Ray Mears' Close Encounters

Ray Mears' Close Encounters

Saltwater Crocodiles
Episode 1  |  SBS  |  December 26, 2015
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Renowned survival expert Ray Mears visits two of the most iconic and contrasting landscapes of Australia, the swamps of the Northern Territories and wild mountain ranges of Tasmania, on the trail of two of the continent's most notorious creatures. By studying the Saltwater Crocodile and Tasmanian Devil, Ray hopes to gain a privileged insight into their unique habitats and a better understanding of how they gained their fearsome reputations. With the help of local experts, Ray also learns how survival in the wilderness today, for top predators and humans alike, is far from easy.

Renowned survival expert Ray Mears visits two of the most iconic and contrasting landscapes of Australia, the swamps of the Northern Territories and wild mountain ranges of Tasmania, on the trail of two of the continent's most notorious creatures. By studying the Saltwater Crocodile and Tasmanian Devil, Ray hopes to gain a privileged insight into their unique habitats and a better understanding of how they gained their fearsome reputations. With the help of local experts, Ray also learns how survival in the wilderness today, for top predators and humans alike, is far from easy.

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