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Shark Week Is Back... And Its Got Bite! Shark Week 2009 Schedule Released

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MIAMI, Florida -- Shark Week, cable television's longest-running programming event is back for its 22nd year. Shark Week 2009 will kick off on Sunday August 2, with a two hour hair-raising special about the true story behind Jaws. During the week, Survivorman, Les Stroud, takes viewers on a quest around to the world to find the hottest of shark hotspots. Also, specialists, historians and personal accounts reveal the complexities of shark behavior and bring to light the Great White, the oceans most mysterious and dangerous shark of all! Don’t say we didn’t warn you!

Blood In the Water – 2 hour premiere! Sunday, August 2 at 9 p.m. ET/PT

The true story behind the bloody shark attacks of 1916 that inspired the movie "Jaws." A 9 foot long shark cruises just off the New Jersey beaches. For centuries its ancestors have done exactly the same. But today there’s unusual company. Swimming in the sea has recently become popular amongst a species the shark has never encountered in his world before: human beings. For the shark it’s a novel feeding opportunity. For the humans it’s the beginning of a new relationship between themselves and the ocean, terrifying and fascinating in equal measure. It's the first multiple shark attack in American history, and the reason we fear sharks to this day.

Deadly Waters Monday, August 3 at 9 p.m. ET/PT

Survivorman’s Les Stroud is back for more nail biting - shark chomping action, and this time, he’s taking on the deadliest waters around the world. His quest is simple – which water is the deadliest? Starting from historical data from the Florida Museum Of Natural History’s famed “Shark Attack Files”, Les will begin his journey to test the waters in the world’s sharkiest “hotspots”. Les will work with a team of experts to compound the “count-down” format as he circumnavigates the globe to initiate a series of intense immersive experiments in an effort to determine why the waters are among the deadliest on Earth!

Day of the Shark 2 Monday, August 3 at 10 p.m. ET/PT

See what happens in this harrowing hour, when a great white breaks through a 300-pound aluminum shark cage and traps the divers inside. Another shark tackles a former Navy Seal in shallow waters off the coast of St. Petersburg, Florida. And a bull shark invades a spear-fishing trip in the Bahamas. When you’re a visitor in the vast and complex ocean, any day could be the “Day of the Shark.”

Sharkbite Summer Tuesday, August 4 at 9 p.m. ET/PT

The bite-by-bite account of America's notorious "Summer of the Shark" in 2001. Were the Ocean's apex predators really taking back America's shores? Sharkbite Summer revisits the attack sites and -- using news archive, interviews with victims, witnesses, surgeons, family members and shark experts -- builds an exact picture of the bloody summer of 2001.

Great White Appetite Wednesday, August 5 at 9 p.m. ET/PT

The Great White is one of the most of the most feared predators on earth as well as one of it’s most efficient hunters. The Great White Shark patrols the shores of more than fifty percent of the world’s inhabited coastlines, and yet, besides the fact that they’ve killed thousands of people, we know almost nothing about them. Its incredible appetite is more of a mystery than anything else about the shark. Remarkably, scientists don’t have any accurate data on the Great White’s population, mating, traveling or even what drives their feeding behavior. Observe first hand the experiments that let us uncover the Great Whites unique eating habits. We will travel the globe, stopping at three major Great White feeding grounds – Seal Island, South Africa; Adelaide, Australia and Guadalupe Island, Mexico and administer incredibly visual experiments in an effort to answer this and many other fascinating questions!

Shark After Dark Thursday, August 6 at 9 p.m. ET/PT

Sharks are most aggressive and most active in the dark, but the fact is, we know very little else about the nocturnal nature of these creatures. Now, armed with the latest in infrared thermography cameras and night vision technology, a team of divers travels around the world, and descends into the sharks dangerous after-dark hunting grounds. Their goal is to learn more about how Great Whites, Six-Gills, and Tiger Sharks behave after the sun goes down.

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Reader Comments

26 people have commented so far. cloud add your comment

so basically the discovery channel is promoting the fear of sharks by airing a bunch of shows about how they attack people... thats great, nevermind the thousands of other species that most people have never heard of, lets just keep talking about shark attacks year after year instead of trying to promote conservation by showing how important they are to the health of the ocean, shark week has become a joke
   comment# 1   - adrian · NJ,USA · Jul 20, 2009 @ 5:07am

I just hope this year's shark week focuses more on the conservation and not the aggressive, man-eating stereotype that they've been given. The point of this series of shows is to point out that they are in danger of extinction with overfishing, and its important to protect these creatures. They are not man-eaters, and I hope the creators of shark week see that and try to convey that message as well.
   comment# 2   - Kelly · Minneapolis, USA · Jul 20, 2009 @ 7:16am

Go to and witness first hand encounters with those who have been lost to the sea. You are never safe when swimming in frenzied waters.
   comment# 3   - Frenzied Waters · United States · Jul 20, 2009 @ 9:04am

Discovery Channel has become a joke, they used to be the AUTHORITY in wild life when I was a kid, now they are nothing but a joke. SHARK WEEK should be a week of showing the beauty of the shark and its plight. I guess the only audience DISCOVERY can attract these days are a bunch of uneducated adrenaline junkies that live for blood guts and gore.
   comment# 4   - Paul · South Africa · Jul 20, 2009 @ 11:03pm

i really like shark week. i was raised in myrtle beach, summers were spent in the ocean...nothing that the discovery channel could show about sharks can keep me out of the ocean.we have to face it, shark attacks happen...we need to learn from them, how to keep them from happening again. i don't see anybody getting angry over pit bulls being put down just for being a pit bull...we all need a healthy dose of common sense
   comment# 5   - Jennifer · South Carolina, USA · Jul 22, 2009 @ 7:28am

they don't feel pain and you eat fish and meat so why cant we tattoo them i think the guy who created hot dogs isn't being yelled at for name ing it after dogs i have a point if you knew how my brain worked growl who cares what other people do so mind you own business fool uh huh so get a life stop blogging OK sweet thang punk and don't laugh at me for blogging because i accidentally found this
   comment# 6   - Christopher · Pennsylvania, USA · Jul 22, 2009 @ 10:11pm

   comment# 7   - BRENDA · ROCHESTER,PA · Jul 23, 2009 @ 5:00pm

The article states that white sharks have killed thousands of people--this is a complete falsehood and a rediculous exaggeration. From the sound of it, Discovery has resorted to the kind of sensationalist nonsense that results in our hating these animals rather than respecting them.
   comment# 8   - Mike · Philadelphia, USA · Jul 24, 2009 @ 8:53am

Who are these high brow losers complaining about shark week??? My guess is they are the same pie in the sky folk who believe cap and tax will be a net job creator in America.
   comment# 9   - David · USA · Jul 26, 2009 @ 5:51pm

David - thinking shark week sucks anymore has nothing to do with being a democrat or republican it has to do with crappy repetitive programing that often has false information... assuming your a republican im guessing your still venting like the rest of the bitter republicans who are all pissy becuase they lost the presidential election
   comment# 10   - adrian · NJ, USA · Jul 31, 2009 @ 5:47am

I really hate when the political GEEKS start running their yaps.
   comment# 11   - Troy · USA · Aug 1, 2009 @ 8:25pm

It's obvious all outside support for the Discovery channel about shark week from the scientific community has been pulled. Now the producers are allowed full reign on their programming choices without having to compromise with any experts. Shark week is pretty much dead to me. Call it Great White Sharks Eat People Week instead, because there sure as hell isn't anything worthwhile coming out of this week long special anymore for anybody that knows the slightest bit about sharks and marine species. As for David up there, this sensationalist week is perfect for people like that, which is the only segment of the population shark week even caters to anymore. Everytime a shark eats somebody, an angel gets its wings.
   comment# 12   - SS2K8 · Dover, DE · Aug 2, 2009 @ 7:42am

Complain all you want about the programming based on your personal preferences, but don't cry foul when Discovery documentaries recount actual instances of human predation by the same man-eating sharks you claim attack people due to nonsensical, unscientific theories such as "mistaken identity." If you people purport to have some scientific insight to explain away why sharks attack people other than one that coincides their ecological niche, let's hear it. Put your cards on the table. But to suggest that there is no "science" in drawing the proper inferences and sociobilogical conclusions from sharks attacking and consuming people is double folly. Not only do you claim to have "real science" on your side, you turn away from reality because your worldview is easier to reconcile with Nature's laws. That is the opposite of Science. Conservation is great, but spare us the "enlightened people know that sharks are not 'man-eaters" party line. Just ask the last few groups of Hatian immigrants rafting over here. The boats hit reefs, the sharks arrived, the sharks predictably behaved like sharks (realizing a feeding opportunity at a hapless prey's expense) and nobody has heard from the missing swimmers since. Enter the water, enter the food chain.
   comment# 13   - dru · Solana Beach · Aug 3, 2009 @ 1:50pm

I agree with previous comments; Discovery Channel has taken Shark Week in the wrong direction. Scaring all the kids does not teach science!
   comment# 14   - Joseph M.B. · Beavercreek, Ohio · Aug 4, 2009 @ 11:54am

This is the worst shark week I have ever watched. I love sharks and really enjoy educational shows about sharks but this year sucks! Let's make all sharks out to be man-hunting eating machines... great idea. Most people believe that already. This certainly doesn't help people get educated or make them want to protect sharks from the finning that goes on around the world.
   comment# 15   - Scott · Salt Ponds, VA · Aug 4, 2009 @ 5:53pm

Want to know what makes me steamed? Shark Week doesn’t have enough predation to satiate my mind’s fascination, enough "mistaken identity" imagination. And anyone that expressly or implicitly suggests people whom understand White sharks, Tigers and Bulls are man-eaters would enjoy watching "Blood in the Water." I watched five minutes of it, just flipping through and I thought it was a cross between Little Houseboat on the Prarie and CSI Flipper. Second thing. People of the larger world may seem ignorant but in the end common sense abides. If you don't think these sharks attack people as a tertiary prey item, youtube the "White shark attack, Chile" and "Dr. Ritter, bull shark" to see that "camera got them images, camera got them all" and your wishful thinking (i.e., mistaken identity) is just that, wishful thinking trying to inculcate a new, "green" groupthink that, what, at least five species of sharks are not deadly if one is an uncompromising position (e.g., the USS Indianapolis just...sank)?Instead of making a bed inside my ear, how's this: you walk the plank off of Dyer Island h20. If there is nothing to fear, replicate the conditions of Dr. Ritter's SCIENTIFIC EXPERIMENT with Nigel Martin as witness, that Bull sharks have "no interest" in us as prey, don't wear gray, the men in grey suits will be on their way. But does anyone come to the cage as I em
   comment# 16   - dru · Solana Beach, CA · Aug 5, 2009 @ 12:44am

Sharks are endangered species - and as apex predators in the marine ecosystem, it's important for all our sakes that they are conserved. It would be great if the Discovery Channel were to screen a more balanced programme, for example including the excellent "Sharkwater", which would enable a much more informed debate around the topic.
   comment# 17   - Claire Garner · Hong Kong · Aug 5, 2009 @ 1:11am

I agree that this is the worst shark week ever. I have watched shark week every year and this year is all about sensationalism not about research and facts. This year portrays sharks as mindless eating machines out to kill everyone who goes into the water. Why would anyone want to protect sharks after watching this ridiculous hype?
   comment# 18   - Kristin · Houston, TX · Aug 5, 2009 @ 10:50am

Seeing the sacks and sacks of Shark's Fin's arriving here everyday in Hong Kong it's a wonder there are any sharks left. SHAME on Discovery Channel for continuing to promote mankinds fear of sharks. With the power a channel like Discovery has they should be using it to lead the conservation efforts not sell them out just for ratings.
   comment# 19   - Gary Stokes · Hong Kong · Aug 5, 2009 @ 6:51pm

If you guys bothered to watch you would see it's more than "OMG ALL SHARKS EAT PPL LOL". It's not a good shark week by any means but they chose a theme and went with it. They wanted to see why the few shark attacks happen. Sure, looking at the titles of the programs you would think it's all about demonizing sharks but if you cared to watch the programs you would see how wrong you all are.
   comment# 20   - John · USA · Aug 6, 2009 @ 6:02am

Well I happened to enjoy Shark Week this year... Granted I did like last years a bit better but still very good, Just watched Sharks after Dark and found it to be Great! And I still feel that the Discovery Channel does a fantastic job!
   comment# 21   - Todd · Lakeland, USA · Aug 6, 2009 @ 8:47pm

Well, sorry I watched most of Shark Week and sharks eat people. As one of the victim's father explained, statistics are just that- statistics. Predatory fish are in the business of realizing feeding opportunities. Listening to the victims' account, you would think that all the people that complain that Shark Week is scientifically "inaccurate" are not looking at the actual data. When Dr. Ritter says "I just don't think there is a shark who wants to hurt somebody," that is a half-truth. They are only hungry.
   comment# 22   - dru · Solana Beach · Aug 7, 2009 @ 11:14am

This was the worst shark week ever. I tuned in hoping to learn something new and I was so disappointed. Everything was so sensationalized, especially the program on Sunday where the attacking shark on the lake or river was a hugh great white instead of the bull shark that it really was and as was shown during a top ten Deadliest shark special shown during Shark Week a couple of year ago. Discovery Cahnnel should be ashamed of themselves. This year's program did not do anything to aid the preservation and was a disgrace!!!
   comment# 23   - Kristin · USA · Aug 7, 2009 @ 6:47pm

In response to John's letter, I did indeed try and watch all the new Shark Week shows and was so digusted in the first 10 minutes that I had to switch the channel. Especially the show where the boy was attacked by a bull shark and the audience was subjected to (fake) bloody stumps and footage of the dying shark on the sand. Blood in the Water was not any better. I did watch Sharks after Dark and it was better than the others. Please know your facts before you think the worst of people (and sharks for that matter).
   comment# 24   - Kristin · Houston, TX · Aug 10, 2009 @ 11:29am

i look forward to shark week every summer but this year it seemed to really suck. There seemed to be to be way less about sharks then usual as in airing more of their regular shows like cash cab randomly throughout each day (not that there's anything wrong with shows like cash cab) it's just it was shark week so i wanted to watch shows on sharks all day. Also, a lot the shows seemed to be reruns from last year like the one guy bringing sharks into tonic and the couple episodes of myth busters they have dedicated to sharks and the movie jaws. Then on top of that they did nothing but make sharks seem more aggressive and scary then they actually are. Even though they kept saying sharks are not mindless man-eating machines they did the total opposite with the shows they aired mostly about shark attacks. Now, my little sister is completely afraid of them and is saying she won't go swimming in the ocean when we go to NC in a few weeks which is a shame. Thanks a lot discovery channel.
   comment# 25   - Zach · Detroit, MI · Aug 10, 2009 @ 8:13pm

I like sharks too. Unfortuantley I actually didn't get to see this year's Shark Week. I admit that in the past they have sometimes focused on the predation of sharks, but that is what they are. They have also shown how you can prevent attacks and what their other behaviors are like, which helps people to more educated to not getting attack thus lessens the need to hate & fear them. The bottom line is yes, they're dangerous and should be absolutely taken seriously-they can cut bone and take of limbs easily-, however, it is fact that you have more chances of getting struck by lightning than you do of a shark attack. I have a dvd on sharks and most of the time on the show when the cast were swimming with the sharks they didn't get attacked. The only exception was when a guy was purposefully trying to get attacked and stood in the middle of a feeding frenzy. Sharks simply are predators just like tigers and if you want to enjoy the beach (perhaps the company of sharks if you're a shark enthusiast) you don't provoke a shark when it is near & you follow the expert's advice on how to avoid getting bitten. One last thing, as for the whole man-eating shark. Yes, that can occur, but very rarely. A shark either has to be very seriously injured, in an enviornment absent of its usual prey, or has to have opportunity to consume humans on a regular basis to acquire a taste for them and see them as potential food sources.
   comment# 26   - Brandi · Springdale, AR · Aug 29, 2009 @ 9:00am
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