Discovery’s annual “Shark Week” is now underway, hosted by Andrew ‘ET’ Ettingshausen.
This year, for the first time, it is broadcast entirely in HD.
Here’s what’s in store:
Mythbusters Jawsome Shark Special
Monday 3 December, 7.30pm
The MythBusters are celebrating the 25th anniversary of Shark Week with a countdown of their Top 25 shark myths of all time! But with a back catalogue to rival that of Shark Week itself, this will be no mean feat. Will there be Jawsome surprises? Which unsung heroes may make the list? And what new myths are going to hit home? Well that’s something only Adam and Jamie can decide because for this episode, they are in charge like never before.
Tuesday 4 December, 7.30pm
In an instant, a shark attack changes six lives forever. They’re devastated by their losses: one surfer loses his arm. A soccer player loses his leg. But all six fight their way back to happy, productive lives with the same spirit that helped them survive their attacks. Then they discover the startling truth about their attackers: An estimated 73 million sharks are killed each year. Some, like Great White Sharks, may disappear within decades. In a remarkable turn of events, these victims band together to rescue the magnificent beasts that nearly killed them.
Shark Week’s 25 Best Bites
Wednesday 5 December, 7.30pm
For 25 years, we’ve been taking you deeper and deeper into the shark bite. The shark week film crew to get the greatest shark bite Holy Grail: the birdseye view of the Polaris breach. Right into the bite that can cut a full grown seal in HALF. As the crew works to get this bite, the host will countdown of Shark Week’s most spectacular moments, all leading up to this Best Bites.
Shark Week’s Impossible Shot
Thursday 6 December, 7.30pm
A team of wildlife cameramen head to Gaansbaii, South Africa to try to capture a certain shot of a Great White Shark that no one has been able to get… yet. Their mission is to capture a previously unseen, and some say impossible, angle of a Great White shark’s Polaris breach. Using top-of-the- line camera technology and their own ingenuity, the crew attempts to film a bird’s-eye-view of the Polaris breach at super high speed, which would put them in the company of some of the greatest cameramen ever to work on Shark Week.
Adrift: 47 Days With Sharks
Friday 7 December, 7.30pm
The inspiring true story of Louie Zamperini and Russel Phillips. During a routine search mission over the Pacific in WWII, their plane crashed into shark infested waters, and what happened to them over the next three years of their lives is one of the great stories of our time. A flimsy life-raft. And hundreds of hungry sharks. This is an extraordinary story of survival in US history.
Saturday 8 December, 7.30pm
Most of us are used to thinking of sharks as anonymous, dead-eyed killers, but in “Shark City”, we’ll get to know a handful of them as individuals—with their own personalities, quirks, and –yep—feeding patterns. The sharks who live off the shores of the Bahamas exist in a vibrant and diverse community of species and we’ll follow them through their days and nights, and find out how they size each other up, what they like to eat, and what it is that THEY’RE afraid of.