DAILY PLANET’S SHARK WEEK 2017 Highlights

— June 30, 2017

Monday, July 24 to Friday, July 28 at 7 p.m. ET/4 p.m. PT on Discovery

“Shark Cameraman Great White” When it comes to filming sharks, no one does it better than Andy Brandy Casagrande. DAILY PLANET follows the renowned shark cameraman on a shark tagging mission in South Africa. Casagrande, an award-winning wildlife cinematographer and producer, is part of a science team that deploys a camera tag on a great white’s fin…and in a twist of fate – it is the shark filming Casagrande! “Great White Babies” It’s one of the all-time greatest great white shark mysteries. Where on earth do they go to give birth? Leeann Winn’s on the expedition of a lifetime to find that out.  She usually teaches and molds the lives of the kids in her classroom, but with this one mission, she could help change the entire world of shark research, forever.  “Close Encounter: Touching Great Whites Jean-Marie Ghislain and Martin Kochling love to dive. Especially off the coast of Guadalupe Island where great white sharks are a very common sight. But, while others dive inside protective cages, these two leave the cages behind and free dive to get as close as possible to the great whites. “Eat a Seal” It’s not easy being a seal in the ocean, especially during SHARK WEEK. It’s also not easy being the singer Seal near the ocean, as the new SHARK WEEK promo shows viewers. DAILY PLANET breaks down the nutritional value of a real seal vs. Seal, the artist. Could the fat content in Seal’s six-pack abs be lower? “Liverless Sharks” For the first time ever, great white sharks have met their match in the small town of Gansbaai, South Africa. Three great white sharks have washed up on shore – not only dead but with their livers perfectly removed. It’s a sharkie mystery – one that needs solving. That’s when Alison Towner, a great white shark biologist comes in to crack the case!  Hint – the culprit is black and white and the most famous one goes by the name “Willy”. “Shark Girl Whitetip” There is one place in the world where you have a good chance of catching sight of the rare oceanic whitetip shark – Cat Island, Bahamas. The endangered species makes a yearly migration to the remote island. Madison Stewart, a.k.a. “Shark Girl”, journeys to the island in search of these majestic beasts. The shark conservationist and videographer wants to get up- close-and-personal with the apex predator. With powerful jaws, they’re considered to be one of the most dangerous sharks to humans. “Dead Whale Feast”           Straddling a dead whale floating on the open ocean as its carcass is ripped apart isn’t something one would expect to do every day, but it’s something videographer and marine biologist Choy Aming can now add to his bragging rights. Aming – a shark biologist with a taste for danger couldn’t pass up the opportunity to document this rare shark feeding behaviour – so instead of heading to safety, Aming decided to hop on top of the slippery carcass to capture it all on film…from the best seat in the house. “Great White Infrared” It’s the first attempt at spotting great white sharks from a robotic plane, and it could change tagging forever. For Carrie Hasse, aeronautical engineer, experimenting in a ship during a shark finding mission is already a game changer. “Sharks and Divers” Sharks have become less feared by humans, thanks in part to eco-tourism where divers get a chance to get up-close-and-personal with these predators. But is scuba diving with sharks really the best thing for the fish, or is it possible it may be having adverse affects on them? This is a question University of California shark researcher Darcy Bradley is trying to answer. “Swagger Like a Shark” People might be able to pop-it, krump, or even do the robot, but when it comes to moving around in the water, sharks have people beat hands down. Sharks have been around for over 400 million years and in that time they’ve evolved some amazing ways to use their bodies. From tip to tail a shark has to have amazing control of their body so they can do things like shake themselves clean, navigate, and hunt for prey. From the amazing jumps of a great white, to the tantalizing tail whip of a thresher, DAILY PLANET is diving into the mechanics of their movements and looking at all the ways that manipulate their bodies so they can swim with swagger. “Basking Shark Migration” Shark biologist Phil Doherty loves to swim with giants in U.K. waters. He regularly studies the migration patterns of basking sharks – the world's second largest fish – and thanks to new technology, has been able to dispel the myth that they simply hibernate during the winter months. By tracking their movements with satellite tags, it turns out these mysterious creatures have a wide range of vacation spots, some as far away as Africa. “Rob Stewart Tribute” DAILY PLANET celebrates the life of the late Canadian filmmaker and champion of sharks, Rob Stewart, with a look back at some of his greatest encounters and a sneak peek of some of the scenes from Shark Water 2.      

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