Shark Week, King of Summer Since ’87, is Back!

August 4, 2014

It’s become an annual summertime tradition… school lets out, the grill gets fired up, and the family comes together to watch Discovery’s awesome TV event, Shark Week! This year features 13 Shark Week shows, along with a live talk show every night. It all kicks off on Sunday, August 10, and here’s a listing of the amazing shark-themed programs that you’ll get this year.

Shark Week’s late-night live talk show, Shark After Dark, will return. Host Josh Wolf will lead viewers through an hour-long celebration of all things shark-related, including celebrity guests and shark experts. The talk show will give viewers the opportunity to interact live on-air every night with tweets, questions to celebrity guests, and more.

Air Jaws programming has pushed and expanded our understanding of great white sharks and has become one of the iconic Shark Week programs. In Air Jaws: Fins of Fury, natural history producer Jeff Kurr and his team return using incredible new cameras and high-tech underwater gadgetry to track down the missing mega-shark named Colossus.

Shark of Darkness: Wrath of Submarine explores the legend of Submarine, an enormous great white shark off the coast of South Africa. This 30-foot-long fish is said to be the largest great white shark of all time. Locals believe that it’s responsible for countless fatal attacks, but its existence has never been proven. This documentary explores the evidence and asks the question: can Submarine really exist?

In Jaws Strikes Back, marine biologist Greg Skomal and the SharkCam team travel to the remote Pacific island of Guadalupe, home to some of the largest great white sharks on earth, to witness an epic clash of the titans. Their mission: to film Jaws hunting two-ton mega seals.

Monster Hammerhead explores a legendary hammerhead shark that has been patrolling Florida’s shores for the past 60 years. Now, a team of scientists and anglers look to explore the mystery and find out if the legend could be real.

Hawaii is thought of as an idyllic vacation destination, but recent spikes in shark attacks are turning these shores into a shark hot spot. Hawaiian native and surf legend Kala Alexander knows these waters better than anyone, and he hopes to uncover the reason behind this sudden shark invasion in Sharkageddon.

Lair of the Mega Shark follows famed shark experts Jeff Kurr and Andy Casagrande as they head to New Zealand on a life-or-death mission to investigate sightings of a 20-foot great white. This particular fish resembles the legend of a giant great white shark the Maori people call the “lord of the sharks.” Jeff and Andy will risk everything to track down this mega shark believed to be lurking in the shadows of the New Zealand coastline.

Zombie Sharks explores tonic immobility, a catatonic zombie-like state that can be achieved in sharks. This shark phenomenon has been studied by scientists for years, but a recent spike in orca whale attacks on great white sharks suggests that orcas have now learned how to immobilize and prey on great whites. Professional diver Eli Martinez looks to prove this theory by being the first person to induce underwater tonic immobility in a massive great white shark.

In Alien Sharks: Return to the Abyss, shark researcher Paul Clerkin investigates the Indian Ocean’s darkest depths to get a glimpse of the world’s last known group of bioluminescent sharks.

Dr. Michael Domeier has spent years scouring the Pacific Ocean hoping to solve one of the greatest mysteries of shark science: the location of great white pupping grounds. In 2013, he set the process in motion by successfully tagging a pregnant female shark. Now he’s returning to the sea in Spawn of Jaws 2: The Birth to follow her journey and be the first to capture on film the birth of a baby great white shark.

Great White Matrix features legendary shark attack survivor Paul de Gelder and cameraman Andy Casagrande on an expedition into the deadly shark-infested waters of Australia. Their mission is to investigate a bizarre series of shark attacks in an area swarming with great white sharks. Paul and Andy explore what’s bringing these great whites so close to shore and what’s responsible for the surge in attacks in this area.

I Escaped Jaws 2 is a shark special featuring attack stories told from the perspective of the survivors. Using first person interviews and actual footage of the attacks, we take a look at why the attacks occurred and how the victims narrowly escaped with their lives.

In April 2013, a fishing vessel off the coast of South Africa was attacked, killing all on board. A TV crew documented marine biologist Collin Drake as he worked to determine the predator responsible. Megalodon: The New Evidence presents Shark Week viewers with shocking new evidence and interview footage.

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