We are going to need a bigger boat. Nat Geo WILD’s SharkFest is back with more teeth than ever!

Get out of the water and into your living rooms because Nat Geo WILD’s sixth annual SharkFest gives viewers a whole week of fin-tastic shark TV. We have got the latest insights from the top shark researchers, a comprehensive look at the many shark species in all their glory and a week of our top shark shows.

Nat Geo WILD’s supersized sixth annual SharkFest, premieres Monday 16 July 2018 on DStv Channel 182 and streaming on DStv Now

“What is better than one day of shark TV? A WEEK OF SHARKFEST,” said Geoff Daniels, executive vice president and general manager of Nat Geo WILD. “We are literally jumping the shark this year by serving a supersized feeding frenzy of jaw-some shark specials, and by taking the first bite, we’re giving Nat Geo WILD viewers a week of the shark shows they love. Why wait, when we need to inspire everyone to save our sharks now, more than ever? With so much SharkFest, we are going to need a bigger network!” 

This year’s SharkFest is the No. 1 destination for factual shark shows, with new behaviours caught on camera in premiere special 700 Sharks, expert insights on why the world’s most massive shark species congregate in one region called “shark central” off the coast of South Africa in Big Sharks Rule, a breakdown of why sharks are the apex oceanic predator in Shark v. Tuna and scientific analyses of shark attacks and why they occasionally mistake humans for prey in When Sharks Attack. 

Here's what you can expect during the sixth Annual SharkFest TV premeire:

Shark v. Tuna (Monday 16 July at 18:00)
Witness a clash of oceanic titans in the remote crystal-blue battlefields of Ascension Island. Yellowfin tuna and mako and tiger sharks are all apex predators, but to these sharks, yellowfin tuna are the ultimate prize. The tuna are often faster, fitter and bigger than the sharks, reaching well over 113 kilograms. Any shark hunting these beasts needs brute strength and a little bit of luck to capture one. But when a third player enters the game, the scales tip. Who will win?  


Big Sharks Rule (Wednesday 18 July at 18:00) 
It is an ocean of giants. South Africa has a dramatic, rocky coast that is raked by churning currents. Warm, cold, rich and murky water collide to create “shark central”, with enough food to sustain the biggest. Giant sharks like great whites, tiger sharks, bull sharks, ragged tooth sharks, and whale sharks all reign supreme in these waters. 

 

700 Sharks (Tuesday 17 July at 18:00)


Imagine diving into the ocean only to discover that you are surrounded by one of the largest shark frenzies on the planet. Well, that is exactly what these researchers did in the name of science. In Polynesia, the largest school of sharks — about 700 — patrols the waters en masse. Follow an international team of scientists as they study these magnificent creatures at night, when they are most aggressive, to discover their mysterious hunting strategies and social behaviours. The result: incredible new behaviours never seen before, or caught on camera. 

 

When Sharks Attack: Anatomy of a Shark Attack (starting Monday 16 July at 19:00)
Without a doubt, sharks are the most notorious and feared predators in the ocean. In recent years, the number of shark attacks around the world has risen, and understanding how these predators think and behave is more important than ever. Experts break down stories from shark attack survivors, and the science behind shark behaviours and attack methods, to reveal how to handle an attack.

Additionally, National Geographic Kids has released The Ultimate Book of Sharks by Brian Skerry. Dive into the wild world of sharks! Get up close to learn the truth behind these fantastic, ferocious fish with famed National Geographic photographer and explorer Brian Skerry. Join this amazing underwater adventure to track the sharks of the world, from the teeniest dogfish to the ever-feared great white. This ultimate book features every species of shark on the planet, with awesome photos, fascinating facts, the latest science and first-hand stories of real-life encounters with these incredible creatures. Learn how sharks live, how they eat, the challenges they face and whether or not you are actually on the menu!

Nat Geo WILD’s SharkFest aims to raise awareness about these incredible animals that depend on a healthy planet in order to survive. As part of its overall effort to protect Earth, National Geographic recently launched Planet or Plastic? - a multiyear initiative to reduce the amount of single-use plastic polluting our world’s oceans. Doing so not only will benefit the thousands to potentially millions of marine animals that become entangled in, are suffocated by or ingest plastic each year, but will also contribute to the overall health of the planet’s marine ecosystems and all who rely on them.