Shark Week 2016


Lucy, massive female Great White Shark.

Each year, Discovery Channel chums the waters of educational television with Shark Week—an ode to the ocean’s most awesome and efficient predator. This year’s slate of shows promises to send viewers swimming to shore.

Tiger Beach

Sunday, June 26, at 8 p.m.

Dr. Neil Hammerschlag tracks 40 tiger sharks across a shallow area off the Bahamas called Tiger Beach to find out more about their reproductive habits. Second only to great whites, the tiger shark’s killing power and voracious appetite is legendary—and Hammerschlag has to deal with some aggressive sharks while on expedition.

The Return of Monster Mako

Sunday, June 26, at 9 p.m.

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 1,000-pound mako shark—what fishermen call a “grander.” When Granders reach 10 feet and 1,000 pounds, they become more secretive and begin to hunt bigger prey, like seals.

A great white shark.

Isle of Jaws

Sunday, June 26, at 10 p.m.

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. 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.

Shallow Water Invasion

Monday, June 27, at 8 p.m.

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 is normal behavior, which would account for some of the shark encounters happening with greater frequency in the shallows along coastlines.

Jaws of the Deep

Monday, June 27, at 9 p.m.

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 2,000. 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 films a great white’s attack on the sub.

Sharks Among Us

Monday, June 27, at 10 p.m.

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.

A great white shark on Guadalupe Island.

Wrath of a Great White Serial Killer

Tuesday, June 28, at 9 p.m.

A newcomer has taken residence in the waters of the Pacific Northwest—the great white shark. Shark experts Ralph Collier and Brandon McMillian seek answers to the main questions in this case, namely: why are great white sharks traveling so far north and why are these encounters focused on this one particular place?

Air Jaws: Night Stalker

Tuesday, June 28, at 10 p.m.

Famed shark photographer Chris Fallows embarks on his eighth 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.

Deadliest Shark

Wednesday, June 29, at 9 p.m.

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 deserves 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.

Sharks vs. Dolphins: Face Off

Wednesday, June 29, at 10 p.m.

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 more than we ever knew.

Nuclear Sharks

Thursday, June 30, at 9 p.m.

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. Today, nature has proved resilient and restored the marine ecosystem, re-populating the atoll with reef sharks.

Discovery ChannelJungle Shark

Thursday, June 30, at 10 p.m.

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 enormous American crocodiles living there. O’Connell deduces the sharks smell the crocs and creates a first-of-its-kind croc scent-based, bull shark repellent—and Shark Week reveals a possible important discovery that could save human lives.

Shark Bait

Friday, July 1, at 9 p.m.

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. 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?


Friday, July 1, at 10 p.m.

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.


Saturday, July 2, at 9 p.m.

Discovery scours the seas to bring viewers the greatest moments from Shark Week 2016. Only the closest calls, biggest bites and greatest gadgets made the cut. Then, the program reveals viewers’ top picks for the best of Shark Week history.

The Killing Games

Sunday, July 3, at 9 p.m.

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.

—Source: Discovery Channel

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