It’s time to get in the water again. But it’s definitely not safe.
EW has unloosed from the jaws of Discovery the schedule for the next edition of Shark Week, and that eight-day marathon of sharks, sharks, and more sharks will offer up a shiver of 18 programs after it breaches on July 23.
Record-munching Olympian Michael Phelps will anchor two specials, one in which he tries to take a shark to school by racing it, and another in which he goes to school, or rather, the Bimini Shark Lab, where he’ll learn all about the fearsome predator. There’s also a program that examines a showdown between sharks and crocodiles in Australia, and another Down Under-set one that will make a visit to the Isle of Jaws to study the Great White. There’s an edition of Alien Sharks that examines something chillingly called the goblin shark — and whose title makes a pun off Stranger Things. (Alien Sharks: Stranger Fins. It was there for the taking, and they took it).
Eli Roth will return to host five installments of wrap-up-and-preview show Shark After Dark. Oh, and if you thought this year’s installment of Shark Week surely would have no connection to Sex and the City, you have gambled unwisely. There are two specials titled Sharks and the City: L.A., and Sharks and the City: New York, with the latter being narrated by Chris “Mr. Big” Noth.
To help you fish through this gam of programming — which is returning for its 29th edition — check out the schedule below and then plan your deep dive of danger accordingly.
SUNDAY, JULY 23
Great White Shark Serial Killer Lives (7 p.m. ET/PT)
Official logline: “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.”
Phelps Vs Shark: Great Gold Vs Great White (8 p.m. ET/PT)
“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 (9:10 p.m. ET/PT)
“Dr. Mark Meekan and conservationist Paul de Gelder go on an expedition to one 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 crocs fight over sea turtles out there. What happens when 14-foot crocodiles move into shark infested waters? That’s what they’re going to find out!”
The Great Hammerhead Invasion (10:10 p.m. ET/PT) [Originally scheduled to air on Wednesday]
“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 appear to be pregnant females, as an ultrasound of a female hammerhead shows. Guttridge believes they over-winter in Bimini to feed the growing young in their bellies – and then move on to the Florida coast to prey on migrating blacktips – and the evidence is unmistakable.”
Shark After Dark (11:10 p.m. ET/PT)
“Shark After Dark will look back at some of the highlights from Shark Week and look ahead to give viewers a sneak peek at the next day’s Shark Week programs. Eli Roth returns as host for the third year in a row.”
MONDAY, JULY 24
Shark Vortex (8 p.m. ET/PT)
“Each summer the Gulf Stream pushes north into the waters of southern New England, bringing with it thirty species of shark. Greg Skomal and Joe Romeiro study the annual spectacle, focusing on three sharks – makos, great whites, and porbeagles – that can out-swim, out-think, and out-compete all the others.”
Return to the Isle of Jaws (9 p.m. ET/PT)
“Divers and scientists Return to the Isle of Jaws to unlock the mysteries of this new great white hot spot, just south of Western Australia. They make a startling discovery that causes a re-think of everything we thought we knew about great whites.”
Alien Sharks: Stranger Fins (10 p.m. ET/PT)
“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 After Dark (11 p.m. ET/PT)
TUESDAY, JULY 25
Sharks and the City: L.A. (9 p.m. ET/PT)
“Along the coastline of LA, great white sharks are increasing and they seem to be hunting out of season. Dr. Chris Lowe, Director of the CSULB Shark Lab, wants to know why. His investigation takes him to Guadalupe Island, off Mexico, where he finds the answer.”
Sharks and the City: New York (10 p.m. ET/PT)
“For decades, great white shark numbers were in decline in the waters around New York. But now, seals are back in New York Harbor – can the great whites be far behind? Marine biologist Craig O’Connell tries to find out how close they really are, and shows what a future with great whites in New York will look like.”
Shark After Dark (11 p.m. ET/PT)
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