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Shark Week 2017

(Los Angeles) – SHARK WEEK, television’s longest-running and eagerly awaited summer TV event returns to Discovery Channel on Sunday, July 23 at 7:00 PM ET/PT and continues through Sunday, July 30. In addition, the most decorated Olympian of all time, Michael Phelps makes a splash with the most interesting race of his career, and gets schooled on everything ‘shark’ at the Bimini Shark Lab. Chris Noth also joins the SHARK WEEK action and finds out there’s more to New York than Carrie Bradshaw as he narrates SHARKS AND THE CITY: NEW YORK. Celebrating its 29th anniversary, SHARK WEEK delivers all-new groundbreaking shark stories incorporating innovative research technology to reveal compelling insight on some of the most unique shark species in the world. Finally, this is the first year in the franchise’s history that SHARK WEEK will sync up around the world, airing during the same week on Discovery Channel in more than 220 countries and territories.

Check out SHARK WEEK 2017’s fintastic programming schedule here:


Every two years in October - in 2008, 2010, 2012 and 2014 - a secluded beach on the central California coast has been the scene of great white shark attacks. Is it the same shark returning again and again? And will the attacks continue in October 2016?  Dr. Michael Domeier believes the Surf Beach attacks may be more than a tragic coincidence. With the help of shark experts Ralph Collier and Cal Lutheran, and using satellite tags and DNA technology, he wants to out the killer once and for all. Produced by Shark Entertainment.


They are one of the fastest and most efficient predators on the planet: Sharks. He is our greatest champion to ever get in the water: Michael Phelps. 39 world records. 23 Olympic golds. But he has one competition left to win. An event so monumental no one has ever attempted it before. The world’s most decorated athlete takes on the ocean’s most efficient predator: Phelps V Shark – the race is on! Produced by Peacock Productions.

SHARK-CROC SHOWDOWN – Airing Sunday, July 23 at 9:10PM ET/PT

Dr. Mark Meekan and conservationist Paul de Gelder go on an expedition to one the sharkiest places in the world - a remote wilderness called the Cobourg Peninsula in the Northern Territory of Australia. Meekan is there to count sharks and species as part of Vulcan’s Global FinPrint project – Paul de Gelder’s going because he heard that sharks and crocs fight over sea turtles out there. What happens when 14-foot crocodiles move into shark infested waters? That’s what they’re going to find out! Produced by Big Wave.

GREAT HAMMERHEAD INVASION – Airing Sunday, July 23 at 10:10PM ET/PT

Early November, giant hammerheads arrive off Bimini, in the Bahamas. But why? Leading shark scientist Tristan Guttridge tags and follows these normally solitary sharks to find out. Many appear to be pregnant females, as an ultrasound of a female hammerhead shows. Guttridge believes they spend winter in Bimini to feed the growing young in their bellies – and then move on to the Florida coast to prey on migrating blacktips – and the evidence is unmistakable. Produced by Icon Films.

SHARK VORTEX – Airing Monday, July 24 at 8PM ET/PT

Each summer the Gulf Stream pushes north into the waters of southern New England, bringing with it 30 species of shark. Greg Skomal and Joe Romeiro study the annual spectacle, focusing on three sharks – makos, great whites, and porbeagles – that can out-swim, out-think, and out-compete all the others. Produced by 333 Productions and Radley Studios.

RETURN TO THE ISLE OF JAWS – Airing Monday, July 24 at 9PM ET/PT

Divers and scientists RETURN TO THE ISLE OF JAWS to unlock the mysteries of this new great white hot spot, just south of Western Australia. They make a startling discovery that causes us to re-think of everything we thought we knew about great whites. Produced by Red Rock Films.

ALIEN SHARKS: STRANGER FINS – Airing Monday, July 24 at 10PM ET/PT

ALIEN SHARKS is back in search of some of the world's strangest sharks.  Dr. Craig O'Connell goes to the Bass Strait for sawsharks, while Victoria Elena Vasquez and Dr. David Ebert go into deep water in Tokyo Bay to find the star of the show, the goblin shark. They find both sawsharks and goblins - and many more, including ghost sharks, frilled sharks, and the amazing luminescent lantern shark. Produced by Discovery Studios.

SHARKS AND THE CITY: LA – Airing Tuesday, July 25 at 9PM ET/PT

Along the coastline of LA, great white sharks are increasing and they seem to be hunting out of season. Dr. Chris Lowe, Director of the CSULB Shark Lab, wants to know why. His investigation takes him to Guadalupe Island, off Mexico, where he finds the answer. Produced by Arrow Media.

SHARKS AND THE CITY: NEW YORK – Airing Tuesday, July 25 at 10PM ET/PT

For decades, great white shark numbers were in decline in the waters around New York. But now, seals are back in New York Harbor – can the great whites be far behind? Marine biologist Craig O’Connell tries to find out how close they really are, and shows what a future with great whites in New York will look like. Produced by Pangolin Pictures.

THE LOST CAGE – Airing Wednesday, July 26 at 9PM ET/PT

A team of explorers float in a one-of-a-kind shark cage, 500 miles into the Gulf of Mexico. Acting as human lures in the open ocean will they encounter its deadliest shark? Produced by Gurney Entertainment.

DEVIL SHARKS – Airing Wednesday, July 26 at 10PM ET/PT

From active to extinct, and at every stage in between, volcanoes hold a strong attraction for sharks of all kinds. Across the world, sharks congregate and concentrate around volcanoes and volcanic islands. What is it about volcanoes that make them shark hotspots? Dr. Mike Heithaus dives in several volcanoes to find out. Produced by Pangolin Pictures.

SHARK EXILE – Airing Thursday, July 27 at 9PM ET/PT

In Brazil, Dr. Hazin has successfully reduced the number of shark encounters by simply catching and moving sharks out to the open sea. What’s his secret? And can this solution work in Australia, where encounters are a problem? Produced by Sealight Pictures.

SHARK STORM – Airing Thursday, July 27 at 10PM ET/PT

At various times of the year and in different locations around the world, sharks of many kinds gather, swarm, and spiral. Dr. Tristan Guttridge Ornella Weideli  conduct a study of just what brings them together, and what’s going on in these shark ‘societies’. Produced by Red Rock Films.

AFRICAN SHARK SAFARI – Airing Friday, July 28 at 9PM ET/PT

Madagascar is NOT known as a location for great white sharks. According to the shark sanctuary here, both great whites and tigers are ‘extinct’ in Madagascan waters. So why has a great white shark, tagged in South Africa, travelled 1500 miles up the African coast to Madagascar? Craig O'Connell and the team make the long journey to the remote island nation to investigate and see if Madagascar is the next big great white shark hotspot. Produced by Arrow Media.

LAIR OF THE SAWFISH – Airing Friday, July 28 at 10PM ET/PT

Experts unravel the mystery behind one of the sea’s strangest creatures, the sawfish, from its evolutionary links to sharks and rays, to its key role in the marine ecosystem. Their goal is to bring the sawfish back from the brink of extinction. Produced by Radley Studios and Delve Creative.

SHARKMANIA – Airing Saturday, July 29 at 9PM ET/PT

A rundown of the greatest moments from SHARK WEEK 2017, featuring the closest calls, biggest bites, greatest gadgets, and viewers’ top picks for the best of SHARK WEEK history. Produced by Discovery Studios.


Michael Phelps joins Doc Gruber and Tristan Guttridge of the Bimini Shark Lab to get a crash course on everything ‘shark.’ They’ll dispel the myths and common misconceptions, teach him how to safely dive with sharks - including how to stay calm when a hammerhead swims two feet above his face - and will get Michael Phelps up close and personal with the incredible power of a great white.  Produced by Peacock Productions.

 SHARK WEEK 2017 Programming Schedule

(All times ET/PT)


Sunday, July 23:

7:00 PM                                  GREAT WHITE SERIAL KILLER LIVES

8:00 PM                                  PHELPS VS. SHARK: GREAT GOLD VS GREAT WHITE

9:10 PM                                  SHARK-CROC SHOWDOWN

10:10 PM                                GREAT HAMMERHEAD INVASION

11:10 PM                                SHARK AFTER DARK


Monday, July 24:

8:00 PM                                  SHARK VORTEX

9:00 PM                                  RETURN TO THE ISLE OF JAWS 

10:00 PM                                ALIEN SHARKS: STRANGER FINS

11:00 PM                                SHARK AFTER DARK

 Tuesday, July 25:

9:00 PM                                  SHARKS AND THE CITY: LA

10:00 PM                                SHARKS AND THE CITY: NEW YORK

11:00 PM                                SHARK AFTER DARK

Wednesday, July 26:

9:00 PM                                  THE LOST CAGE 

10:00 PM                                DEVIL SHARKS

11:00 PM                                SHARK AFTER DARK

 Thursday, July 27:

9:00 PM                                  SHARK EXILE

10:00 PM                                SHARK STORM

11:00 PM                                SHARK AFTER DARK

 Friday, July 28:

9:00 PM                                  AFRICAN SHARK SAFARI 

10:00 PM                                LAIR OF THE SAWFISH

Saturday, July 29:

9:00 PM                                  SHARKMANIA

Sunday, July 30:

8:00 PM                                  SHARK SCHOOL WITH MICHAEL PHELPS

In addition to all the fascinating programming SHARK WEEK has to offer, Discovery will leave no shark fan behind, bringing the SHARK WEEK experience to viewers in new and innovative ways through digital and social media platforms, partnerships with nonprofit groups, affiliates, education programs, and more.

 SHARK WEEK has long been a celebrated summer trending topic, making online and social media a jaws-dropping treat for viewers.

Leading up to and during SHARK WEEK, Discovery Channel will cover the latest shark news, scientific findings, and everything you ever wanted to know about sharks. Fans who follow SHARK WEEK on FacebookInstagram, and Twitter will receive daily video updates all summer long featuring incredible shark facts and the planet’s most jaw-dropping shark footage. continues to be the best destination for all things "shark" online. Featuring an ocean of shark facts, Sharkopedia expands once again this year with even more stunning photography, video, expert interviews, and interactive experiences.

Discovery Channel is encouraging all fans and shark enthusiasts to share their passion and insight about sharks online – including the issues our finned friends face – through the Shark Finbassadors program. During SHARK WEEK, the Shark Finbassadors program will feature top shark scientists, filmmakers and advocates, who will connect with fans through live video Q&As and take over Shark Week’s Instagram account to highlight their work in the field.

This year, SHARK WEEK fans will dive into the action in Virtual Reality as famed underwater cinematographer Andy Casagrande captures the schooling hammerheads of Cocos Island in full 360, and a renowned illustrator recreates an iconic scene from this year’s SHARK WEEK line-up with the 3D/VR painting application Google Tilt Brush.

Rounding out this year’s online and social media offering: Lunch With the Sharks LIVE in partnership with the National Aquarium, broadcast via LIVE Facebook 360 Video (a Shark Week first!); Instagram takeovers from the world’s top underwater photographers; previews and highlights from this year’s SHARK WEEK lineup; shark GIF’s, memes and stickers; a “seal protest” takeover of the SHARK WEEK accounts; shark countdowns and listicles; and oceans more!

Oceana and Discovery are teaming up again to help save our sharks. From working with other major brands to help raise money for Oceana’s shark conservation efforts, activating shark tagging trips, and developing content to educate fans on the importance of sharks in our ecosystem.

Nearly all of Discovery’s affiliate partners are participating in promotion around SHARK WEEK with advanced screenings, sneak peeks, Shark adventure sweepstakes, social and digital promotions and a robust On Demand slate. Details include pre-premiere screenings and family day events and cross channel spots across all major markets nationwide. 

SHARK WEEK will be supported through the company’s Discovery Education division, the leading provider of standards-aligned digital content and professional development for K-12 classrooms, serving 4.5 million educators and 50 million students.  Discovery Education will engage students in the important topics of biodiversity, ocean conservation and sharks through the integration of SHARK WEEK videos in both Discovery Education Streaming Plus and Discovery Education Science Techbook and complementing these videos with a variety of classroom activities, lessons, virtual reality content, and immersive virtual experiences.  


SHARK WEEK continues to dominate summer television. Last year, SHARK WEEK programming reached a massive 36.3M total viewers and ranked #1 across adults, men and women 18-49 and 18-34 in primetime. During SHARK WEEK 2016, Discovery was cable’s #1 network in both Primetime and Total Day across adults, men, and women 25-54. Shark After Dark, SHARK WEEK’s late-night talk show, hosted by filmmaker Eli Roth, was ranked as basic cable’s #1 Late Night talk show across adults, men, and women 25-54, 18-49, and 18-34.

SHARK WEEK fans can gear up for excitement with everything from toys, backpacks, lunch boxes and drinkware available at Toys “R” Us.  Aeropostale is offering an exclusive line of SHARK WEEK t-shirts.  Other retailers include Wal-Mart, Macy’s and Michaels.  Keep the SHARK WEEK celebrations going all summer long with must-have products available exclusively on, from themed t-shirts and sweatshirts to DVDs. Discovery At Sea, in partnership with Princess Cruises, will deck out four ships in its fleet for SHARK WEEK, featuring premiere screening parties, games, giveaways and much more. Presented by Fathom Events and Discovery Channel, “SHARK WEEK at the Movies” hits U.S. movie theaters for a special one-night premiere event on Tuesday, July 18 at 7:30 p.m. local time. Tickets can now be purchased online by visiting or at participating theater box offices for this exclusive debut, featuring a special new episode from Shark Week 2017, “RETURN TO THE ISLE OF JAWS” along with a fan favorite from Shark Week 2016, “RETURN OF MONSTER MAKO.”

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