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Shark Week

Shark Week

  • Premiered: 
    July 17, 1988
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  • Network: Discovery
  • Category: Series
  • Genre: Special, Annual
  • Type: Live Action
  • Concept: 
  • Subject Matter: Animal
  • Tags: shark

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Plot Synopsis

SHARK WEEK is television's longest running summer event and has given viewers extensive insight into the mysterious world of sharks -- taking them where cameras have never been before. Along the way, SHARK WEEK has built a community of scientists who have come on board to share science-based shark stories and exciting shark research from the field.
SHARK WEEK 2023 kicks off on Sunday, July 23 and continues through Saturday, July 29 on Discovery and discovery+. Summer's most-anticipated programming event returns with Jason Momoa joining as host. Momoa is dedicated to protecting and preserving our oceans and will guide SHARK WEEK audiences through the biggest annual celebration of sharks. Over the course of Shark Week, Momoa will set up the jaw dropping events, epic journeys, first-time revelations, and groundbreaking scientific findings that make up the summer spectacle. Fans can expect adrenaline-inducing original hours of sharks from new and continuously explored destinations, all captured on-camera by Discovery's dedicated science and research field teams. SHARK WEEK 2023 programs include:

"Belly of the Beast: Feeding Frenzy" (Premieres Sunday, July 23 at 8pm ET/PT on Discovery): In a Shark Week first, researchers with cameras brave a great white shark feeding frenzy from inside a life-size whale decoy. Their findings could be the key to finding the biggest great white shark in South African history.

"Jaws vs The Meg" (Premieres Sunday, July 23 at 9pm ET/PT on Discovery): The MEG, a massive shark measuring 50 feet and weighing 60 tons, was once feared as the most fearsome predator. It could devour a killer whale effortlessly, but new evidence suggests that its cousin, the great white shark, may have caused its extinction.

"Serial Killer: Red Sea Feeding Frenzy" (Premieres Sunday, July 23 at 10pm ET/PT on Discovery): Shark attack investigator Brandon McMillan and cinematographer Fo Zayed travel to solve the mystery of what's behind three recent deadly shark attacks off of the posh beaches of Egypt's Red Sea.

"Shark Week: Off the Hook" (Premieres Sunday, July 23 at 11pm ET/PT on Discovery): Dive into the biggest thrills and most terrifying moments from 35 years of Shark Week, celebrating behind the scenes of iconic moments and revealing never-before-seen footage of the fearless adventurers who get up close with the world's scariest creatures.

"Great White Fight Club" (Premieres Monday, July 24 at 8pm ET/PT on Discovery): A team of experts venture into the treacherous waters of New Zealand to provide groundbreaking evidence that female white sharks unequivocally dominate the ocean, reigning as the ultimate controllers of its fierce battlegrounds.

"Monster of Bermuda Triangle" (Premieres Monday, July 24 at 9pm ET/PT on Discovery): A healthy, 10-foot pregnant Porbeagle shark vanishes in the Bermuda Triangle. The evidence suggests an unknown, monstrous predator could be to blame. Dr. James Sulikowski and a team of scientists dive into the most mysterious part of the ocean to uncover the truth behind the attack.

"Alien Sharks: Strange New Worlds" (Premieres Monday, July 24 at 10PM on Discovery): The tip of South Africa is a hotspot for unusual sharks that exhibit bizarre behaviors and unusual, otherworldly appearances. Wildlife biologist Forrest Galante explores stunning kelp forests and ocean depths never-before-seen by humans to study these extraordinary creatures.

"Mako Mania: Battle for California" (Premieres Tuesday, July 25 at 8pm ET/PT on Discovery): Off the coast of Los Angeles, a new population of super makos challenge great whites for their hunting territories. Dr. Craig O'Connell, Fo Zayed, and Kendyl Berna deploy state-of-the-art technology to reveal their dominance and unveil the mysteries that have transformed these makos into some of the fiercest predators in the oceans.

"Raiders of the Lost Shark" (Premieres Tuesday, July 25 at 9pm ET/PT on Discovery): Shark expert Matt Dicken and Shark Week legend Dickie Chivell embark on a relentless quest to locate an elusive and colossal shark named Dutchess, who mysteriously vanished from Gansbaai, South Africa years ago.

"Monster Hammerheads: Killer Instinct" (Premieres Tuesday, July 25 at 10pm ET/PT on Discovery): Dr. Tristan Guttridge believes Hammerhead sharks can reach monster sizes by hunting other species of sharks. The only way to prove his theory is to obtain tissue samples from some of the largest sharks on the planet.

"Air Jaws: Final Frontier" (Premieres Wednesday, July 26 at 8pm ET/PT on Discovery): Shark filmmakers hunt for "Air Jaws" in New Zealand's hidden launch pad. Andy Casagrande and Jeff Kurr seek the second-ever breaching great white in these waters to uncover history-making secrets.

"Florida Shark: Blood in the Water" (Premieres Wednesday, July 26 at 9pm ET/PT on Discovery): Paul de Gelder dives into the Shark Attack Capital of the World to conduct experiments that will confirm what makes up these dangerous waters and determine methods to mitigate the risk.

"Cocaine Sharks" (Premieres Wednesday, July 26 at 10pm ET/PT on Discovery): For decades, rumors of cocaine-fueled sharks have spread throughout the fishing community. Shark expert Tom Hird travels to the Florida Keys to investigate what happens when the sharks come in contact with the most notorious drug on the planet.

"Jaws in the Shallows" (Premieres Thursday, July 27 at 8pm ET/PT on Discovery): Shark Week veteran Dr. Riley Elliott has traveled all over to study great whites, which are now terrorizing the beaches of New Zealand. He sets out alongside his wife Amber Jones to find answers to protect his loved ones from the apex predators before it's too late.

"Monster Mako: Fresh Blood" (Premieres Thursday, July 27 at 9pm ET/PT on Discovery): Twelve-foot-long monster mako sharks compete head-to-head with great whites for prey off the coast of California. Using a custom clear, acrylic diving bell, Dr. Austin Gallagher and legendary free diver Andre Musgrove get up close with both predators and track makos breaching eight feet out of the ocean.

"Shark vs Snake: Battle of the Bites" (Premieres Thursday, July 27 at 10pm ET/PT on Discovery): Tiger sharks are washing up dead on the beaches of Western Australia with no sign of attack. Forrest Galante has a theory that deadly sea snakes are turning these apex predators to prey. In the battle of shark against snake, are snakes winning?

"Tropic Jaws" (Premieres Friday, July 28 at 8pm ET/PT on Discovery): When a 16-foot great white invades Indonesia's warm coast of Bali, it sparks fears that they are adapting to hunt the tropical beaches where millions of people swim every day. Dr. Craig O'Connell and Madison Stewart are on a mission to find Tropic Jaws and discover why they left the cold water environment that they have called home for thousands of years.

"Deadly Sharks of Paradise" (Premieres Friday, July 28 at 9pm ET/PT on Discovery): Scientists in South America are studying the shark species thought to be responsible for a spike in deadly attacks since 1990. Marine biologist Danni Washington and shark conservationist Paul de Gelder join a team tracking tiger sharks off a pristine tropical archipelago in Brazil.

"Haunting at Shark Tower" (Premieres Friday, July 28 at 10pm ET/PT on Discovery): News of a harrowing shark encounter at North Carolina's Frying Pan Tower sends underwater cinematographer Andy Casagrande and shark expert Kori Burkhardt on a dangerous quest to discover whether great white sharks are moving into the state's waters.

"Dawn of the Monster Mako" (Premieres Saturday, July 29 at 8pm ET/PT on Discovery): A 14-foot giant mako shark is spotted in the waters of Portugal's Azores region. Underwater cinematographer Joe Romeiro and his marine biologist wife, Lauren, search the teeming depths around the ancient islands to capture the beast on film.

"Mega Sharks of Dangerous Reef" (Premieres Saturday, July 29 at 9pm ET/PT on Discovery): The remote islands off the Eyre Peninsula in South Australia are believed to harbor some of the biggest white sharks on the planet. While local fishing reports suggest these giant sharks are still around, they are rarely seen.