The food chain is a weird, wonderful and extremely complex thing. At the bottom, creatures that represent the very building blocks of life on our planet and at the top, the pinnacle of evolution which has created the ultimate survivors. These Apex Predators are the best of the lot.
But what is an apex predator? Put simply, it's an animal that has no natural predators of its own and nothing kills it for food. They are the emperors of their ecosystem.
It's debateable if we even deserve a place on this list. As humans, we've mastered the world with our brain power but that doesn't mean we're immune to falling foul of many species' hungry mouths. In addition, we fall way short of the physical abilities of most of these guys so humans have been left off this list. Here you'll find some apex predators from many different environments giving just a flavour of the ferocity of the natural world.
Komodo dragon – Komodo Island, Indonesia
I'm starting off with a slightly cheeky selection; this is because the Komodo dragon is unique to one island in the Pacific and so it has never come into contact with any other big predators other than us. Still, it's awesome and still an apex predator so here it goes. These are the largest species of lizard on earth and others are not really close. Some other species aren't far off in length, but in bulk the Komodo is head and shoulders bigger. Their hunting methods vary from using sheer weight, power and claws to tear prey limb from limb, to taking one small bite of a victim and letting the toxic bacteria in their mouth infect the wound which then slowly kills the animal over days or weeks. How brutal is that? They can also run at 20mph and are quite hostile towards humans. And they swim. And they have basically got armour plated skin. And they have six inch claws. And they grow to three metres long. The only things they don't seem to do are flying or breathe fire, so that's something. If you want to visit Indonesia, maybe take in the Island of Komodo, have a glance through Frontier's Indoensia Projects.