STATEN ISLAND, N.Y. — Sharks will take over your TV for six weeks this July during National Geographic’s ninth annual SharkFest.
The must-see summer event starts on Monday, July 5, with the premiere of the marquee SharkFest special, “Shark Beach with Chris Hemsworth” at 9 p.m., preceded by the first episode of “When Sharks Attack” at 8 p.m., according to a news release from National Geographic.
If you are cord-cutter you can watch SharkFest on fuboTV, which is currently offering a free trial.
There will be six weeks of shark programming, featuring more than 21 hours of new premieres, 60 hours of enhanced content, and a treasure trove of archival footage. SharkFest will continue to highlight the science and cinematic visuals of the apex predators, according to the news release.
For the first time ever, premium content will continue to be available on National Geographic, Nat Geo WILD, and Nat Geo Mundo — but will also make select series and specials available post-premiere on Disney XD and Disney+ the following Fridays.
Disney+ will stream the shark content for fans to enjoy beginning July 9. It will also debut the best SharkFest programming from the previous eight seasons beginning June 25.
Disney XD gets in on the action for the first time beginning July 10 — with 12 hours of shark programming premiering every Saturday and Sunday through July 25.
Hulu will also stream the shark action by featuring all six previous seasons of the hit show, “When Sharks Attack,” which is available now throughout all of SharkFest. The deep-sea saga employs underwater photography, news archives and testimonials to deep dive into mysterious and deadly shark attacks, according to National Geographic.
Here’s a look at the full schedule of new programming for SharkFest. Dates are subject to change.
Monday, July 5
8 p.m. — When Sharks Attack
The world’s local beaches quickly turn deadly in this terror-filled deep-sea saga when sharks descend, shocking the local community and sending scientists reeling. This program will question what causes these spikes in activity and how they can be prevented.
9 p.m. — Shark Beach with Chris Hemsworth
Actor Chris Hemsworth is on a mission to uncover the science of shark behavior and discover how humans and sharks can safely coexist. After an increase in local shark attacks along the east coast of Australia, he seeks to understand the different species of sharks and behaviors while exploring new preventative measures and the latest technology to help stave off shark encounters. It also features underwater conservationist and legend Valerie Taylor.
10 p.m. Rogue Shark?
In October 2018, the remote islands of the Whitsunday in Australia were rocked by a series of shark attacks, and all the victims were attacked in the same small patch of ocean, no larger than four football fields. Was a rogue serial killer shark on the loose, or was something new drawing sharks and humans into conflict?
Tuesday, July 6
10 p.m. — Orca vs. Great White
Off the coast of South Africa in 2017, orcas began hunting and killing great white sharks. And now researchers in New Zealand work to discover if it could happen again. They investigate this murder mystery and seek answers by diving with several shark populations — wondering if local orcas developed a taste for great white sharks.
Wednesday, July 7
10 p.m. — Shark Gangs
Sharks have been viewed for years as solitary predators, but scientists recently discovered a surprising new behavior. The special reveals how sharks like to hang out in gangs, but questions what is behind this behavior, if sharks enjoy a social life, or if they are working together to become more effective hunters.
Thursday, July 8
10 p.m. — Croc That Ate Jaws
From mysterious severed heads and ambush attacks to mob hunts and stand-offs, what happens when two of the deadliest predators on the planet go head-to-head?
Friday, July 9
10 p.m. — World’s Most Dangerous Shark?
The great white has a reputation for being the scariest in the sea, but Explorer Jacques Cousteau called the oceanic whitetip “The most dangerous of all sharks …” Two teams of experts dive deep into the world of the oceanic whitetip to reveal what makes this species a top contender for the title of “world’s most dangerous shark.”
Sunday, July 11
7 p.m. — Eyewitness Shark: Fin Frenzy
The Disney XD original has experts break down amazing shark viral videos and reveal clues to help us understand sharks like never before.
Monday, July 12
9 p.m. — Shark Attack Files
This action-packed series is an investigation into bizarre and fascinating shark behavior. Featuring footage from actual attacks, interactions and behavior captured by both professionals and observant bystanders, every twist and turn leaves viewers sitting on the edge of their seats. Scientific experts and investigators dive deeper into the mystery of these unexplained behaviors and come to a stunning revelation that ties these extraordinary events together.
10 p.m. — Shark Attack Investigation: The Paige Winter Story
Paige Winter was only 17 years old when she lost a leg and portion of her hand to a shark. Experts unpack the details of Paige’s attack to determine what kind of shark is responsible and what can be done, if anything, to avoid this happening again. Despite all Paige has lived through, this inspirational teen remains an advocate for sharks and, with the guidance of professionals, takes brave steps to overcome her greatest fears.
Tuesday, July 13
10 p.m. — World’s Biggest Bull Shark?
It was a freak encounter that broke all the records. In 2012, off the coast of Florida, shark scientist Dr. Neil Hammerschlag caught the mother of all bull sharks — it stretched more than 10-feet long and weighed over 1,000 pounds! They named her Big Bull and set her free. Bull sharks in Florida patrol the beaches, terrifyingly close the swimmers, and feast on seasonal migrations of baitfish. Many long thought these sharks were just well-fed, but now some scientists believe that Big Bull is the matriarch of a unique population of giants. There is only one way to find out … and you gotta get close.
Thursday, July 15
10 p.m. — Killer Shark Vs. Killer Whale
The mystery of orcas attacking great white sharks for their livers leaves scientists baffled. This unusual predatory behavior has been witnessed in three parts of the world: California, South Africa and Australia. But the most shocking outcome is the disappearance of the other sharks after the event. How are they communicating with their kin and getting out of dodge when the killer whales move in?
Friday, July 23
Playing with Sharks — premieres on Disney+
A true pioneer in both underwater filmmaking and shark research, Valerie Taylor is a living legend and icon in the underwater world whose life’s work has become the basis for much of what we know about sharks today.
Through remarkable underwater archival footage, along with interviews with Valerie herself, “Playing with Sharks,” from National Geographic Documentary Films and twice Emmy-nominated director Sally Aitken, follows this daring ocean explorer’s trajectory from champion spearfisher to passionate shark protector. From the birth of cage diving to “Jaws” hysteria to the dawn of cageless shark diving, Valerie became a trailblazing advocate for the ocean’s most maligned and misunderstood creatures.
Shark Week 2021 also returns on July 11.
The summer tradition airs every year on the Discovery Channel — running for eight days. This year’s series will wrap up on Sunday, July 18.
This year will deliver the most shark programming than ever before, including: a shark movie festival across Discovery platforms leading up to Shark Week; Discovery’s first-ever shark competition docu-series, Shark Academy; the return of shark-themed episodes of “Josh Gates Tonight,” according to a press release from Discovery.
Shark Week 2021′s lineup will deliver all-new groundbreaking shark stories that reveal insights into the mysterious world of these creatures.
Additionally, celebrities including, William Shatner, Tiffany Haddish, Brad Paisley, the cast of Jackass and many others will be diving into the water for shark adventures.