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Shark week is coming

Discovery is back at it again with the shark attack of the screen: Shark Week. On 24 July, expect to hear some Jaws music and learn some great sharkie facts.

Here's a taster, uhm, teaser for you:

 

2017 marks the first time in history that Shark Week will premiere around the world in the same week.

Shark Week, television’s longest-running and eagerly awaited winter TV event returns to Discovery Channel (DStv 121) on Monday, 24 July at 22:00 and continues through Sunday, 30 July. Celebrating its 29th anniversary, Shark Week delivers all-new ground-breaking shark stories incorporating innovative research technology to reveal compelling insight on some of the most unique shark species in the world.

This year, the most decorated Olympian of all time, Michael Phelps, will intrigue viewers with one of the most challenging races of his career, in addition to getting schooled on everything ‘shark’ at the Bimini Shark Lab. This is also the first year in the franchise’s history that Shark Week will sync up around the world, airing during the same week on Discovery Channel (DStv 121) in more than 220 countries and territories.

 

Check out Shark Week’s 2017’s ‘fintastic’ programming schedule here:

Phelps vs Shark: Great Gold vs Great White – Airing Monday, 24 July at 22:00

They are one of the fastest and most efficient predators on the planet: Sharks. He is our greatest champion to ever get in the water: Michael Phelps. 39 world records. 23 Olympic golds. But he has one competition left to win. An event so monumental no one has ever attempted it before. The world’s most decorated athlete takes on the ocean’s most efficient predator: Phelps vs Shark – the race is on!

 

Shark-Croc Showdown – Airing Tuesday, 25 July at 22:00

Dr Mark Meekan and conservationist Paul de Gelder go on an expedition to one of the sharkiest places in the world – a remote wilderness called the Cobourg Peninsula in the Northern Territory of Australia. Meekan is there to count sharks and species as part of Vulcan’s Global FinPrint project – Paul de Gelder’s going because he heard that sharks and crocodiles fight over sea turtles out there. What happens when 14-foot crocs move into shark infested waters? That’s what they’re going to find out!

 

African Shark Safari – Airing Wednesday, 26 July at 22:00

Madagascar is not known as a location for great white sharks. According to the shark sanctuary here, both great whites and tigers are ‘extinct’ in Madagascan waters. So why has a great white shark, tagged in South Africa, travelled 1500 miles up the African coast to Madagascar? Craig O’Connell and the team make the long journey to the remote island to investigate and see if Madagascar is the next big great white shark hotspot.

 

Great Hammerhead Invasion – Airing Thursday, 27 July at 22:00

Early November, giant hammerheads arrive off Bimini, in the Bahamas. But why? Leading shark scientist Tristan Guttridge tags and follows these normally solitary sharks to find out. Many of the sharks appear to be pregnant females, as an ultrasound of a female hammerhead shows. Guttridge believes they spend winter in Bimini to feed their growing young– and then move on to the Florida coast to prey on migrating blacktips – the evidence is certainly unmistakable.

 

Great White Shark Serial Killer Lives – Airing Friday, 28 July at 22:00

Every two years in October – in 2008, 2010, 2012 and 2014 – a secluded beach on the central California coast has been the scene of great white shark attacks. Is it the same shark returning again and again? And will the attacks continue in October 2016? Dr. Michael Domeier believes the Surf Beach attacks may be more than a tragic coincidence. With the help of shark experts Ralph Collier and Cal Lutheran, and using satellite tags and DNA technology, he wants to out the killer once and for all.

 

Alien Sharks: Stranger Fins – Airing Saturday, 29 July at 22:00

Alien Sharks is back in search of some of the world’s strangest sharks. Dr Craig O’Connell goes to the Bass Strait for sawsharks, while Victoria Elena Vasquez and Dr David Ebert go into deep water in Tokyo Bay to find the star of the show, the goblin shark. They find both sawsharks and goblins – and many more, including ghost sharks, frilled sharks, and the amazing luminescent lantern shark.

 

Shark School With Michael Phelps – Airing Sunday, 30 July at 22:00

Michael Phelps joins Doc Gruber and Tristan Guttridge of the Bimini Shark Lab to get a crash course on everything ‘shark’ related. Together, they will dispel the myths and common misconceptions, while Michael gets schooled on how to safely dive with sharks – including how to stay calm when a hammerhead swims two feet above his face. Don’t miss as Michael Phelps gets up close and personal with the incredible power of a great white.

 

DStv subscribers can also look forward to additional exclusive Shark Week content on DStv Catch Up, giving fans the chance to watch the best of Discovery’s shark programme any time. Shark Week premieres exclusively available on DStv Catch Up include, Sharks and the City: Los AngelesReturn to the Isle of JawsLair of the Sawfish and Shark Swarm.

In addition to all the fascinating programming Shark Week has to offer, Discovery Channel will leave no shark fan behind, bringing the Shark Week experience to viewers in new and innovative ways through digital and social media platforms.

Leading up to and during Shark Week, Discovery Channel will cover the latest shark news, scientific findings, and everything you ever wanted to know about sharks. Fans who follow Shark Week on Facebook and Twitter will receive daily video updates all winter long featuring incredible shark facts and the planet’s most jaw-dropping shark footage.

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