Naturalist, adventurer and television presenter Raymond ‘Ray’ Mears is someone who has encountered all types of species and creatures during his travels around the globe.
The 57-year-old is best known for giving expert survival advice which is handy for any keen explorers who may come across any trouble.
Ray presents many shows on this subject, such as Ray Mears’ World of Survival, Extreme Survival and Survival with Ray Mears – you get the point.
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But his current show on ITV ‘Wild China with Ray Mears’ takes a different approach as it focuses on his journey in Asia encountering some of the unique landscapes and animals.
He often talks about the magnificent creatures and their remarkable qualities but he has also seen just how dangerous they can be from first-hand experience.
Ray Mears is a survival expert
Watching a crocodile haul a 30-stone pig into the water with ease on his show ‘Wild Australia’ brought back traumatic memories for the television personality as it reminded him of how he nearly ended up as supper for one of it’s friends.
Speaking about the horrifying experience, Ray told the Sunday People: “I’d speared a stingray that day and I’d wanted to cook it inland.
“But the TV director persuaded me to do it on the beach as it made better pictures. What I didn’t know then was that crocodiles have the most amazing sense of smell as well as a penchant for cooked shark or ray meat.”
The presenter, who believes Saltwater Crocodiles are the most dangerous predator on earth, said that on that day he had seen one cruising the water’s edge throughout.
Ray said: “As I later found out, when a crocodile watches you like that, it’s thinking about eating you.”
Later that night he was woken in his tent by a crocodile four feet from his head.
He said: “I put my hand on my machete to hit it on its nose if it attacked. It would have been a waste of time. If that crocodile had wanted to eat me it would have done.”
Luckily, it was drawn to the fish remains on the campfire and ate that instead and Ray spoke about his relief after that happened.
“The food had brought it ashore but it also saved my life. I couldn’t be sure where it had gone so I didn’t dare leave my tent.
“I just lay very still indeed for the rest of the night.”
Wild China with Ray Mears continues on ITV at 7.30pm tonight (August 3).