Are you ready for some teeth and big appetites? Nat Geo today announced that SharkFest is returning, but instead of two weeks, the event is expanding to three weeks, and will also take place on Nat Geo WILD.
To mark the first day of summer, Nat Geo and Nat Geo WILD announce the return of SharkFest – truly the only fish in the programming sea – as the yearly event prepares to take the biggest bite out of summer television yet with not one, not two, but three teeming weeks of shark programming on both Nat Geo and Nat Geo WILD.
The seventh annual SharkFest launches its first week on Nat Geo beginning Sunday, July 14, while Nat Geo WILD takes the tail end two weeks from July 21 to August 2. The frenzy of programming is 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.
And in the biggest hour of shark programming to hit the airwaves this summer, World’s Biggest Great White? documents the re-emergence of what is thought to be the largest great white shark ever filmed – and she has not been captured on camera in nearly five years! This special puts so much motion in the ocean that it has to be simulcast across two networks.
Nicknamed “Deep Blue” for her arrival and rapid departure, this great white shark, estimated to be 20 feet long and almost two and half tons, is thought to be the largest great white ever caught on camera. Her mysterious nature and massive size have captivated the planet, but she has gone unseen for over five years… until now. Deep Blue has resurfaced, along with two other giant great white sharks, shocking the world with her potential age (which impressively surpasses the average lifespan) and girth, leading some to speculate that she might even be pregnant!
Other SharkFest highlights include a fascinating experiment to determine if the weather can help predict shark attacks in Forecast: Shark Attack and the ultimate Red Wedding-style battle for dominance in Cannibal Sharks. Enjoy a front-row seat to some of the most memorable shark feasts in Great Shark Chow Down, and in Man vs. Shark, join marine biologist Jeremiah Sullivan, who has been developing an armored suit to go nose to nose and fin to fin to help preserve these awe-inspiring animals.
“Nat Geo and Nat Geo WILD are diving in head first with this year’s feeding frenzy of shark content,” said Geoff Daniels, executive vice president of global unscripted entertainment at National Geographic. “SharkFest continues to blow its competition out of the water, growing every year with jaw-dropping, science-first shows that are so unique and compelling that viewers will be totally enthralled, night after night after…night – and this year we’re thrilled to announce our exclusive access to the greatest, most buzzworthy shark superstar in history, Deep Blue.”