Discovery and NatGeo’s summertime shark stunts will be on TV over the next month: First, three weeks of NatGeo’s Shark Fest, which will span two networks, and then Shark Week itself.
Shark Week is Sunday, July 28, through Sunday, Aug 4.
Shark Fest starts Sunday, July 14, on National Geographic, and then continues July 21 to Aug. 2 on NatGeo WILD.
The list of documentaries and specials that will air on each network are below.
Shark Fest 2019’s schedule
For its seventh Shark Fest, the two National Geographic networks will both have shark programming, and will air one simulcast: a special about three divers’ interaction with massive great white shark called Deep Blue off the coast of Hawaii. That airs on July 21.
The network said its shows are “sure to captivate viewers with truth that is stranger than fiction, from the latest developments in shark research and preservation to new ways to predict shark attacks.”
Here’s what to expect from Shark Fest, along with NatGeo’s descriptions:
When Sharks Attack (National Geographic Channel, Sunday, July 14, at 9, and then July 15 to 19 at 8)
From America’s coastline to exotic beaches around the world, shark attacks turn dream vacations into nightmares. Many of these attacks occur suddenly, affect more than one person, and they can happen in unexpected locations – puzzling locals and scientists alike. When Sharks Attack investigates each incident to shed light on why and where shark encounters occur.
- July 14 at 9: When Sharks Attack: Terror in the Gulf
- July 15 at 8: When Sharks Attack: Honeymoon Hell
- July 15 at 9: When Sharks Attack: Fear on Fire Island
- July 16 at 8: When Sharks Attack: Bedlam in Brazil
- July 16 at 9: When Sharks Attack: The Shark Bite
- July 17 at 8: When Sharks Attack: Trouble in SoCal
- July 17 at 9: When Sharks Attack: Nightmare on the Cape
- July 18 at 8: When Sharks Attack: Australia’s Deadliest Coast
- July 18 at 9: When Sharks Attack: Double Shark Attack
- July 19 at 8: When Sharks Attack: Shark Nation
- July 19 at 9: When Sharks Attack: Jersey Gore
Cannibal Sharks (National Geographic Channel, Sunday, July 14, at 10)
The world’s leading shark scientists lead an investigation in to the fascinating world of Cannibal Sharks. From the two-foot Cookie Cutter that rips chunks out of White Sharks ten times their size, to the Sand Tiger pups that attack and eat each other in the womb, prepare to see sharks as you’ve never seen them before.
Great Shark Chow Down (National Geographic Channel, Monday, July 15, at 10)
The world’s leading scientists and cinematographers relive 5 extraordinary shark feeding events. From being surrounded at night by 700 grey reef sharks, a 300-strong gathering of blacktip, dusky and bronze sharks feeding on thousands of bait fish, to the spectacular sight of more than 200 blue sharks feeding on the carcass of a seven ton whale; the Great Shark Chow Down is an epic celebration of sharks from around the world. It ends with a cautionary reminder that these spectacular feasts may soon be a thing of the past as shark numbers crash worldwide.
Whale that Ate Jaws: Eye Witness Report (National Geographic Channel, Tuesday, July 16, at 10)
In October 1997, tourists in San Francisco caught a killer whale attack on a great white shark on tape. Twenty years later, they strike again in South Africa, but this time scientists have bodies to dissect as experts weigh-in to reveal astounding new discoveries behind the killer whale’s taste for shark meat. Shark biologist and scientist Scot Anderson, who was present at the event in 1997, is among the leading authorities interviewed about this extraordinary behavior.
Man vs. Shark (National Geographic Channel, Wednesday, July 17, at 10)
40 years after inventing armored suits that protect divers from attacks by smaller shark species of sharks, marine biologist, Jeremiah Sullivan, faces off against hungry hammerheads and deadly tiger sharks to measure their bite force, body strength and ability to chew through his advanced materials before creating new armor he’ll test by putting himself inside the devastating jaws of a 14-foot tiger shark.
Forecast: Shark Attack (National Geographic Channel, Thursday, July 18, at 10)
Dr. Greg Skomal and meteorologist Joe Merchant have travelled to the Bahamas to test a theory: that shark attacks can be as predictable as the weather. They believe that wind may drive sharks closer to the shore to hunt, which brings the sharks closer to the swimmers.
Shark Movers: Deadly Cargo (Friday, July 19, at 10)
In the busy harbor of Noumea, a tropical paradise is under threat from an influx of huge, hand-fed Bull Sharks. New Caledonian scientist, Dr. Laurent Vigliola, recruits Australian shark scientist, Dr Will Robbins, to test a world-first plan. Together they catch, crane-lift, and relocate several Bull Sharks to a pristine coral reef in hopes they will adapt to their new home away from people, and learn to feed in the wild.
World’s Biggest Great White? (National Geographic Channel and Nat Geo WILD, Sunday, July 21, at 8)
In January of 2019, three experienced divers and photographers set out on a small boat to try to record any marine life around the carcass of a sperm whale floating off the coast of Oahu. What they experienced is one of the most incredible great white shark encounters ever caught on camera, featuring the two largest great whites ever filmed in Hawaii, including the most famous living shark in the world, the giant great white known as Deep Blue. In this special, viewers will experience this trio’s incredible connection with the great whites first hand, as it happened, and learn the history and science behind the rare sightings of great white sharks in the waters surrounding our 50th state.
Also airing as part of Shark Fest:
- Shark vs Predator Showdown (NatGeo WILD, Sunday, July 21, at 9)
- When Sharks Attack: Deep Dives: Port of Panic (NatGeo WILD, Sunday, July 21, at 10)
- When Sharks Attack: Deep Dives: Pacific Dead (NatGeo WILD, Monday, July 22, at 8)
- America’s Deadliest Sharks (NatGeo WILD, Monday, July 22, at 9)
- When Sharks Attack: Deep Dives: Danger on the High (NatGeo WILD, Tuesday, July 23 at 8)
- When Sharks Attack: Deep Dives: Fright in Oahu (NatGeo WILD, Wednesday, July 24, at 8)
- When Sharks Attack: Deep Dives: Bloodshed Beach (NatGeo WILD, Thursday, July 25 at 8)
- When Sharks Attack: Deep Dives: Pacific Destroyer (NatGeo WILD, Monday, July 29, at 8)
- Eyewitness: Shark: Facing Jaws (NatGeo WILD, Monday, July 29, at 9)
Shark Week 2019’s schedule
Shark Week has, in the past, aired fiction that pretended to be fact. This year, they’re airing fiction based on fact, acknowledging that it’s a “scripted feature-length film.”
(I’d argue that it’s not “the first time” they’ve aired a scripted feature film, thanks to those phony docs, but that’s just me and my concern that Discovery contributed to eroding our understanding of verifiable truth. Thankfully, the lying has stopped.)
It’s called Capsized: Blood in the Water, and is based on a 1982 event and stars Josh Duhamel. It airs July 31 at 9.
The rest of the 20+ hours of Shark Week programs will be nonfiction that Discovery says “will take viewers to oceans around the world as nearly two dozen of the world’s most respected marine biologists and science institutions deliver all-new groundbreaking shark stories and take on the most daring shark experiments ever attempted in search of compelling insight into the mysterious world of sharks.”
Here’s what’s airing during Shark Week 2019, along with Discovery’s descriptions:
Expedition Unknown: Megalodon (Discovery, Sunday, July 28, at 8)
Five times bigger than a T. Rex, with jaws capable of crushing a tank, the Megalodon was the ultimate apex predator. This 60-ton mega-shark ruled the world’s oceans for nearly 20 million years. Then, suddenly, it vanished. So how did the king of the deep lose his throne? Paleontologists are using fossilized teeth – the only surviving evidence of the Megalodon – to take a bite out of the mystery of its disappearance. These prehistoric dental records may hold the key to when this monster shark went extinct and why. Meanwhile, marine biologists are studying the Megalodon’s modern shark descendants to understand what caused its demise. What they’ve uncovered is a deep sea “Game of Thrones” that pitted one species against another in a battle for dominance. Josh is diving into shark-infested waters to unravel one of the oceans greatest mysteries – what happened to the mighty Meg? Produced by Ping Pong Productions.
Shark Trip: Eat. Prey. Chum. (Sunday, July 28, at 9)
From Will Packer, record-breaking Producer of “Girls Trip” comes the ultimate “Shark Trip”. Rob Riggle is back and campaigning for his own Shark Week special – but he’ll only get one if he can find a way to bring along some of his celebrity friends and get them to swim with sharks. The trip is booked, the bags are packed, and the adventure is ready to begin – whether or not his friends realize what they’ve signed up for. Produced by Will Packer, Will Packer Media, Anomaly Entertainment, and Haunted Steel Mill in association with Hazmat Productions.
Sharks of the Badlands (Discovery, Monday, July 29, at 8)
White sharks are infiltrating the waters off Cape Cod. This year alone a record 150 white sharks were recorded off the coast, and for the first time in 80 years, a white shark attack turned fatal. Greg Skomal teams up with Andy Casagrande and shark expert Kina Scollay in New Zealand to test the most exciting, cutting-edge new technology for shark detecting surveillance. If all goes well, they hope to bring it back to Cape Cod to make the water safe again. Produced by Anomaly Entertainment.
Legend of Deep Blue (Discovery, Monday, July 29, at 9)
Shark experts Brandon McMillan and Jimi Partington head back to Guadalupe Island to search the depths for Deep Blue. Believed to be the largest great white shark in the world, Deep Blue, measures almost 21 feet long and over 2 and a half tons. If they can locate her, they might be able to shed some light on the mysteries of these deep-sea mega sharks. Produced by Anomaly Entertainment.
The Sharks of Headstone Hell (Discovery, Monday, July 29, at 10)
In the middle of the South Pacific lies a tiny speck of land called Norfolk Island. At the end of the 18th century, it was the site of one of the harshest penal colonies on Earth. But today, it is the gathering spot of some of the largest tiger sharks on earth… and an extraordinary event – full size animal carcasses tossed into the sea by the present-day islanders. Has this practice completely altered the behavior of these massive sharks and made shark attacks on humans more likely when this beef buffet is outlawed? Shark scientist Riley Elliott is on a quest to find out. Produced by Icon Films.
Sharkwrecked: Crash Landing (Discovery, Tuesday, July 30, at 8)
Ramping up the adrenaline levels for SHARKWRECKED: CRASH LANDING, Paul de Gelder & James Glancy bail out of an aircraft at 3500ft to experience first-hand what it’s like to crash land into some of the world’s most remote and shark infested waters. This time the location is Palau in the Pacific, renowned for its rich shark life and many plane wrecks. Produced by Big Wave Productions.
Laws of Jaws: Dangerous Waters (Discovery, Tuesday, July 30 at 9)
You asked for more, you got it! Back by popular demand, hosts Paul de Gelder, Mike Dornellas, Nick LeBeouf, and Jamin Martinelli will put themselves in harm’s way as they reenact 5 recent shark attacks to find out how things could have ended differently. What do you do if you’re surrounded by human or fish blood? Could the electronics we’re bringing into the water be triggering attacks? Our hosts will attempt to answer these questions and more as they stage the most daring shark experiments ever attempted in search of answers. No cages are allowed. Produced by Lucky 8.
Air Jaws Strikes Back (Discovery, Tuesday, July 30 at 10)
Air Jaws returns as shark expert Chris Fallows leads a team of researchers into a newly discovered shark vs. seal battleground at the base of a 200-foot cliff. Here a deadly game of life and death plays out in waist deep water. As the great whites stalk the seal colony, the seals have learned to team up and mount counter attacks against the predators. And for the first time, these extraordinary predatory events are captured in their entirety by the researchers. Produced by Shark Entertainment.
Extinct or Alive: The Lost Shark (Discovery, Wednesday, July 31, at 8)
Wildlife biologist and animal tracker Forrest Galante embarks on a mission to the Indian Ocean to search for the supposedly extinct Pondicherry shark. This rare species was last seen in the 1970s, but recent photos of unidentified sharks around Sri Lanka and the Maldives lead many to believe it could still be alive. Along with his wife Jessica, a team of wildlife experts and filmmakers, Forrest dives into an untamed wilderness to track down this amazing shark. But because of its ability to osmoregulate, meaning it can swim in fresh or saltwater, Forrest must cover tons of ground – including deep ocean, shallow coral reefs, underwater caves, and even jungle rivers. Armed with cutting edge technology including a 3D structure scanner and genetic testing, Forrest’s team leaves no stone unturned in their quest to validate whether or not the photos of a strange shark swimming in the Indian Ocean are Pondicherry. If they can prove it’s still alive, it will be removed off the extinct species list, and they can redouble their efforts to study and protect the Pondicherry’s ongoing existence. Produced by Hot Snakes Media.
Return to Shark Island (Discovery, Thursday, Aug. 1, at 8)
With the help of shark scientist Dr. Craig O’Connell, and the confirmed cooperation of Réunion’s newly established CRA Shark Protection Program, RETURN TO SHARK ISLAND investigates the ongoing shark crisis that is threatening to bring this former island paradise to its knees and sets out to answer the critical questions: Have the islanders’ worst fears come true? Is this so-called ‘spike’ in shark attacks now the new normal? Why have Bull sharks, rarely seen before 2011 on the populous west coast of the island, now apparently made it their home and hunting ground? Why despite all the measures taken by the authorities are people still dying and crucially, what, if anything, can be done about it? Produced by Beyond Productions.
Great White Kill Zone: Guadalupe (Discovery, Thursday, Aug. 1, at 9)
150 miles off the coast of Baja, California, Guadalupe Island is a notorious hot spot for great white sharks. Here to target the abundant seal population, great whites are silent hunters, stalking their prey and killing with a surprise attack. But the waters surrounding Guadalupe Island are crystal clear. So how do they do it? At other white shark hot spots around the world there is always a kill zone – a place where more predation events occur. But here in Guadalupe, an attack has never been witnessed. Now, a team of experts led by Dr. Yannis Papastamatiou and Melissa Marquez, are setting out to record never before seen white shark hunting behaviors. With the help of cutting-edge technology and three kinds of specialist cameras, they aim to discover the location of the Guadalupe Kill Zone. Produced by Arrow Media.
Monster Mako: Perfect Predator (Discovery, Thursday, Aug. 1, at 10)
One of Shark Week’s most exciting missions over the years has been the search for Granders, the largest Makos in the world. Joe Romeiro and Keith Poe revisit the most exciting events and discoveries from Monster Mako and Return of the Monster Mako all leading up to brand new footage captured off the coast of California of rare Mako behavior. Produced by Discovery Creative and Production.
Isle of Jaws: Blood Brothers (Discovery, Friday, Aug. 2, at 8)
An intrepid team of shark explorers ventures out for a third year to the famed Isle of Jaws, a remote island off the West Australian coast. Two great white shark males, believed to be brothers, are at the heart of an intriguing mystery –do these animals recognize, and prefer to live and hunt with, a blood relative? The team endures a runaway submersible, face-to-jaws encounters, and deploys a mini-ROV camera dubbed “The Guppy” that provides some of the most chilling close-up visuals yet. By using the latest in tracking technology, a major mystery is finally solved. Produced by Red Rock Films.
Andrew Mayne: Ghost Diver (Discovery, Friday, Aug. 2, at 9)
Master illusionist, author and inventor Andrew Mayne is going to attempt to create the first-of-its-kind SHARK SUIT to overcome the senses of a great white shark and make him invisible to the world’s most perfect predator… He teams up with underwater cameraman Andy Casagrande and Dr. Neil Hammerschlag on a global quest to uncover the power of the great white’s predation senses – all to prepare him for the ultimate test – putting himself in the middle of a great white frenzy in Australia. Will it work? Andrew’s life depends on it. Produced by Anomaly Entertainment.
I Was Prey: Shark Week (Discovery, Friday, Aug. 2, at 10)
In the Pacific Ocean, danger lurks just below the surface. Along the sundrenched coast of Southern California, single mother Leeanne Ericson is enjoying a relaxing day at the beach when she’s confronted with her worst nightmare – a giant great white shark that grabs her leg and drags her under the water. Off the rugged northern coast of Hawaii, spearfisherman Braxton Rocha is ambushed by a tiger shark so massive it could easily swallow him whole. In the wake of these vicious attacks, both victims must fight through their injuries and the unforgiving elements to reach safety before it’s too late. Produced by Hit + Run Creative.
Sharks Gone Wild 2 (Discovery, Saturday, Aug. 3, at 8)
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. Produced by Main Event Media.
Shark Week Immersion (Discovery, Saturday, Aug. 3, at 9)
Rooster Teeth tackles Shark Week as the Immersion crew answers a wide range of shark-fueled questions by taking some of the most iconic shark moments from pop culture history and bringing them to real life. Produced by Rooster Teeth, Alevy Productions and Critical Content.