Shark Week: Discovery Channel announces full programming lineup
Shark Week is back to take another seven-day bite out of your summer, as the Discovery Channel has announced the full block of fin-tastic programming set to air between June 26 and July 3.
Returning for another five-night stint on Shark After Dark is film director, actor, and producer Eli Roth (Inglourious Basterds, The Green Inferno, Hostel), who previously hosted the talk show last year. The 2016 edition will feature celebrity, fan, and shark expert guests who will join Roth as he previews upcoming Shark Week programs and reviews those that aired earlier that day. Roth will also host the one-hour countdown special Sharktactular, which will lead into the full week of shark-based shows.
As previously announced, Game of Thrones actress Lena Headey lends her voice to the documentary Air Jaws: Night Stalker, which features photographer Chris Fallows and shark expert Jeff Kurr as they examine the great white shark’s ability to hunt in total darkness. Watch a clip from Air Jaws: Night Stalker in the video above.
Isle of Jaws sees cinematographer Andy Casagrande tracking the disappearance of great white sharks from the Neptune Islands off the coast of South Australia, stumbling upon a large, all-male congregation near an uncharted island as he discovers more information about the creatures’ mysterious mating habits. Nuclear Sharks follows Philippe Cousteau, grandson of Jacques Cousteau, and his wife, Ashlan Gorse Cousteau, as they travel with marine biologist Luke Tipple to Bikini Atoll to observe an underwater environment that was severely damaged as a result of nuclear testing during the Cold War.
Other notable programs airing during Shark Week include Shark Bait, which looks at the territorial struggle between seals and great white sharks in Cape Cod, and Sharks vs. Dolphins: Face Off, a documentary shedding light on the time-tested, ever-hostile relationship between sharks and dolphins.
Shark Week 2016 kicks off Sunday, June 26 at 8:00 p.m. ET on the Discovery Channel. Below are the official descriptions, according to a network press release, for all upcoming Shark Week programs:
Air Jaws: Night Stalker
Famed shark photographer Chris Fallows embarks on his 8th Air Jaws adventure with shark expert Jeff Kurr and shark biologist Neil Hammerschlag as they discover how great white sharks hunt in total darkness. Narrated by Lena Headey (Game of Thrones), it turns out that great whites can hunt effectively with or without any sun or moonlight – but how do they do that?
Using cutting-edge research and thrilling historical evidence, Dr. Michael Domeier and Dr. Barry Bruce go looking for rare oceanic white tip sharks, to see if the species deserve the reputation as the “World’s Deadliest Shark.” History says they are – and when the scientists dive in the Bahamas and off Hawaii, they’re spooked by this very dangerous shark.
Isle of Jaws
In 2016, award-winning shark cinematographer Andy Casagrande discovered that great white sharks had strangely and completely disappeared from the Neptune Islands off South Australia. Where did the sharks go? Searching west along the known great white migration route, he stumbles upon an incredible discovery – a concentration of all male great white sharks off an uncharted island. Andy calls in marine biologist Dr. Jonathan Werry, and together they get up close and personal with a dozen large great whites in the hopes of solving two of the most closely guarded of all the great white’s secrets… where they mate and where they have their young. Within this program, viewers will be able to immerse themselves into the adventure with virtual reality by using the DiscoveryVR app.
Jaws of the Deep
Marine biologist Greg Skomal and the REMUS SharkCam team return to Guadalupe to find the world’s largest great white shark, Deep Blue. This time, they deploy two robot subs: one that dives to 300 feet, and another that goes to 2000. Together, they build a profile of how the great white uses the entire water column. The team uncovers hunting techniques and strategies great whites use to ambush their prey – and film a great white’s attack on the sub!
Marine biologist Dr. Craig O’Connell and Andy Casagrande travel up the Serena River in the rainforests of Costa Rica to try and find out why young bull sharks swim up the river, and how they avoid the 12-14’ American crocodiles living there. O’Connell deduces the sharks smell the crocs and creates a first-of-its-kind croc scent-based bull shark repellant – and SHARK WEEK reveals a possible important discovery that could save human lives.
Grandson to legendary underwater explorer and filmmaker Jacques Cousteau, Philippe Cousteau, and his wife Ashlan Gorse Cousteau travel with marine biologist Luke Tipple to Bikini Atoll to explore a marine environment once destroyed by nuclear testing during the Cold War. The nuclear devices detonated across the atoll vaporized two islands and destroyed everything living. Today, nature has proved resilient and restored the marine ecosystem, re-populating the atoll with reef sharks. But since reef sharks are considered non-migratory, where did they come from? Tagging shows they do, indeed migrate atoll-to-atoll – and also uncovers an illegal fishing fleet taking sharks from inside one of the largest shark sanctuaries in the Pacific.
Shallow Water Invasion
Using a self-propelled shark cage called “The Explorer”, marine biologists Mauricio Hoyos and Grant Johnson will investigate a recent discovery at Guadalupe Island – great whites moving into shallow waters at night. This movement shows that sharks entering shallow water are normal behavior – which would account for some of the shark encounters happening with greater frequency in the shallows along coastlines.
There’s been a war going on between seal and great whites for millions of years. Now there’s a new battleground on the map called Cape Cod. It’s different in every way from the usual rocky islands where sharks and seals usually face off in other parts of the world. The great whites have had to learn new ways to hunt seals here. Dr. Greg Skomal and his team wonder, what are the sharks doing here, how do they get here, and how do more sharks learn of Cape Cod’s bounty of seals? And more importantly: if the number of seals and sharks continue to increase at the present rate, what’s the future?
Sharks Among Us
Shark encounters are increasing around the globe. The solutions to deal with the public’s growing anxiety range from culling to using nets and drumlins – all of which kill sharks. Dr. Craig O’Connell believes he has developed a system that will prove once and for all that sharks and people can peacefully coexist – and live!
Sharks vs. Dolphins: Face Off
Sharks and dolphins have shared the ocean for ages, but only recently, scientists have begun to understand the true nature of the relationship between these two masters of the sea. It’s hostile, and dangerous, mainly for dolphins. Dolphins would rather eat fish and swim with humans; sharks would rather eat dolphins and anything they can sink their teeth into. Dr. Mike Heithaus and his team bring new research that may solve why sharks attack dolphins far more than we ever knew.
We scour the seas to bring you the greatest moments from SHARK WEEK 2016! Only the closest calls, biggest bites, and greatest gadgets made the cut! Then, we’re revealing your top picks for the best of SHARK WEEK history.
This year, Eli Roth will also return as host of hour-long special, SHARK WEEK Sharktactular. In this official countdown to SHARK WEEK, Roth will introduce viewers to the greatest sharks in SHARK WEEK history, fan-submitted viral videos and exclusive sneak peeks of the most jaw-dropping moments that will be featured on this year’s SHARK WEEK.
Famed marine biologist and shark expert Barbara Block has been studying the white sharks off of California for more than 27 years. Now, with breakthrough camera technology and tracking technology, she’s giving scientists and viewers a portrait of a formerly unseen domain. She calls it the Blue Serengeti – it’s a vast, rich, and hidden world, now more visible thanks to new camera tags deployed on both predator and prey.
The Killing Games
Dr. Jonathan Werry and shark cinematographer Andy Casagrande travel to a special location in South Australia to research a new great white hunting strategy, where they no longer wait for seals to enter the ocean – they come out of the water and snatch them from the shore! But is this unique to Australia? It isn’t; sharks are smarter than we thought and can learn new things when there’s food involved.
The Return of Monster Mako
Professional shark tagger Keith Poe, and marine biologists Greg Stuntz, Matt Ajemain and their team use state-of-the-art technology to try to document a live-predation of a thousand-pound mako shark — what fishermen call a “grander.” Granders are enormous makos that make a kind of transformation when they reach 10 feet and 1000 pounds – they become more secretive and begin to hunt bigger prey, like seals. And they’re hard to find on the East Coast – until Joe Romeiro and team jump in the water after dark and come face to face with them.
Dr. Neil Hammerschlag is the world’s leading tiger shark expert. Now, he’s on a quest to answer what he calls the trifecta of tiger shark science: where do these giant sharks mate, where do the pregnant females gestate, and where do they give birth? He hopes to find answers by tagging and tracking 40 individuals across a shallow area off the Bahamas called Tiger Beach. Second only to great whites, the tiger shark’s killing power and voracious appetite is legendary – and Neil has to deal with some aggressive sharks while on expedition.
Wrath of a Great White Serial Killer
A newcomer has taken residence in the waters of the Pacific Northwest… the great white shark. Shark expert Ralph Collier and Brandon McMillian seek answers to the main questions in this case – why are great white sharks traveling so far north and why are these encounters focused on this one particular place?