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Published On: Thu, Jun 23rd, 2016

‘Shark Week’ kicks off June 26, check out the schedule

SHARK WEEK, television’s longest running and most anticipated summer event returns to Discovery Channel fromSunday, June 26 to Sunday, July 3. SHARK WEEK celebrates its 28th anniversary with all-new jaw-dropping and compelling shark stories and, for the first time ever, offering an immersive virtual reality experience.

Additionally, for five consecutive nights from Sunday, June 26 to Thursday, June 30, award-winning film director, producer, writer and actor Eli Roth (“Inglourious Basterds, “The Green Inferno,” and “Knock Knock”, amongst other projects) returns as host of SHARK WEEK’s hit late-night talk show Shark After Dark for a second year in a row.

Below is the air schedule for SHARK WEEK 2016 (All Times Eastern/Pacific):

TIGER BEACH – Airing Sunday, June 26 at 8PM ET/PT

Dr. Neil Hammerschlag is the world’s leading tiger shark expert. Now, he’s on a quest to answer what he calls the trifecta of tiger shark science: where do these giant sharks mate, where do the pregnant females gestate, and where do they give birth? He hopes to find answers by tagging and tracking 40 individuals across a shallow area off the Bahamas called Tiger Beach. Second only to great whites, the tiger shark’s killing power and voracious appetite is legendary – and Neil has to deal with some aggressive sharks while on expedition.

Shark Week is back!

Shark Week is back!

RETURN OF MONSTER MAKO – Sunday, June 26 at 9PM ET/PT

Professional shark tagger Keith Poe, and marine biologists Greg Stuntz, Matt Ajemain and their team use state-of-the-art technology to try to document a live-predation of a thousand-pound mako shark — what fishermen call a “grander.” Granders are enormous makos that make a kind of transformation when they reach 10 feet and 1000 pounds – they become more secretive and begin to hunt bigger prey, like seals. And they’re hard to find on the East Coast – until Joe Romeiro and team jump in the water after dark and come face to face with them.

ISLE OF JAWS – Airing Sunday, June 26 at 10PM ET/PT

In 2016, award-winning shark cinematographer Andy Casagrande discovered that great white sharks had strangely and completely disappeared from the Neptune Islands off South Australia.  Where did the sharks go? Searching west along the known great white migration route, he stumbles upon an incredible discovery – a concentration of all male great white sharks off an uncharted island. Andy calls in marine biologist Dr. Jonathan Werry, and together they get up close and personal with a dozen large great whites in the hopes of solving two of the most closely guarded of all the great white’s secrets… where they mate and where they have their young. Within this program, viewers will be able to immerse themselves into the adventure with virtual reality by using the DiscoveryVR app.

SHALLOW WATER INVASION – Airing Monday, June 27 at 8PM ET/PT

Using a self-propelled shark cage called “The Explorer”, marine biologists Mauricio Hoyos and Grant Johnson will investigate a recent discovery at Guadalupe Island – great whites moving into shallow waters at night.  This movement shows that sharks entering shallow water are normal behavior – which would account for some of the shark encounters happening with greater frequency in the shallows along coastlines. 

JAWS OF THE DEEP – Airing Monday, June 27 at 9PM ET/PT

Marine biologist Greg Skomal and the REMUS SharkCam team return to Guadalupe to find the world’s largest great white shark, Deep Blue. This time, they deploy two robot subs: one that dives to 300 feet, and another that goes to 2000.  Together, they build a profile of how the great white uses the entire water column. The team uncovers hunting techniques and strategies great whites use to ambush their prey – and film a great white’s attack on the sub!

SHARKS AMONG US – Airing Monday, June 27 at 10PM ET/PT

Shark encounters are increasing around the globe. The solutions to deal with the public’s growing anxiety range from culling to using nets and drumlins – all of which kill sharks.  Dr. Craig O’Connell believes he has developed a system that will prove once and for all that sharks and people can peacefully coexist – and live!

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