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Swimming With Monsters

All Episodes 2013

  • Ended
  • Discovery
  • 2013-04-03T23:00:00+01:00
  • 60 mins
  • 2 hours, 43 mins
  • Documentary
Wildlife expert and adventurer Steve Backshall has spent his entire life getting up close to incredible animals. Now he wants to study four ‘monstrous' animals on our planet, by entering their underwater world and getting closer to them than ever before. In ‘Swimming with Monsters', Steve joins forces with behavioural experts, scientists and extreme divers in order to dive with fascinating but deadly animals. They then locate the creatures in order for Steve to do the unthinkable - swim with them. In one shocking episode Steve attempts to swim with Africa's most dangerous animal, the Hippopotamus. Steve wants to try and study their underwater behaviour and communication techniques, which because of their unpredictable and extremely aggressive behaviour, no scientific team has ever attempted before. Other animals featured include the world's biggest snake, the anaconda, the terrifying and illusive giant Humboldt squid and the most feared creature in the world, the great white shark.

4 episodes

1x01 Great White Shark

  • Series Premiere

    2013-04-05T03:00:00+01:00 — 42 mins

Steve travels to Mexico to find out more about the great white shark. Leaving the safety of his dive cage, can he get close enough to study this remarkable predator?

1x02 Hippo

  • 2013-04-12T03:00:00+01:00 — 41 mins

Steve attempts to swim with Africa’s most dangerous animal, the hippopotamus. Can he get close enough to this unpredictable animal to study their secret underwater behaviour?

1x03 Squid

  • 2013-04-19T03:00:00+01:00 — 40 mins

Steve travels to the Sea of Cortez in Mexico, to study the hunting behaviour of the voracious Humboldt squid by using himself as bait. Can he avoid being dragged into the abyss?

1x04 Anaconda

  • 2013-04-26T03:00:00+01:00 — 40 mins

Steve travels to the Pantanal in Brazil to swim with and study the monstrous anacondas that inhabit this region. But could his presence in the water trigger an attack?

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