat, a stealth master whose mighty bite smashes large skulls.
Steve seeks the deadliest Artic predators, which means an Alaskan quest for the polar bear, the largest living land predator. Unexpedtecly keen polar foxes on the way don't make the list, unlike the wolverine and several congregations to feast on salmons, notably the grizzly bear and the eagle.
The main course in Brazilian wildlife is Amazonia, a land of deadly extremes. Steve admires and swim with the largest fish, planned to select the carnivorous species of red piranha but is won over by the even more voracious candiru fish. The boat also passes procession caterpillars. The fer de lance is the most deadly snake in the Americas. The pink Orinoko dolphin is a master in smart group fishing.
Steve continues his home quest up north in Scotland's isles, where otters swim, the aquatic giants amongst the ever-deadly weasel family and wilder then the Highlands. In the fens (lowland bogs) he goes trough aquatic insectivores but selects an amphibious spider which devours all of them. Finally the fastest animal ever, the falcon, whose entire anatomy is adapted to speeding, demonstrates its flight agility as infallible hunter by outracing a sport-scar from which the falconer waves a lure.
A measure of ruthlessness, or call it cruelty, can be necessary for hunters. Steve selects a top 10 of predators who efficiently excel in it, using footage from the regular Deadly 60 series. He starts with the tiger, the greatest feline and India's wildlife emperor. Next the polar bear, earth's largest carnivore, the tiger shark and the honey badger chosen over his relative the wolverine. Further the Humboldt squid, Japanese hornets and the sea leopard, an Arctic seal. Steve's medals go to the lions pride, the Aussie 'salty' giant crocodile and the great white shark.
Speed is crucial for hunters. Steve selects a top 10 of predators who efficiently excel in it, using footage from the regular Deadly 60 series. The bottom half includes the black mamba, praying mantis lobster, star nose mole and dragonfly (slightly quicker then its larva). Higher rank the chameleon, adder and tuna, whose hydrodynamics Steve demonstrates at the cost of his swimming trunks. The medals go to the peregrine falcon, cheetah and gannet.
Using footage from the Deadly 60, Steve presents ten of the most poisonous predators, his favorites. In water, the list includes monitor, sea-snake and Humboldt-squid. From above falls the tiny tick. On land, the millipede, skunk (chosen over his honey badger relative), serpents, spiders, scorpions and the curare-frog.
Tactics are crucial for hunters. Steve selects a top 10 of predators who efficiently excel in it, using footage from the regular Deadly 60 series. Team work specialists include small buzzard bands in Arizona's desert, larger packs of African wild dogs and chimpanzee clans who fatally outmaneuver even monkeys. Further Madagascar's mimicry champion gecko, snakes using their tongues as lures, ermine 'dancing' to mesmerize rabbits and spider-made quartz traps. The medals go to the alligator turtle's lure tongue, leopard stealth sprinting and strategically ...
Weapons and their use differ greatly, yet are essential to hunting success. Steve selects a top 10 of predators who are optimally equipped, using footage from the regular Deadly 60 series. The bottom half includes the eagle's talons, elephant's tusk (for rival duels), tarser's bony fingers. Higher rank the bullet ant, whose sting is 'only' an enemy deterrent, carnivorous plants and the owl. The medals go to the python's, as world's longest constrictor, the grizzly bear and the praying mantis.
Using footage from the Deadly 60, Steve presents ten of the most ruthless predators, who are extremely deadly to prey and/or anyone coming between it and them. In water, the list includes a seal, two sharks and a giant squid as well as the 'salty' crocodile. In the air, Japanese hornet. On land, the wolverine (chosen over his honey badger relative), lion, polar bear and tiger.
Sharks, especially the great white, have a deadly mouthful of razor-sharp teeth and bite like a chainsaw. At scale, carnivorous bats can compare. Biting power champions include crocodilians and the alligator turtle. Claws can be deadly too, as with birds of prey, the praying mantis, which inspired kungfu, and its homonym aquatic counterpart, a lobster. Venom is often deadly, with millipedes as well as snakes such as cobras. Speed is often part of deadly hunting, as with falcon and tuna.
Steve 'auditions' the Costa Rican jungle snakes as candidates. From, the giant boa constrictor's strangulation method makes the list, and various poisonous species, including the bushmaster, with superior camouflage, and adder with exquisite heath detection and supersonic bite, he chooses the second. The world's most toxic creatures are Latin American jungle frogs, which produce curare. Vampire bats also make the list.
In Panama's muddy rain forest, Steve searches with horses and local carriers for the rare harpy, the largest and strongest, yet elusive eagle species, guided by a friendly Indian tribe. On the way he meets speedy 'racing snakes', a mud-camouflaged bug, a tarantula, and the natives' nemesis, bullet ants with the most painful insect bite.
In Arizona's surprisingly lively Sonora desert, literally deadly rivals for air supremacy are the 'Canadian' eagle owl at night and Steve's first pick, the smaller buzzard, who prevails at day by hunting in small packs. Ruling feline is the mountain lion, puma or cougar, a master of stealth hunting and climbing, almost impossible to track without hounds. Perhaps most feared is the deadly-poisonous rattlesnake. Steve also picks a less toxic amphibian, the gecko, a bizarre lizard.
Steve visits Mexico's Baja California region. At sea, it harbors the giant Humbold squid, known as red devil, with a scalpel-sharp mouth and many razor-sharp teeth on its sucking tentacles, which often hunts in packs of up to 1,200 monsters. On land, Baja is rich in poisonous creatures, but most famous for its numerous rattlers, of various species of which one is unique to the region. In Panama, Steve successfully searches the jungle for the harpy, the largest and perhaps rarest eagle, which nests high in giant trees.
In the tropical Philippines archipelago, Steve starts on Palawang for the water monitor, an amphibious giant lizard, versatile scavenger-hunters, whose bite is vicious because of sharp teeth and saliva-bacteria guaranteeing instant infection. In bug-infested caves, Steve picks over tarantulas the whip-spider, which is a cross with a scorpion. The he goes rock-climbing for the venomous snake sea-krait, a fish-eater. Surprisingly deadly too is the tarsier, a primitive nocturnal primate. The solitary thresher shark uses its huge whip-like tail to stun its prey so it can ...
Steve starts in a natural museum comparing skeletons, notably dental, of predators from British Columbia. In coastal waters, he meets the huge Steller sea-lion with a scarier mouth then bears. On the sea bottom lurks the basilisk-like fish wolf-eel, who crushes even sea-urchins, devoured with spine. Next the giant Pacific octopus, a crab cracking specialist. As finale orcas, the only killer whale species, actually the largest dolphins, who even demonstrate they hunt the giant sea-lion, but it escapes.
Steve visits South Africa with a park ranger. In the rivers, he finds the hippopotamus, which kills many people by crushing or biting, and the Nile crocodile, a prehistoric hunting machine. As deadliest snake, they select the black mamba, Africa's largest and the world's fastest venomous serpent with almost instant-lethal poison. As arachnid, they choose spiders the cannibal scorpions.
In the Namibian hot savanna, Steve concentrates on admiring the big cats' superior hunting techniques. The leopard is an absolute master in stealth and chase, even into cave dens, but constantly faces mortal danger when prey such as porcupines use their defenses. Lions are social animals, usually hunting in tactical team formations.