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Shark Week begins Aug. 4 on Discovery Channel

Melissa Hayer Published: July 2, 2013

Eleven shark-centric programs are included in this year’s edition of Discovery Channel’s Shark Week, up from eight programs last year, in addition to the first-ever Shark Week talk show, “Shark After Dark.”

Shark Week begins at 8 p.m. Aug. 4.

Details on Shark Week, provided by Discovery Channel, are as follows:

SHARK WEEK, television’s longest running must-see summer TV event, returns to Discovery Channel on Sunday, August 4 at 7 PM. Building upon last year’s eight shark-filled specials, a whopping 11 SHARK WEEK episodes, coupled with the first ever late night SHARK WEEK talk show, gives this year’s SHARK WEEK the most premiere hours ever featured in the 26-year history of the event.

One of this year’s SHARK WEEK firsts is Shark After Dark, Discovery’s new late-night talk show that will air each evening during SHARK WEEK. Our host will lead viewers through an hour-long celebration of all things shark-related with segments that highlight favorite moments from SHARK WEEK. The show also features unexpected guests, shark experts, shark attack survivors, and more.

Following a year of shark encounters closely followed by the media, Sharkpocalypse examines the trend of sharks moving in closer to shorelines and debates whether there is a connection between declining shark populations and the increase in shark attacks.

Another first this year is Shark Cam, a robot submarine that is used to track sharks in a new and exciting way.  Return of Jaws includes spectacular footage of Shark Cam following Great White Sharks living and hunting off the shores of Cape Cod. Footage of a 17-foot Great White is seen at close range over a five hour period as the shark hunts seal colonies, comes close to shore in less than four feet of water, and takes a chilling interest in one specific area.

In Megalodon: The Monster Shark Lives (WT), Discovery brings SHARK WEEK viewers on a search for a massive killer great white shark responsible for a rash of fatalities off the coast of South Africa. One controversial scientist believes that the shark responsible could be Megalodon, a 60-foot relative of the great white that is one of the largest and most powerful predators in history. Our oceans remain 95% unexplored, and this massive prehistoric predator has always been shrouded in secrecy, but after a rash of newly discovered evidence, authorities are forced to investigate whether this predator, long thought to be extinct, could still be lurking in our deepest oceans. A crew of scientists and shark experts examine evidence.

I Escaped Jaws features yet another SHARK WEEK first as we utilize for the first time real shark attack footage captured by eye-witnesses to examine harrowing first-hand accounts from everyday people who stared into the jaws of a shark and survived. Some used their wits; some relied on experience, and all lived to share their chilling stories.

A lesser-known shark “hot spot” is explored in Voodoo Sharks, where Bull Shark populations have moved beyond oceans and U.S. coasts to the bayous of Louisiana. Nicknamed Œ”Voodoo Sharks” by local shrimp fishermen, these Bull Sharks have the extraordinary ability to live in both salt and fresh water environments. They show up by the hundreds in the bayous of Louisiana and create more than just confusion for those who encounter these dominant and startling predators for the first time.

Natural history producer Jeff Kurr returns to SHARK WEEK after 2011′s Emmy-nominated Ultimate Air Jaws and 2012′s Air Jaws Apocalypse. In Great White Serial Killer, Kurr sets out to examine two fatal shark attacks near Vandenberg Air force base in California and uses evidence found at both sites to try to determine if one shark was responsible for both attacks.

Air Jaws programming has pushed and expanded our understanding of Great Whites sharks and has become one of the iconic SHARK WEEK programs. In Air Jaws: Beyond the Breach, a documentary crew goes behind the scenes to see how Air Jaws has changed what we know about these incredible creatures and to give shark week viewers a sneak peek into the next Air Jaws special, Finding Colossus, which will air during SHARK WEEK 2014.

Also slated this year is Spawn of Jaws which follows a scientist on the brink of a breakthrough as he reveals the life cycle of the Great White Shark for the first time, including mating and pupping. The Great White Gauntlet (WT) explores the dangers of abalone diving, which can be both lucrative and dangerous because it happens in one of the most deadly shark feeding grounds in the world where the Great White Sharks prowl. Top 10 Sharkdown updates the international shark attack files for the 21st century and takes a closer look at the sharks you don’t want to meet this summer — and the ones you’re most likely to encounter. And Alien Monster Sharks follows American and Japanese scientists as they descend into the deepest and darkest unexplored oceans on earth in search of some of the more incredible and bizarre sharks on the planet, from the Goblin shark to the elusive, giant Megamouth shark.

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