DAILY PLANET Anchors SHARK WEEK with Six Gripping Nights of Underwater Encounters, July 5-10 on Discovery

— June 16, 2015

– Canada’s favourite science program champions Discovery’s 20th annual SHARK WEEK television event with six captivating hours about the ocean’s most jawsome predators –
– “Like a Shark” series illustrates how humans might eat, parent, and even date like these fascinating creatures –


DAILY PLANET co-hosts Ziya Tong and Dan Riskin take a bite out of SHARK WEEK on Discovery

To tweet this release: http://bmpr.ca/1N0adDO TORONTO (June 16, 2015) – It’s the most anticipated, must-see event of the summer, and DAILY PLANET reprises its role as anchor for Discovery’s 20th annual SHARK WEEK television event. Airing daily at 7 p.m. ET from Sunday, July 5 through Friday, July 10 on Discovery, DAILY PLANET delivers six jaw-dropping hours of original SHARK WEEK programming, exclusive to Canadian audiences. Co-hosts Ziya Tong and Dan Riskin explore new discoveries using advanced technology, taking viewers to the depths for premium access to the ocean’s greatest predators. From never-before-seen footage to a dive Down Under for a look at possibly the rarest shark in the world, and an introduction to 20-year-old conservationist “Shark Girl” Madison Stewart, DAILY PLANET provides Canadians with more spectacular SHARK WEEK features than ever before. **Media Note** Photography for DAILY PLANET available online at BellMediaPR.ca. The following are highlights from DAILY PLANET’s SHARK WEEK episodes: Counting Jaws For the first time ever, a TV crew has filmed a great white shark attacking and eating a sea lion in the Cape Cod area. Scenes like this are expected to become commonplace, as biologist Greg Skomal explains to DAILY PLANET that both sea lion and great white populations are on the rise. Shark Girl Australia’s Madison Stewart, nicknamed "Shark Girl", started swimming with sharks at the age of 12. Now 20, she devotes her life to saving sharks by raising awareness about their importance to the ocean's ecosystem and stopping the fishing and illegal finning that endangers them. Stewart takes DAILY PLANET on her journey to give an idea of what the planet would be like without the ocean's apex predators. Shark XROMM Brown University researchers are placing a live shark into an XROMM, a unique 3D imaging technology to create a moving X-ray of a feeding shark,providing a never-before-seen look at the internal mechanics of nature’s deadliest bite. Megamouth Find It’s quite possibly the rarest shark in the world. Discovered in 1976, there have only been 60 sightings of this deep water plankton-eating species found in the Pacific, Atlantic, and Indian Oceans. Why so few and what is known about them? DAILY PLANET travels to Burias Island in the Philippines, where one of these rare ”megamouths” died while struggling in a fishing net. DAILY PLANET chronicles a critical necropsy of the four-metre giant to learn more about this elusive mystery shark. Slow-Mo Mako Can the world’s fastest shark be slowed down? Underwater cameraman Joe Romeiro takes his slow-motion camera underwater to capture some of the most stunning footage ever seen of the mako shark – believed able to reach speeds of up to 100 km/h. In waters teeming with blue sharks and even great whites, Romeiro must brave the Atlantic Ocean to find this speedy predator. Like a Shark Series When humans flirt, they dish out compliments or use specific body language. But how do female sharks know when a male shark is interested? DAILY PLANET breaks down how sharks date, breathe, parent, poop, and more - translating how sharks live in human terms. “Like a Shark” explores how a human would survive if instead of going out for dinner, love interests took a bite out of each other. Or, how instead of doting on human newborns, a parent had to produce special hormones just fight the urge to eat them!


An international success story, DAILY PLANET is produced by Exploration Production Inc. (EPI), a production house wholly owned by Discovery Canada. The series’ Executive Producer is Kelly McKeown; Senior Producers are Cindy Bahadur and Steven Hunt; Supervising Producer is Agatha Rachpaul; and Director is John Morrison.

About Discovery:
The world is just awesome! With compelling real-life programming that inspires and entertains, Discovery reveals the world in all its wonder, diversity and amazement. As Canada’s #1 entertainment specialty channel, Discovery offers a signature mix of adrenaline-charged stories, larger-than-life personalities and vivid imagery for viewers with curious minds. With the best non-fiction programming from Canada and around the world, Discovery captures the excitement of a passion for life – one lived fully and at its most extreme. With exceptional and immersive storytelling, the channel offers in-depth, behind-the-scenes glimpses at the extraordinary people and places that shape our world. Launched in Canada in 1995, Discovery is now available in more than eight million Canadian homes. Discovery is offered in standard definition (SD) and high definition (HD) simulcast – for viewers who want an even bigger and bolder experience. Discovery Canada is a joint venture between Bell Media, which is owned by BCE Inc. (TSX, NYSE: BCE), Canada’s largest communications company, and Discovery Communications Inc. Find more information and interactive online features at Discovery.ca.


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