Is it size, speed, aggression or the efficiency with which it kills its prey? Does an animal have to be a predator to be among the world’s most deadly creatures? From giant venomous centipedes to deadly saltwater crocodiles, it’s fatal attraction when wildlife expert Steve Backshall, travels across six continents for six months to find his “hit list” of the 60 most lethal animals on Earth. Premiering Wednesday, October 28 at 8:30 p.m. ET/9:30 p.m. PT, DEADLY 60 proves that when it comes to the battle for survival, size is of no importance. On a mission to find the creatures others spend a lifetime avoiding, Backshall encounters animals that pack a mighty punch in their own environments.
From the infamous to the unexpected, this deadly global adventure searches oceans, savannahs, deserts, mountains, islands and jungles to seek out 60 of the most fascinating – and deadly – creatures in the world. Travelling across South Africa, Australia, India, Malaysia, Europe, United Kingdom, South America and North America, Backshall encounters a host of animals whose unique appearances and masterful hunting skills make them awesome beasts of prey.
Take the hippopotamus – this friendly looking animal kills more humans than anything else in South Africa. Despite its stocky shape and short legs, the hippopotamus can easily outrun a human – it’s been clocked at 48 k.p.h.
What about the cuttlefish? Despite the name, cuttlefish belong to the mollusc group, and are among the most intelligent invertebrate species. Possessing three hearts and blue-green coloured blood, they can change colour in a fast-flashing pattern, acting as a deadly weapon of camouflage sneaking up on their prey.
Pushing four tonnes of pressure through every square centimeter of tooth, the great white shark proves to be worthy of a place on Backshall’s DEADLY 60 list, and a remarkable glimpse of fish eagles grappling their prey underwater illustrates their predatory prowess.
From all four corners of the globe, Backshall’s unique list of creatures have one thing in common…they’re all deadly! So watch your back as DEADLY 60 proves that – animal or human – no one is safe.