One of the happiest weeks of the year is upon us as
Discovery Channel kicks off the 27th annual Shark Week extravaganza
I love sharks – and shark movies. I love the good ones
), the bad ones (Bait
) and the completely outrageous ones (Shark Night
). I have shark slippers, jewelry and T-shirts.
So, of course, Shark Week
is a big deal for me.
This year’s schedule is full of new offerings at night – and
repeats of older shows during the day. And, for the second year in a row,
Discovery is hosting the live Shark After Dark
program – which brings guests
together with comedian Josh Wolf – to talk about each night’s entertainment
Last year, millions of fans joined in and live Tweeted Shark
– which airs at 11 p.m. nightly -- making the show a runaway success.
After the scathing dress down the Discovery Channel got for
airing a mockumentary about the existence of the extinct Megalodon last year
(only running a brief disclaimer at the beginning of the show and then
presenting the mockumentary as fact), it doesn’t look like producers are
backing off their approach (which saw millions of viewers) because a follow-up
Discovery Channel wisely bumped the follow-up off the
opening night, though, and buried it later in the week, though.
So what is Discovery offering this year?
Air Jaws: Fin of Fury (8 p.m.)
: Using incredible new cameras
and high tech underwater gadgetry, Shark
Filmmaker Jeff Kurr and his team
embark on a worldwide mission to track down the missing “mega-shark” Colossus.
Shark of Darkness: Wrath of Submarine (9 p.m.):
Said to be the
deadliest great white shark of all time, “Submarine” is a 30-foot great white
that has terrorized the shores of South Africa for decades. Locals believe that
this shark is responsible for countless fatal attacks, but its existence has
never been proven.
Jaws Strikes Back (9 p.m.):
Marine biologist Greg Skomal and
the sharkcam team travel to the remote Pacific Island of Guadalupe to film the
hunting behavior of the largest great white sharks on Earth.
Monster Hammerhead (10 p.m.):
For the past 60 years, reports
of a monster hammerhead clocking in at more than 20 feet long have circulated
throughout Florida. Now a team of scientists and anglers explore the waters of
the world’s largest hammerheads to see if these stories could be true.
Alien Sharks: Return to the Abyss (9 p.m.):
researchers investigate the ocean’s darkest depths in
search of shark specials
that have never been seen before on camera and get a glimpse of the elusive
Lair of the Mega Shark (10 p.m.):
Shark experts Jeff Kurr
and Andy Casagrande head to New Zealand to investigate the sightings of a
20-foot great white shark, which leads them to the nocturnal feeding ground of
Zombie Sharks (9 p.m.):
Shark Diver and conservationist Eli
Martinez explores a catatonic zombie-like state in sharks called “tonic
immobility” and sets out to solve a mystery of predators using it on massive
Spawn of Jaws: The Birth (10 p.m.):
Dr. Michael Domeier
continues his quest to unlock one of the greatest shark mysteries: the location
of great white pupping grounds. This two-year mission follows the journey of a
pregnant great white called Gil Rakers as she prepares to give birth.
I Escaped Jaws 2 (9 p.m.):
Shark attack victims recount
their harrowing near-death experiences and reveal how they escaped with their
Sharkageddon (10 p.m.):
Massive tiger sharks and other
predatory species are invading the shores of Hawaii. After a spike in attacks,
including two fatalities, Hawaiian native and surf-legend Kala Alexander sets
out to uncover the truth behind what’s disrupting the Hawaiian food chain.
Megalodon: The New Evidence (10 p.m.):
Collin Drake returns
to share new details of his case and present the shocking new evidence of the
existence of Megalodon, an enormous prehistoric shark that could still be
roaming the oceans.
Great White Matrix (9 p.m.):
Shark attack survivor Paul de
Gelder and Andy Casagrande head deep into the shark-infested waters of
Australia to investigate a series of bizarre shark attacks and capture the
great white bite on camera.
Sharksanity (10 p.m.):
A look at the most insane bites,
strikes and close calls from Shark Week 2014. Plus your picks for the five
crazies Shark Week moments ever.
So, what do you think? Are you looking forward to Shark