The World's Deadliest And Most Iconic Apex Predators

First Posted: Jun 30, 2016 11:41 PM EDT

The Smithsonian Channel will feature the world's deadliest predators at its wildlife programming "WILD WEDNESDAYS" starting on July 13 at 8 P.M. The program aims to investigate these fiercest creatures with the mysteries behind their behavior.

One deadliest creature is the large and elusive predator, the great hammerhead shark. It is considered the most advanced predators of the ocean. Its favorite prey is the venomous stingrays. The hammerhead shark is armed with incredible senses that can detect, locate and devour its prey.

It will be featured in the  "Hunting Hammerhead" that will be aired on July 13 at 8 P.M. The Smithsonian Channel will head to Bimini in the Bahamas for the hammerhead shark. Dr. Craig O'Channel will talk about the mysterious creature's killer tactics. He will also deploy his revolutionary "RoboRay," which is a remote controlled stingray to capture the feeding event of the hammerhead.

Another most iconic apex predator is the Komodo dragon, which is the world's largest living lizard. It will be featured on July 20 at 8 P.M. The Komodo dragon can run as fast as 23 miles per hour when to hunt. It is armored with claws and scales and deadly venom in its bite.

The Komodo dragon or also referred to as the Komodo monitor is found in the Indonesian islands of Komodo, Padar, Rinca, Gili Motang and Rinca. It grows up to 3 meters in length (10 feet) and weighs about 70 kilograms (150 lb.).

Vipers are cold blooded killers. These include the African Gaboon viper or also known as the adder, which is armed with fangs that grow up to two inches long. These vipers are the largest and the heaviest vipers in the world. Another venomous viper is Therma, a Western Diamondback rattler, and a new-world pit viper. It is equipped with early warning system and thermal imaging abilities. There is also the Puff arder, which belongs to formidable killers who are adaptable and hardy.

A deadly creature that will also be featured on WILD WEDNESDAY on August 3 is the killer hornet swarm. They have a size of a human thumb but they have cytotoxic venom that can cause anaphylactic shock and death.

The Smithsonian Channel will also present the Lions of the Namib on August 10. The population of these desert lions is on the brink of extinction. The film is all about the old lioness, her two daughter and the five youngsters, known as the "Five Musketeers." These five young males need to overcome the oldest desert on Earth and their journey to adulthood.

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