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Shark Week 2016: Discovery Channel Episode Schedule

SHARK WEEK, television’s longest running must-see summer TV event, returns to Discovery Channel on Sunday, June 26, 2016 at 8 PM EDT with Tiger Beach followed by Return of the Monster Mako at 9 PM and Isle of Jaws at 10 PM.

In Tiger Beach, researchers try to learn where tiger sharks mate, females gestate, and finally give birth, by tagging and tracking 40 individuals across a shallow area off the Bahamas called Tiger Beach. In Return of the Monster Mako, scientists capture live predation of a thousand-pound mako shark, the fastest shark species in the world.  Later on Sunday night, SHARK WEEK leaves the Atlantic and heads to the Neptune Islands off South Australia in Isle of Jaws where there is a large concentration of great white sharks near an uncharted island.

2016 SHARK WEEK schedule:

Sunday, June 26, 2016

8 PM Tiger Beach
9 PM Return of the Monster Mako
10 PM Isle of Jaws
11 PM Shark After Dark

Monday, June 27, 2016

7 Isle of Jaws: Sharkopedia version

8 PM Shallow Water Invasion – Using a self-propelled shark cage called “The Explorer”, marine biologists Mauricio Hoyos and Grant Johnson will investigate a recent discovery at Guadalupe Island – great whites moving into shallow waters at night.  This movement shows that sharks entering shallow water are normal behavior – which would account for some of the shark encounters happening with greater frequency in the shallows along coastlines.

9 PM Jaws of the Deep – Marine biologist Greg Skomal and the REMUS SharkCam team return to Guadalupe to find the world’s largest great white shark, Deep Blue. This time, they deploy two robot subs: one that dives to 300 feet, and another that goes to 2000.  Together, they build a profile of how the great white uses the entire water column. The team uncovers hunting techniques and strategies great whites use to ambush their prey – and film a great white’s attack on the sub!

10 PM Sharks Among Us – Shark encounters are increasing around the globe. The solutions to deal with the public’s growing anxiety range from culling to using nets and drumlins – all of which kill sharks.  Dr. Craig O’Connell believes he has developed a system that will prove once and for all that sharks and people can peacefully coexist – and live!

11 PM Shark After Dark

Tuesday, June 28, 2016

8 PM Isle of Jaws: Sharkopedia version

9 PM Wrath of a Great White Serial Killer – A newcomer has taken residence in the waters of the Pacific Northwest… the great white shark. Shark expert Ralph Collier and Brandon McMillian seek answers to the main questions in this case – why are great white sharks traveling so far north and why are these encounters focused on this one particular place?

10 PM Air Jaws Night Stalker – Famed shark photographer Chris Fallows embarks on his 8th Air Jaws adventure with shark expert Jeff Kurr and shark biologist Neil Hammerschlag as they discover how great white sharks hunt in total darkness. Narrated by Lena Headey (“Game of Thrones”), it turns out that great whites can hunt effectively with or without any sun or moonlight – but how do they do that?

11 PM Shark After Dark

Wednesday, June 29, 2016

8 PM Wrath of a Great White Serial Killer: Sharkopedia version

9 PM Deadliest Sharks – Using cutting-edge research and thrilling historical evidence, Dr. Michael Domeier and Dr. Barry Bruce go looking for rare oceanic white tip sharks, to see if the species deserve the reputation as the “World’s Deadliest Shark.” History says they are – and when the scientists dive in the Bahamas and off Hawaii, they’re spooked by this very dangerous shark.

10 PM Sharks vs. Dolphins: Face Off – Sharks and dolphins have shared the ocean for ages, but only recently, scientists have begun to understand the true nature of the relationship between these two masters of the sea. It’s hostile, and dangerous, mainly for dolphins.  Dolphins would rather eat fish and swim with humans; sharks would rather eat dolphins and anything they can sink their teeth into.  Dr. Mike Heithaus and his team bring new research that may solve why sharks attack dolphins far more than we ever knew.

11 PM Shark After Dark

Thursday, June 30, 2016

8 PM Tiger Beach: Sharkopedia version

9 PM Nuclear Sharks – Grandson to legendary underwater explorer and filmmaker Jacques Cousteau, Philippe Cousteau, and his wife Ashlan Gorse Cousteau travel with marine biologist Luke Tipple to Bikini Atoll to explore a marine environment once destroyed by nuclear testing during the Cold War. The nuclear devices detonated across the atoll vaporized two islands and destroyed everything living.  Today, nature has proved resilient and restored the marine ecosystem, re-populating the atoll with reef sharks.   But since reef sharks are considered non-migratory, where did they come from?  Tagging shows that grey reef sharks are capable of traveling much longer distances than previously thought, and we may have discovered just how these sharks repopulated Bikini Atoll after the nuclear blasts.

10 PM Jungle Shark – Marine biologist Dr. Craig O’Connell and Andy Casagrande travel up the Serena River in the rainforests of Costa Rica to try and find out why young bull sharks swim up the river, and how they avoid the 12-14’ American crocodiles living there.  O’Connell deduces the sharks smell the crocs and creates a first-of-its-kind croc scent-based bull shark repellant – and SHARK WEEK reveals a possible important discovery that could save human lives.

11 PM Shark After Dark

Friday, July 1, 2016

8 PM Deadliest Sharks: Sharkopedia version

9 PM Shark Bait – There’s been a war going on between seal and great whites for millions of years. Now there’s a new battleground on the map called Cape Cod.  It’s different in every way from the usual rocky islands where sharks and seals usually face off in other parts of the world. The great whites have had to learn new ways to hunt seals here. Dr. Greg Skomal and his team wonder, what are the sharks doing here, how do they get here, and how do more sharks learn of Cape Cod’s bounty of seals? And more importantly: if the number of seals and sharks continue to increase at the present rate, what’s the future?

10 PM Blue Serengeti – Famed marine biologist and shark expert Barbara Block has been studying the white sharks off of California for more than 27 years. Now, with breakthrough camera technology and tracking technology, she’s giving scientists and viewers a portrait of a formerly unseen domain.  She calls it the Blue Serengeti – it’s a vast, rich, and hidden world, now more visible thanks to new camera tags deployed on both predator and prey.

Saturday, July 2, 2016

8 PM Jungle Shark: Sharkopedia version

9 PM Sharksanity – Discovery Channel scours the seas to bring you the greatest moments from SHARK WEEK 2016!  Only the closest calls, biggest bites, and greatest gadgets made the cut! Then, they’re revealing your top picks for the best of SHARK WEEK history.

10 PM Shallow Water Invasion: Sharkopedia version

Sunday, July 3, 2016

8 PM Return of the Monster Mako: Sharkopedia version

9 PM The Killing Games – Dr. Jonathan Werry and shark cinematographer Andy Casagrande travel to a special location in South Australia to research a new great white hunting strategy, where they no longer wait for seals to enter the ocean – they come out of the water and snatch them from the shore! But is this unique to Australia?  It isn’t; sharks are smarter than we thought and can learn new things when there’s food involved.

Photo and video credit: Discovery Channel

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