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Shark Fest on Nat Geo Wild

Wall to wall sharks coming to National Geographic Wild this July

Television’s fiercest sharks return with more teeth than ever, for the eighth annual Shark Fest this July. Packed with incredible stories from the world’s leading scientists along with wall-to-wall sharks, National Geographic Wild is your go-to channel for the most sharks per square centimetre of television.

The answers to When Sharks Attack will be revealed on Saturdays, from 6 July at 18:00 CAT, with no less than eight episodes in this fin-tastic series, played in double bills. Experts try explain why Florida’s coastline is known as the shark capital of the world and why Reunion is one of the world’s deadliest islands after a sudden twenty-three horrifying attacks, including nine fatalities.  Investigators believe they must solve the greatest shark attack mystery of all time before history repeats itself, off the coast of Jersey, and they try understand why, after centuries of living in harmony, the number of attacks by the Great Whites prowling the coast of West Australia sky-rocketed.

On Sundays from 18:00 CAT, we take a look at the many shark species in our oceans, starting with Cannibal Sharks, on 7 July, in which two of the world’s leading shark experts unpack and analyze the mounting evidence that shark-on-shark attacks happen a lot more than we ever realized. In the Shark Kill Zone, the surprisingly diverse ways sharks hunt and the solutions they have found to catching prey are revealed, on 14 July. In Man vs Shark, on 21 July, we follow Jeremiah Sullivan’s lifelong mission he describes as “one man, one shark, no cages” for mankind since he first jumped in the water with the oceans most infamous predators 50 years ago. In a world-first, scientists catch, crane-lift, and relocate huge Bull sharks away from busy Noumea harbour to a pristine coral reef, far from people in Operation Sharklift, on Sunday 28 July.

Sundays get even more teeth in the three part series Eyewitness Shark Attack, from 18:48 CAT, as shark attacks caught on video reveal clues to help us understand these finned creatures like never before. Prepare for some frightening moments as a great white lunges for a shark researcher, or when a cage diver is horrified when a shark gets stuck in the cage, and there is simply no way out.

It all culminates in a shark feeding celebration on an epic scale, produced right here in South African waters, with the Great Shark Chow Down, on 28 July at 19:00 CAT. From high speed attacks to pack hunts, sharks have evolved to hunt in extraordinary ways, but how do they do it? The world’s leading scientists and cinematographers relive 5 five extraordinary shark feeding events. From being surrounded at night by 700 grey reek sharks, to 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; this is an unmatched exploration of from around the world. Shark expert, Greg Skomal also leaves the viewer with the sobering reminder that shark numbers worldwide are in decline.

No Sharkasm intended…  Get out of the water and in front of your television, because you wouldn’t want to miss a single bite of Shark Fest 2019, only on National Geographic Wild.


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