SILVER SPRING, Maryland -- Early this fall, the international community mourned the premature loss of animal expert and conservationist Steve Irwin, "The Crocodile Hunter." The world was stunned and the outpouring of condolences was immeasurable. Irwin touched so many lives -- adults and children alike -- and his impact on conservation efforts worldwide will last for years to come.
On Sunday, January 21, 2007 from 8-10 PM, fans can both reflect on Irwin's legacy with the STEVE IRWIN TRIBUTE and marvel at the premiere of his last television project, OCEAN'S DEADLIEST. The two-hour television event will be broadcast simultaneously on The Discovery Channel and Animal Planet.
"Steve has been such an icon for our entire family of networks, including Animal Planet and the Discovery Channel," noted Billy Campbell, president, Discovery Networks, U.S. "This exclusive evening of programming on both networks will honor both his past accomplishments and his continued dream of showcasing the wildlife kingdom in order to preserve it."
Beginning the evening of programming at 8 PM (ET/PT) is Steve Irwin's last documentary, OCEAN'S DEADLIEST. Lurking only a few feet below the surface of eastern Australia's crystalline ocean are some of the most dangerous animals on the planet. For thousands of years, venomous snakes, salt-water crocodiles and immense sharks have patrolled these waters. Now, in the hope of studying nature's most dangerous creations, two adventurers of legendary reputation and pedigree embark on an epic mission that requires leadership of an experienced, knowledgeable and fearless crew.
Irwin is joined by oceanographer and adventurer Philippe Cousteau, grandson of the famous oceanographer Jacques Cousteau, in OCEAN'S DEADLIEST as they explore the waters between Australia's Gold Coast and the Great Barrier Reef. Throughout this expedition, Philippe and Steve come face to face with venomous fish, huge great white sharks and amazing saltwater crocodiles as they search for the region's most dangerous animal. Along the way, they will meet the scientific experts who work with these creatures on a regular basis, learning the reason why they have evolved with such dangerous defenses and also learning that in truth, they fill a role in the overall ecosystem that is vital and cannot be overlooked. Their adventure features amazing and breathtaking moments, including subduing a giant croc in order to attach a satellite tracking device; observing the feeding behavior of the great white shark while safely tucked away inside a dive cage; and working with the Australian experts who capture deadly sea snakes in order to supply anti-venom to the rest of the world. Cousteau, who was aboard Croc One with Irwin during the expedition when he was struck and killed by a stingray, narrates the 90- minute documentary.
At 9:30 PM (ET/PT) is the STEVE IRWIN TRIBUTE, an intimate look at the life of Steve Irwin -- husband, father, friend, icon, and conservationist -- through the eyes of those who knew him best. Terri Irwin, family and friends share personal stories about the incredible man the world came to know and love as the Croc Hunter. Through exhilarating adventure moments and never- before-seen footage, the STEVE IRWIN TRIBUTE recognizes, celebrates and honors Steve's passion and enthusiasm for spreading wildlife conservation. His untimely and tragic passing away put our world in a state of shock and mourning. His imprint and legacy will live on through his non-profit organization Wildlife Warriors, dedicated to continuous efforts to embrace and spread animal conservation.
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