• SHARK WEEK 2013

SHARK WEEK 2013

SHARK AFTER DARK

Premiered Sunday, August 4 to Thursday, August 8

SHARK AFTER DARK is Discovery’s first ever late-night live talk show that will be featured each evening during SHARK WEEK. Comedian Josh Wolf will lead viewers through an hour-long celebration of all things shark-related that will include celebrity guests, shark experts and shark attack survivors, among others. Wolf will also look back at some of the highlights from the past 26 years of SHARK WEEK, and look ahead to give viewers a sneak peek at the next day’s SHARK WEEK programs. The show will also give viewers the first opportunity to interact live on-air every night with tweets, questions to the shark experts and more.

VIDEO: Shark After Dark (featuring Bob the Shark!) Highlights | Backstage Pass with Taryn Southern

AIR JAWS: COUNTDOWN TO SHARK WEEK 2013

Premiered Sunday, August 4

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: COUNTDOWN TO SHARK WEEK 2013, 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.

VIDEO: Top 10 Shark Jumping Videos

MEGALODON: THE MONSTER SHARK LIVES

Premiered Sunday, August 4

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 and hunt for the predator long thought to be extinct. A crew of scientists and shark experts examine evidence and fearlessly seek answers to the many questions surrounding one of the last great mysteries of the deep ocean while creating the largest chum slick in history.

VIDEO: Evidence of a 50-Ton Megalodon? | Is Megalodon Still Alive? | Megalodon Attacks a Boat? | Megalodon: The Monster Shark | ALL Megalodon Videos

MORE: VOTE: Do You Believe Megalodon Still Exists? | Prehistoric Sharks

RETURN OF JAWS

Premiered Monday, August 5

Another first this year is Shark Cam, a robot submarine that is used to track sharks in a new and exciting way. This SHARK WEEK special includes spectacular footage of Shark Cam following Great White sharks living and hunting off the shores of Cape Cod, the setting for the Jaws film franchise. 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.

VIDEO: Great White Hunts Close to Shore | Robot Films a Great White | Great Whites Rule Cape Cod | Great Whites Return to Chatham, MA

VOODOO SHARKS

Premiered Monday, August 5

We investigate Bull Shark populations that have moved beyond oceans and U.S. coasts to the bayous of Louisiana. Nicknamed ‘Voodoo Sharks’ by local shrimp fishermen, these Bull Sharks have the extraordinary ability to live in both salt and fresh water environments and they show up by the hundreds in the bayous of Louisiana. There are many a fishermen who have encountered these dominant and startling predators in the shallow Louisiana waters. But while Bull Sharks in the Bayou are a known phenomenon, locals tell of an even larger shark lurking in swamps. Is this phantom shark the stuff of Cajun legend, or do these waters hold a brand new species?

VIDEO: Could This Be the Voodoo Shark? | Searching for the Voodoo Shark | Voodoo Shark Takes Nathan?

I ESCAPED JAWS

Premiered Tuesday, August 6

I ESCAPED JAWS is another SHARK WEEK first as we utilize riveting 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. These survivors used their wits and experience and all lived to share their chilling stories. Shannon Ainslie faced three Great White sharks throughout his lifetime, and Nicole Moore, a nurse, lost her arm in an attack while vacationing in Mexico and saved her own life by instructing those on the beach on how to treat her wounds. Australian Navy Diver Paul de Gelder relied on his experience as a diver to survive after a shark bit off both his arm and leg.

VIDEO: Double Great White Attack | Bull Shark Attacks Lone Diver | Shark Bites Surfer's Leg

SPAWN OF JAWS

Premiered Tuesday, August 6

This special follows a team of scientists on the brink of a revolutionary breakthrough that for the first time will allow us to understand the mysterious life cycle of the Great White shark. Using state of the art tracking technology, they will search for the elusive Great White breeding grounds, in hopes to protect the area and re-populate their numbers.

VIDEO: Signs of Great Whites Mating | Great White Close Encounter

TOP 10 SHARKDOWN

Premiered Wednesday, August 7

This special updates the international shark attack files for the 21st century and takes a close look at the sharks you don't want to meet this summer -- and the ones you're most likely to encounter. From the weird - the feisty cookie cutter, which bites cookie-shaped circles out of its prey; to the macabre, like the Sand Tiger, whose cannibalistic young devour each other in the womb, to the infamous – Great Whites, Tiger Sharks and Bull Sharks – TOP 10 SHARKDOWN ranks these amazing predators.

VIDEO: The Hammerhead's Bizarre Head | Tiger Sharks Snack on Birds | The Fastest Shark in the Ocean | Cannibalistic Baby Sharks | Rogue Sharks Bite Butts | Careful Feeding Reef Sharks

GREAT WHITE SERIAL KILLER

Premiered Wednesday, August 7

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.

VIDEO: 18-Foot Shark Attacks Cage | Meet "Slash" the Shark | Most Aggressive Sharks on Earth | Is There a Serial Killer Shark?

SHARKPOCALYPSE

Premiered Thursday, August 8

Following one of the most fatal years of shark encounters closely followed by the media, SHARKPOCALYPSE examines the alarming 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. Hosted by Andy Casagrande and Devon Massyn, SHARKPOCALYPSE gets you up close and personal with the Great White invasion.

VIDEO: Great Whites Hunting in the Depths | Great White Shark Repellent

ALIEN SHARKS

Premiered Thursday, August 8

This special 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.

VIDEO: The Frilled Shark | The Megamouth | Goblin Shark | Dogfish and Sleeper Sharks

GREAT WHITE GAUNTLET

Premiered Friday, August 9

The coast of South Australia is a place like no other. It is home to a Great White feeding ground that is one of the most dangerous places in the world. Known in local legend as the Great White Gauntlet, this deadly stretch of waters holds a prize bounty for divers: a rare sea snail called the abalone which is worth thousands on the international market. Abalone diving 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. This special takes a closer look at the real-life dangers these divers encounter every day.

VIDEO: Face-to-Face With a Great White | Motorized Shark Cage

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