Shark Week begins with more 'Air Jaws,' 'Impossible Shot'
Tonight marks the start of Shark Week’s 25th Anniversary, and Discovery wastes no time giving viewers what they want — the breaching great whites off South Africa’s Seal Island. The behavior was first shot in 2001, but Shark Week 2012 seeks two new angles: In Air Jaws Apocalypse (9 p.m. ET), filmmaker Jeff Kurr lies on a “seal sled” that tows a decoy seal 15 feet behind him in order to film an attack by 14-foot great white/badass Colossus at surface level. (You might recall in Ultimate Air Jaws, shark expect/photographer Chris Fallows used the sled, but he only shot with a still camera.) In Shark Week’s Impossible Shot, which follows at 10 p.m. ET, a team of cameramen attempt to somehow film the first-ever bird’s-eye view of a great white’s Polaris breach. If they succeed, we’ll be looking down at the shark’s jaws as it launches itself out of the water. Watch an exclusive clip below. Good luck, guys…
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