Thu 12 Jul 2018, 15:00
Shark Week dives deeper than ever before when television’s longest-running and most anticipated summer event returns for its 30th anniversary on Monday, 23 July and continues through to Sunday, 29 July only on Discovery Channel (DStv channel 121).
After three decades and hundreds of shows, Shark Week 2018 celebrates this milestone with all-new jaw-dropping shark stories that take viewers to unexplored locations and gives them extensive insight into the mysterious world of sharks.
Shark Week’s 30th anniversary brings the shark n’ awe with a packed celebrity line-up and unprecedented access to some of the most exotic places in the world. In addition to our team of renowned shark experts and scientists, all-star athletes and the Sharks from ABC’s Shark Tank are joining the fantastic celebration this year including Ronda Rousey, Aaron Rodgers, Rob Gronkowski, Lindsey Vonn, Mark Cuban, Barbara Corcoran, Kevin O’Leary, Daymond John, and Bear Grylls.
This year, Discovery Channel is working with nearly two dozen of the world’s most respected marine biologists and science institutions to bring brand-new, groundbreaking shark research technology and compelling insight on some of the most unique shark species in the world. From using improved Shark Cam technology to investigate the private lives of bull, and hammerhead sharks to searching for gigantic sharks in Cuban waters that were previously closed to outsiders, Shark Week 2018 delivers brand-new innovative shark stories that will once again take viewers to places, cameras have never been before.
Discovery Channel’s Shark Week 30th anniversary line-up includes:
Bear vs Shark (Monday, 23 July at 19:00)
Back on Discovery for the 30th anniversary of Shark Week, Bear Grylls has survived the most extreme environments, from the frozen peaks of Everest to blazing sands of the Sahara Desert, but what will happen when he goes head to head with sharks when they have the home field advantage? It will be his greatest test of wits and skill as the ultimate survivor faces off with the ocean’s apex predator:
Shark Week's 30 Best Bites (Tuesday, 24 July at 19:00)
It’s Shark Week’s 30th anniversary. Celebrate with familiar faces like Craig Ferguson, Tracy Morgan, Andy Samberg and more as we count down the 30 greatest shark week moments of all time!
Uncaged: Shark vs Ronda Rousey (Wednesday, 25 July at 19:00)
Olympian, MMA champion and current WWE Superstar Ronda Rousey is trained by shark conservationist and shark attack survivor Paul de Gelder, to face her fiercest opponent yet: the fastest, bitiest shark in the world, and the ultimate fighter of the sea, the Mako shark. First, Rousey, in a cage, dives into the ring with several lightweight shark species in the waters off Fiji and then moves onto the main event in New Zealand where she will “free dive uncaged" with the heavyweight Mako shark. Ronda is out to prove that harnessing the fighting spirit she has developed throughout her career, she and everyone watching, can confront their greatest fears and be victorious in the face of those doubts.
Shark Tank Meets Shark Week (Thursday, 26 July at 19:00)
For the very first time, Shark Week brings together two of the most dynamic franchises on television in a shark vs. shark matchup to create Shark Tank Meets Shark Week. This time, there’s a $50,000 donation on the line for a desperately needed shark-saving cause. In true Shark Tank style, Barbara Corcoran, Mark Cuban, Daymond John, and Kevin O’Leary get out of the tank and into the water. The Sharks are each paired with an oceanic organisation to uncover the issues they are facing and they will discover threats of habitat destruction, overfishing, bycatch and more. Armed with new knowledge and a life-changing experience, for the big finale our Sharks return to the Shark Tank studio and are joined by fellow Shark, Robert Herjavec to pitch to each other why their organisation deserves the big prize. Then, in the ultimate Shark showdown, each Shark will cast their vote for the organisation they think is the most deserving (they can’t vote for their own).
Shark Cam Strikes Back (Friday, 27 July at 19:00)
Shark Cam Strikes Back celebrates the remarkable discoveries the team have made in the last six years and takes a look at some of the disasters. From napping great whites to SharkCam being attacked, its highlights all the way.
Air Jaws: The Hunted (Saturday, 28 July at 19:00)
In 2017, five full grown Great White sharks washed up dead on beaches in South Africa. The necropsy revealed they were eaten alive. What is the only massive sea predator that has the ability to capture, kill and devour a group of 15-foot, 3,000-pound Great White sharks? Orcas. Leading the case is Shark Biologist Alison Towner, searching for the killers in these grisly crimes and sleuthing for the answer everyone is asking: will they attack again? On her journey, Alison locates two Orcas, named Port and Starboard, easily identifiable by their drooping dorsal fins and she determines how they could be the attackers. In one of the most gripping stories of survival, Alison teams up with conservationist Chris Fallows and filmmakers Jeff Kurr and Andy Casagrande to find out how these Great Whites are being wiped out and what can be done to save them.
Naked & Afraid of Sharks (Sunday, 29 July at 19:00)
Stranded on a barren island in the middle of the most shark-infested waters on earth, five Naked and Afraid all-stars must survive for 14 days, exclusively on what the ocean provides. Ky Furneaux, Ryan Holt, Chris Fischer, Steven Lee Hall, and Eva Rupert are separately inserted by boat on an island in the Bahamas. They may be Naked and Afraid veterans, but here they are in Shark territory. The boat lands and our Shark Expert comes ashore with the familiar looking bags and some unfamiliar items. The items will help survive and get their completion point over the next 14 days.