SHARK WEEK 2018 Highlights - Sunday, July 22 through Sunday, July 29 on Discovery
— July 10, 2018
ALIEN SHARKS: GREATEST HITSSunday, July 22 at 7 p.m. ET / 4 p.m. PT
Deep below the ocean’s surface live some of the strangest creatures and most frightening sharks on Earth. And the deeper the dive, the more mysterious they get. In ALIEN SHARKS: GREATEST HITS, Discovery recounts the biggest discoveries, weirdest adaptations, and most memorable moments from the past five years of ALIEN SHARKS.
BEAR VS. SHARKSunday, July 22 at 8 p.m. ET / 5 p.m. PT
Adventurer Bear Grylls returns to Discovery for the 30th anniversary of SHARK WEEK in a showdown of BEAR VS. SHARK. Grylls has survived the most extreme conditions – from the frozen peaks of Mount Everest to the blazing sands of the Sahara Desert. What will happen when he goes head-to-head with sharks on their home turf? It’s Grylls’ greatest test of wits and skill as he faces off with the ocean’s most fearsome predator.
SHAQ DOES SHARK WEEKSunday, July 22 at 9 p.m. ET / 6 p.m. PTShaquille O'Neal accidentally signed himself up to be thrust into the teeth of the 30th anniversary of SHARK WEEK, but he is petrified of the iconic predator. To overcome his fear, O’Neal trains with former U.S. Marine and comedian Rob Riggle for the big dive.
UNCAGED: SHARK VS. RONDA ROUSEYSunday, July 22 at 10 p.m. ET / 7 p.m. PT
With her trademark fighting spirit and determination, sporting superstar Ronda Rousey confronts one of her greatest fears in UNCAGED: SHARK VS. RONDA ROUSEY. Rousey is trained by shark conservationist and attack survivor Paul de Gelder beforesquaring off against her fiercest opponent yet, the mako shark. The former UFC champ kicks off her training by cage diving with several lightweight shark species in the waters off Fiji, then heads to New Zealand for the main event, an uncaged free dive with the ultimate fighter of the sea.
MONSTER TAGMonday, July 23 at 8 p.m. ET / 5 p.m. PT
All-star athletes Aaron Rodgers, Lindsey Vonn, and Rob Gronkowski team up with expert shark scientists to learn about the ocean’s top predators in MONSTER TAG. Shark populations are in trouble around the world, but a daring collection of dedicated shark researchers are using the latest satellite technology to track and potentially save them. The researchers use satellite wildlife tags to determine where sharks feed, mate, and birth their pups – critical information in the quest to conserve the species.
GREAT WHITE ABYSSMonday, July 23 at 9 p.m. ET / 6 p.m. PT
Diving deeper than ever, a team of experts venture off to the great white shark hotspot Guadalupe Island to seek out the biggest sharks they can find in GREAT WHITE ABYSS. Previously in the waters surrounding the island, a six-metre female shark named Deep Blue surfaced, then disappeared into the deep. Dr. Mauricio Hoyos believes Guadalupe Island might be the area where all the giant sharks live. With deep-water cages and submarine dives, Dr. Hoyos teams up with Emmy® Award-winning cinematographer Andy Casagrande and expert shark diver Jimi Partington.
CUBA’S SECRET SHARK LAIRMonday, July 23 at 10 p.m. ET / 7 p.m. PT
In 1945, one of the largest sharks on record was captured in Cuban waters, a great white named “El Monstruo.” Since then, sightings of massive sharks have been frequent in Cuban waters, but the island nation has always been restricted from outsider interference. Discovery takes a dive into unexplored waters in CUBA’S SECRET SHARK LAIR, as two teams of researchers are granted permission to study Cuba’s massive sharks. Off the north shore, a team searches for another El Monstruo-sized great white shark. To the south, a team looks for a massive great hammerhead known as “The Queen.”
GUY FIERI’S FEEDING FRENZYTuesday, July 24 at 8 p.m. ET / 5 p.m. PTSHARK WEEK heads to the Bahamas to team up with restaurateur Guy Fieri and his son Hunterto discover local cuisine and explore what makes the waters around these islands the ideal “all-you-can-eat buffet” for a wide variety of shark species.
LAWS OF JAWSTuesday, July 24 at 9 p.m. ET / 6 p.m. PT
Shark attacks are on the rise, but are these attacks the result of the species’ behaviour or the unintended consequences of human interaction with the ecosystem? A team of expert divers including Liz Parkinson, Mike Dornellas, and Nick LeBeouf, along with filmmaker Andy Casagrande, take to the deep to re-enact five harrowing real-life attacks in hopes of finding answers.
AIR JAWS: THE HUNTEDTuesday, July 24 at 10 p.m. ET / 7 p.m. PT
In 2017, five full-grown great white sharks washed up dead on beaches in South Africa. The necropsy revealed they were eaten alive. What is the only massive sea predator that has the ability to capture, kill, and devour a group of four-metre, 1,360 kilogram great white sharks? Orcas. Leading the case is shark biologist Alison Towner, searching for the killers in these grisly crimes and investigating the question everyone is asking: will they attack again? On her journey, Towner locates two Orcas, Port and Starboard, easily identifiable by their drooping dorsal fins, and determines how they could be the attackers. Towner teams up with conservationist Chris Fallows and filmmakers Jeff Kurr and Andy Casagrande to find out how these great whites are being wiped out and what can be done to save them.
SHARK TANK MEETS SHARK WEEKWednesday, July 25 at 9 p.m. ET / 6 p.m. PT
In SHARK TANK MEETS SHARK WEEK, Barbara Corcoran, Mark Cuban, Daymond John, and Kevin O’Leary of CTV’s SHARK TANK are paired with different oceanic organizations to learn about the issues that sharks face around the world – overfishing, bycatch, and habitat destruction. With this newfound knowledge, the stars return to the SHARK TANK studio with fellow shark Robert Herjavec to pitch each other on which organization deserves a grand prize donation of $50,000. Each shark will vote for the organization they feel deserves the money, with one catch – they can’t vote for their own pick.
SHARKCAM STAKEOUTWednesday, July 25 at 10 p.m. ET / 7 p.m. PT
In the past, Shark Cam has revealed fascinating new behaviours of white sharks. Now, Shark Cam is back, but this time with smaller tags for more precise information. Dr. Greg Skomal and the Woods Hole team travel to the Bahamas to investigate the private lives of bull and hammerhead sharks, with guidance from Doc Gruber and Dr. Tristan Guttridge of the Bimini Shark Lab. What new things will the team discover about the hunting techniques of these fierce predators?
SHARKWRECKEDThursday, July 25 at 9 p.m. ET / 6 p.m. PT
Every year more than 450 boats sink in U.S. waters – eight out of 10 are small leisure craft and fishing vessels. Survivors plunge into deep water, often with no life vest, food, or fresh water. Throw hungry sharks into the mix and suddenly there’s a real and immediate life-threatening situation. In a 48-hour, adrenaline-fuelled, and daring experiment, shark attack survivor Paul de Gelder joins forces with fellow serviceman and marine survival expert James Glancy to record what happens when a shipwreck occurs in shark-infested waters.
TIGER SHARK INVASIONThursday, July 25 at 10 p.m. ET / 7 p.m. PT
An invasive species is turning one of the world’s oldest marine ecosystems upside down. Dr. Neil Hammerschlag leads a team including cameraman Joe Romeiro and local expert Alex Ahearn to the Galapagos to observe and document how tiger sharks – new to the islands in the last 10 years – have re-set the underwater order in one of the sharkiest places on the planet.
MEGALODON: FACT VS. FICTIONFriday, July 27 at 8 p.m. ET / 5 p.m. PT
What if the largest shark that ever existed were still alive today? Experts re-examine the original SHARK WEEK documentary MEGALODON: STILL LIVES to paint an accurate picture of how Megalodon would live and hunt today.
BLOODLINE: THE SPAWN OF JAWSFriday, July 27 at 10 p.m. ET / 7 p.m. PT
More than four decades ago, giant great white sharks off Long Island, NY gave rise to the legend of Jaws. But all of those big sharks were either caught, killed, or otherwise disappeared...until now. Dr. Craig O’Connell goes looking for the legendary monsters of Montauk to see if the bloodline of Jaws continues.
GREAT WHITE SHARK BABIESFriday, July 27 at 10 p.m. ET / 7 p.m. PT
They’re big, they’re angry, and they’re pregnant! These large great white females migrate to Guadalupe for one last big feed of seals before they go off to have their pups. But where do they go? Dr. Mauricio Hoyos and his all-female science team of Michelle Jewell, and Toby Daly-Engel track the sharks to Baja, use genetics to identify which pups belong to which females, and confirm a birthing ground to be protected.
RETURN OF THE MEGASHARKSaturday, July 28 at 9 p.m. ET / 6 p.m. PT
Some of SHARK WEEK’s most daring missions have featured Jeff Kurr and Andy Casagrande searching for the largest great whites, known as “Megasharks.” Now Kurr and Casagrande want to search for the Megasharks of New Zealand, all while revisiting their most exciting discoveries from past years.
SHARKS GONE WILDSaturday, July 28 at 10 p.m. ET / 7 p.m. PT
Discover everything that has happened in the world of sharks this year – the unbelievable viral videos, the biggest news stories, and the latest cutting-edge shark science.
NAKED AND AFRAID OF SHARKS Sunday, July 29 at 9 p.m. ET / 6 p.m. PT
Stranded on a barren island in the middle of the most shark-infested waters on Earth, five NAKED AND AFRAID all-stars must survive for 14 days, exclusively on what the ocean provides.