Tonight’s the night, the world premiere of a National Geographic Channel and Nat Geo WILD simulcast event, revealing new animal behaviors documented for the first time ever. The Secret Life of Predators, Hosted by Naturalist and Big Cat Tracker Boone Smith, goes into the perilous — but rarely seen — world of deadly hunters.
Predators can be iconic or surprising. Some are easy to recognize, and some you would never even suspect, but every one of them must strategize, improvise, and specialize in order to survive. Guided by naturalist and big cat tracker Boone Smith, Secret Life of Predators travels to the depths of the oceans, the high forests, the vast open land, and to the edge of the earth to capture every strike, chase, and kill. Traveling across the globe to some of the world’s most unforgiving places including Africa’s savanna, Indonesia’s tropical reefs, Central America’s rainforest, and India’s dry forest, see the world through the eyes of a predator. Regardless of where they stalk, soar or swim, carnivores must fight for every morsel, every meal, every day.
“Because they’re killers, we often think that predators have an easy time of it, but it’s actually the toughest gig on the planet,” said Smith. “Secret Life of Predators offers viewers a rare look at the ‘circle of life’ from the predators’ point of view. They may be more lethally equipped than their prey, but life isn’t an open buffet. Every encounter is an adrenaline-charged conflict … where the risk can be greater than the reward.”
Combining cutting-edge cinematography with a surprising soundtrack of indie-rock music including Snow Patrol and The Lumineers, the four-part special delivers new and astounding stories about 45 different animal species. The very best wildlife cameramen and crews traveled to 18 countries, immersing themselves in 12 different habitats to capture extraordinary natural history footage and never-before-seen animal behaviors. They endured brutally cold temperatures 400 miles from the North Pole to film polar bears and Arctic foxes; more than 200 miles out to sea from Mexico, they swam alongside the fastest fish in the ocean; and they dove 150 feet underwater in Canada to observe the giant Pacific octopus.
Deep in the rainforest, National Geographic cameras captured the unbelievable instinctual behavior of glass frog embryos. Before they were ready to hatch, these miniscule tadpoles broke out of their eggs to seek safety from a giant wasp attack. In the vast expanse of the African savanna, witness an incredibly rare act of kindness as one lioness helps an injured elder feed. Beneath the icy waves of Alaska’s Aleutian Islands, filmmakers documented killer whales performing a unique hunting technique that scientists didn’t know even existed … until now.
Secret Life of Predators examines an arsenal of powerful, bizarre and stealth-like skills using an array of state-of-the-art technology. Super-slow-motion cameras capture the deadly claw strike of a small but mighty peacock mantis shrimp. Specially mounted carcass cameras provide a unique view of cheetah cubs and orcas feeding. Underwater cameras film the wacky-looking hairy frogfish walking across the sea floor. Cameras equipped with night vision make it possible to witness a sea turtle laying her eggs in the sand, and then the newborn turtles making their audacious journey to the ocean just two months later.
The four-part special event Secret Life of Predators premieres tonight, Friday, September 20, and next Friday, September 27, 2013, on NGC and Nat Geo WILD