Creepy crawlies excite Steve
ADVENTURER and television presenter Steve Backshall can’t get enough of Australia … but not for the reasons most tourists arrive on our shores.
Indeed, the things this limitlessly enthusiastic 42- year- old loves most about our wide brown land are what other visitors go to great lengths to avoid.
“It’s a fabulous, fabulous country,” he said from his home in the UK.
“You have the most venomous creature in the world, you’ve got the largest reptile, the animal with the largest bite- force, the most venomous land snake, spider and octopus.”
It is “attractions” like these that get this man excited, his heart smiling and his tempo increasing as he documents the world’s most deadly animals for the BBC.
His Deadly 60 series, which forms part of The Sunday Mail and Townsville Bulletin’s Best of BBC Earth collection, sees Backshall explore some of nature’s most fearsome predators, and others less terrifying but equally adept at dominating their surrounds.
With a tertiary education covering theatre studies, English and biology and a background in travel writing, adventure documentaries were a natural progression for Backshall.
“I came up with an idea for a television program, got myself a video camera and went out to Colombia and filmed myself walking through the rainforest catching snakes and spiders and scorpions,” he said. STAR