Tough guy ‘Bear’ Grylls is currently filming an episode of Man Vs Wild on Murray Island, the most eastern of the Torres Strait islands. The episode is one of two filmed in Australia.
A second location has not been revealed.
Grylls will be swimming through crocodile-infested waters and stranding himself on a remote island as he tries to survive in the Torres Strait.
Horn Island tour guide Liberty Seekee told Cairns Post, “He’s going to jump out of a helicopter, swim for a couple of miles and climb a rockface on the side of a hill — that sort of stuff.
“He’s going to be out at Murray Island, and he’s got a dozen crew with him.
“They follow him around and leave him there overnight.”
But veteran survivalist Les “Bush Tucker Man” Hiddins has questioned so-called tough environmental conditions Grylls will be facing, saying food and water is easy to find there.
“The Torres Strait islands have a whole range of vegetation,” he said.
“You’ve got all the protein in the world that you could want with all the fish and crayfish and the oysters and mudcrabs and all the rest of it.
“It should be a walk in the park but he’ll dramatise it, I’ll imagine.”
Seeke agreed with the plentiful vegetation saying, “There’s about 600 coconuts out there, so you wouldn’t have to dig for water, you’d only need to drink coconut water.”
Bear Grylls has become one of SBS’ most popular weekly shows since being screened on Monday nights.
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