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Discovery Channel to Air 'Ocean's Deadliest' as Part of Steve Irwin Tribute

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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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I have waited since hearing of Steves death for someone to do this kind of show. I am sure it was hard for his family and friends, but many of us felt as if we kind of knew him and it also touch me and my family, almost like a brother. Thanks Discovery.
   comment# 1   - Pammie · Key Largo, FL, USA · Dec 2, 2006 @ 2:01pm

Steve Irwin was a truly exceptional man. He will never be forgotten. This event is a way to underline Steve's accomplishments and a sad moment to remember that he is gone. I am looking forward for the broadcast in Europe and I hope Discovery will continue the shows in honor of Steve Irwin. We miss him a lot!
   comment# 2   - T · Europe · Dec 9, 2006 @ 1:46pm

Since Seve's death I have felt such a loss and think of him everyday. I don't know whty this man's death has impacted me so hard, I never met him but i feel such sadness that this has happened to someone who did such important work for the animals of this world. I have commited to do as much as I can financially and through volunteering to continue Steve's work, but that will never replace him, I look forward to watching this show
   comment# 3   - maria · barto PA USA · Dec 26, 2006 @ 5:07pm

I had never thought that a animal lover like him would die like this. He is alive in my thoughts and heart. Though I never had a chance to meet him, but his death impacted me so hard that I can't control my tears whnever I see his documentry on Discovery. I have committed that before I close my eyes I would go to Australia to pay tribute to him n meet his family, else my life would be a waste. We all will miss him a lot. May he is reborn As Steve Irwin-'Crocodile Hunter'.
   comment# 4   - Neha · INDIA · Dec 26, 2006 @ 11:22pm

Yeah I miss him too... It's heartbreaking. When I heard they were showing Ocean's Deadliest, I was overjoyed.
   comment# 5   - Sponge · US · Dec 29, 2006 @ 1:01pm

Can't wait to see the documentary , but also know it is Steve's last. Greatest animal (crocodile) ambassitor of all time, period!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
   comment# 6   - NI Guy · N.Ireland · Jan 1, 2007 @ 3:24pm

I too was so saddened by Steve's death...I am just an ordinary person. I never met Steve and never have and never will make the impact and impression on this world as he did. Four months later, and I look up his name or watch some video tribute to him every single day. To see someone go so suddenly that truly made a difference in this world- and not because he had to, but because he wanted to, is so sad---gems like Steve just are not that abundant in this world- I think we all feel so sad because we could relate to him- and we could see what a true, honest, caring individual he was- he was passionate about his work and he was a devoted family man and friend- and that came across every time we watched him. I'll continue to mourn his loss--I know his family will carry on in his name; and I will do what part I can to contribute to his mission!
   comment# 7   - Jenna · USA · Jan 3, 2007 @ 6:42pm

My family had a great love for his passion and devotion to his work, how he was a caring man for animals and people he really was courageous. My son is 16 and still watches episodes daily on animal planet and he mourned greatly and as we did also. To Steves family hope all the best. My son so badly wanted to meet the Irwin family, he said that he would still love too because Steve still lives on in his wife and children. To The Irwins with Love and Care Love Katrina and Family
   comment# 8   - Katrina & family · kentucky united states · Jan 6, 2007 @ 11:13pm

Steve was one in a million and is someone that will never be forgotten he made a huge impact on us and especially wildlife he is a great example that one man can make a diffrence, u will always live on mate and u made crocodiles famous (my favourite species)live on
   comment# 9   - Greg · liverpool · Jan 13, 2007 @ 4:15pm

I hope that aninmal Planet continues to show Steve Irwin's episodes, along with newer fare, so that those who never saw his programs will have an idea of the importance of conservation....His shows are truly timeless...
   comment# 10   - Barbara Ellen Baldwin · spokane Washington State USA · Jan 19, 2007 @ 9:01am

Aaawww Crikeys Steve, ya everywhere mate & always will be n juz can't wait to seeya Monday in the box at home among the gum trees.. Aussie Aussie Aussie Oi Oi Oi.. Missin ya matey, ya the best!!!!
   comment# 11   - Kezzz · Melbourne Australia · Jan 26, 2007 @ 6:20am

I'm very pleased with Steve for playing a very significant role in raising awareness concerning wildlife. Unfortunately all good things must come to an end and solemnly it did for this colorful and charismatic character known to us as Steve Irwin. I personally wasn't quite acquainted with his episodes but somehow his premature death has drawn me and hopefully countless others into reverence for that which he had come to make his life's journey. Frankly, may his impact have a strong staying power in our minds and hearts.
   comment# 12   - Emmanuel Gbaryan-Doe · Finland · Mar 22, 2007 @ 9:06am

i hate that stingray!!!
   comment# 13   - zoe drummond · australia, sydney · Mar 11, 2008 @ 5:40pm

I am the biggest fan of steve irwin I think no can replace him in animal lovers.I want to became like him I want to be an animal expert.Steve is my inspiration source.He is the true animal conservationist.I think we should learn something from this accident.I am adding my email address if any animal lover like to share any problem of wildlife so he can contact me at
   comment# 14   - yogesh · INDIA,delhi · Apr 15, 2008 @ 9:12pm

I Love Steve
   comment# 15   - HUI · Japan , Tokyo · Aug 29, 2008 @ 4:05pm

we will always remember u and how u showed the wo0rld to be brave in ways !!! and u die filming a show for ur beloved daughter bindi sue irwin !!! :) R.I.P STEVE
   comment# 16   - samantha · nsw · Oct 27, 2008 @ 8:23pm

I've watched The Crocodile Hunter from the very beginning, my husband and I could'nt wait for the program to come on, Steve Erwin is missed in the Nichols household!! We're glad to see this program that The Discovery Channel is playing,......RIP Steve :)
   comment# 17   - Cathy Nichols · Murchison, Texas · Mar 4, 2009 @ 3:46pm

Steve Irwin was probably one of the greatest wildlife conservationists ever to have lived.I am such a big fan of him and admire his bravery, courage and utter devotion to wildlife. No one will ever replace him and i would love to accomplish half of what he has done. Steve has inspired my future career and influenced my life so much. Steve inspired me and had a unique relationship with the wildlife he worked with. I always wanted to see Steve before he died but i wasn't able to so to be able to remember what he has done for wildlife and me is all i can do. This program sounds like a good way to do that.
   comment# 18   - Jason · Scotland · Oct 21, 2009 @ 1:36pm
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