SHARK WEEK 2017 Highlights

— June 30, 2017

Sunday, July 23 through Sunday, July 30

GREAT WHITE SHARK SERIAL KILLER LIVES Sunday, July 23 at 7 p.m. ET/4 p.m. PT Every two years in October, a secluded beach on the central California coast has been the scene of great white shark attacks. Is it the same shark returning again and again? And will the attacks continue? Dr. Michael Domeier believes the Surf Beach attacks may be more than a tragic coincidence. With the help of shark experts, Ralph Collier and Cal Lutheran, and using satellite tags and DNA technology, Domeier wants to out the killer once and for all. PHELPS VS. SHARK: GREAT GOLD VS. GREAT WHITE Sunday, July 23 at 8 p.m. ET/5 p.m. PT Sharks are one of the fastest and most efficient predators on the planet. And with 39 world records and 23 Olympic golds, Michael Phelps is the greatest champion to ever get in the water ... but he has one competition left to win. In an event so monumental no one has ever attempted it before, the world’s most decorated athlete takes on the ocean’s most efficient predator in PHELPS VS. SHARK. The race is on! SHARK-CROC SHOWDOWN Sunday, July 23 at 9 p.m. ET/6 p.m. PT Dr. Mark Meekan and conservationist Paul de Gelder go on an expedition to one of the sharkiest places in the world – a remote wilderness called the Cobourg Peninsula in the Northern Territory of Australia. Meekan is there to count sharks and species as part of Vulcan’s Global FinPrint project, while de Gelder is joining the expedition to witness what he’s heard are sharks and crocs fighting over sea turtles. Meekan and de Gelder find out exactly what happens when the four-metre crocodiles move into shark infested waters. GREAT HAMMERHEAD INVASION Sunday, July 23 at 10 p.m. ET/7 p.m. PT Early November, giant hammerheads arrive off Bimini, in the Bahamas. But why? Leading shark scientist Tristan Guttridge tags and follows these normally solitary sharks to find out. Many appear to be pregnant females, as an ultrasound of a female hammerhead shows. Guttridge believes they spend winters in Bimini to feed the growing young in their bellies – and then move on to the Florida coast to prey on migrating blacktips – and the evidence is unmistakable. SHARK VORTEX Monday, July 24 at 8 p.m. ET/5 p.m. PT Each summer, the Gulf Stream pushes north into the waters of southern New England, bringing with it 30 species of shark. Senior fisheries biologist, Greg Skomal, and award-winning cinematographer, Joe Romeiro, study the annual spectacle, focusing on three sharks – makos, great whites, and porbeagles – that can out-swim, out-think, and out-compete all others. RETURN TO THE ISLE OF JAWS Monday, July 24 at 9 p.m. ET/6 p.m. PT In RETURN TO THE ISLE OF JAWS, divers and scientists risk their lives to unlock the mysteries of this new great white hot spot, just south of Western Australia. They make a startling discovery that causes a re-think of everything people thought they knew about great whites. ALIEN SHARKS: STRANGER FINS Airing Monday, July 24 at 10 p.m. ET/7 p.m. PT Dr. Craig O'Connell visits the Bass Strait for sawsharks, while Victoria Elena Vasquez and Dr. David Ebert dives into deep water in Tokyo Bay to find the star of the show, the goblin shark. They find both sawsharks and goblins – and many more, including ghost sharks, frilled sharks, and the amazing luminescent lantern shark.   SHARKS AND THE CITY: LA Tuesday, July 25 at 9 p.m. ET/6 p.m. PT Along the coastline of Los Angeles, great white shark numbers are increasing and they seem to be hunting out of season. Dr. Chris Lowe, Director of the CSULB Shark Lab, wants to know why. His investigation takes him to Guadalupe Island, off Mexico, where he finds the answer. SHARKS AND THE CITY: NEW YORK Tuesday, July 25 at 10 p.m. ET/7 p.m. PT For decades, great white shark numbers were in decline in the waters around New York. But now, seals are back in New York Harbor – can the great whites be far behind?  Narrated by Chris Noth (SEX AND THE CITY; THE GOOD WIFE), SHARKS AND THE CITY: NEW YORK joins Marine biologist, Craig O’Connell as he attempts to find out how close the sharks really are, and show what a future with great whites in New York will look like. THE LOST CAGE Wednesday, July 26 at 9 p.m.ET/6 p.m. PT A team of explorers floats in a one-of-a-kind shark cage, 804 kilometres into the Gulf of Mexico. Acting as human lures in the open ocean, will they encounter its deadliest shark? DEVIL SHARKS Wednesday, July 26 at 10 p.m. ET/7 p.m. PT From active to extinct, and at every stage in between, volcanoes hold a strong attraction for sharks of all kinds. Across the world, sharks congregate and concentrate around volcanoes and volcanic islands. What is it about volcanoes that make them shark hotspots? Dr. Mike Heithaus dives into several volcanoes to find out. SHARK EXILE Thursday, July 27 at 9 p.m. ET/6 p.m. PT In Brazil, Dr. Hazin has successfully reduced the number of shark encounters by simply catching and moving sharks out to the open sea. What’s his secret? And can this solution work in Australia, where encounters are a problem? SHARK STORM Thursday, July 27 at 10 p.m. ET/7 p.m. PT At various times of the year and in different locations around the world, sharks of many kinds gather, swarm, and spiral. Dr. Tristan Guttridge conducts a study of just what brings them together, and what’s going on in these shark societies. AFRICAN SHARK SAFARI Friday, July 28 at 9 p.m. ET/6 p.m. PT Madagascar is not known as a location for great white sharks. According to the shark sanctuary, both great whites and tigers are “extinct” in Madagascan waters. So why has a great white shark, tagged in South Africa, travelled over 2,400 kilometres up the African coast to Madagascar? Craig O'Connell and the team make the long journey to the remote island nation to investigate if Madagascar is the next big great white shark hotspot. LAIR OF THE SAWFISH Friday, July 28 at 10 p.m.ET/7 p.m. PT Experts unravel the mystery behind one of the sea’s strangest creatures – the sawfish. From its evolutionary links to sharks and rays, to its key role in the marine ecosystem, the team’s goal is to bring the sawfish back from the brink of extinction. SHARKMANIA Saturday, July 29 at 9 p.m. ET/6 p.m. PT Only the closest calls, biggest bites, and greatest gadgets made the cut to bring viewers the best moments from SHARK WEEK 2017! Then, viewers’ top picks for the best of SHARK WEEK history are revealed. SHARK SCHOOL WITH MICHAEL PHELPS Sunday, July 30 at 8 p.m. ET/5 p.m. PT Michael Phelps returns to close out SHARK WEEK when he joins Dr. Samuel Gruber and Dr. Tristan Guttridge of the Bimini Shark Lab to get a crash course on everything “shark.” They’ll dispel the myths and common misconceptions, teach Phelps how to safely dive with sharks, and will even get Phelps up-close-and-personal with the incredible power of a great white.

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