It’s Shark Week, guys!

The sharks are back and will stay for  a week starting today.

Shark Week holds a week-long of exciting shows. Premiering at 8 tonight is The Return of Monster Mako, which centers on the transformation of giant mako sharks, also called granders, and the adventures of Joe Romeiro’s team as he jumps into the deep blue at night to get more close and personal. Isle of Jaws, which airs at 9 tonight, follows Emmy award-winning cinematographer, Andy Casagrande and his team, through his discovery of male great white sharks off an uncharted island.

Tomorrow at 8 p.m., Jaws of the Deep showcases the world’s largest great white shark, Deep Blue, from the lenses of two robot subs that can dive up to 2000 feet. At 9 tomorrow night is Tiger Beach, an exciting and revealing show about 40 tagged and tracked tiger sharks, some passive, some aggressive, but all powerful.

Wrath of a Great White Serial Killer airs 8 p.m. on June 29. Shark experts hope to find an explanation behind the migration of great white sharks to the far north, specifically the Pacific Northwest. At 9 p.m., Sharks vs. Dolphins: Face Off  intends to bring to light the truth behind the relationship and behavior of sharks and dolphins toward each other.

Air Jaws: Night Stalker, which premiers June 30 at 8 p.m., is back with Chris Fallows for his 8th Air Jaws escapade, along with his team, for a night adventure with the sharks, discovering how they hunt at night in total darkness. It is narrated by Lena Headey from Game of Thrones. Catch Deadliest Shark as it airs on June 30 at 9 p.m., and get a history lesson from Dr. Michael Domeier and Dr. Barry Bruce as they explore the supposed deadliest sharks in the world, the white tip sharks. Their very lives are in danger as they dive dangerous waters.

On July 1 at 8 p.m., Nuclear Sharks premieres, showing the travels of Philippe Cousteau, the grandson of legendary underwater explorer and filmmaker Jacques Cousteau, and his wife, Ashlan, to Bikini Atoll. Exploring a once nuclear-bombed marine environment, the team uncovers reef sharks, which are supposedly non-migratory. 

Aside from this, the couple discovers illegal fishing activities affecting the sharks and their wellbeing. 

Lastly, Jungle Shark premieres 9 p.m. on July 1. In this show, you can see bull sharks in a different light, rather, in different waters. Dr. Craig O’Connell and Andy Casagrande figure out why baby bull sharks swim up to the Serena River and how they deal with the crocodiles in that habitat. Shark Week also unearths something that could possibly save human lives.

13 things more likely to kill you than a shark


In Russia dozens of people die from falling icicles every year. Staying out of the water doesn’t mean it can’t fall on your head in its most deadly form.


If your chips don’t fall out, don’t shake the machine! Vending machines crush over a dozen people a year.


Keep your wedding day the happiest day of your life; buy twist off champagne. Flying corks kill an average of two-dozen people a year. 


Getting hit on the head with a coconut seems unlikely, right? Wrong. There are 15 times more coconut related fatalities a year compared to shark attacks. One hundred and fifty people worldwide die from falling coconuts each year. 


Moooove over Chompy! Our bovine brethren pack a nasty kick. Always be careful in a barnyard setting.


They’re tiny, but don’t try to play king of the hill with an army of them. It takes thousands of them, but they kill far more humans than sharks every year. 


The mosquito is the animal responsible for the most human fatalities every year. Though they’re small, the parasitic protozoans they sometimes carry cause malaria in humans, which kills hundreds of thousands of people every year predominately in Africa. 


While everything we eat could be considered a choking hazard, hot dogs are among the most notorious, responsible for a shocking 17% of all choking related ER cases. 


Bees kill around 50 people in the U.S every year because of allergic reactions. That doesn’t even include the wasps and their more exotic relatives around the world. 


Similar to cows, horses have a kick that’ll do more than knock your socks off.  Anyone with a riding background will tell you never to walk directly behind a horse except when grooming. 


Dogs kills a couple dozen people in the U.S. each year and abroad tens of thousands through the transmission of rabies. Pooches aren’t always man’s best friend. 


Between 20 to 40 people die from box jellyfish stings in the Philippines every year. Though they are beautiful creatures, few are immune to their stings, which cause anaphylaxis so severe that you can die. 


Deer kill an average of 130 people a year in the U.S. alone almost exclusively due to car accidents. Be more careful when driving folks!

7 Ways you can help sharks right now


This may sound obvious, but since shark fin soup is considered a delicacy is many places, it’s worth reiterating. Also, sometimes shark can be sold under names like flake, rock salmon, dogfish, rigg or rock eel. So when consuming seafood, make sure you know exactly what species you’re being served.


Even when you’re not eating shark, you should choose sustainable seafood. Over half of the sharks caught each year are caught as by-catch, meaning they were caught in gear being used to catch other fish. This is often the result of poor fishing practices, and eating sustainable-caught fish can reduce the impact of by-catch. 


Shark finning is an unsustainable practice used to harvest the main ingredient of shark fin soup. To take a stand, many airlines refuse to carry any shark fins as cargo. Even though many shark fins are still transported by ship, they’re still frequently flown by air. So not supporting the airlines that carry shark fins is an easy way to help. 


“Adopting” a shark is a fun way to help fund organizations that are working to help sharks and lobbying for their protection. Sometimes you even get a little plush shark as part of the adoption deal. 


A crucial element of shark conservation involves understanding different species’ population statuses and their distribution around the world. If you live near the ocean, or are on vacation, and spot a shark, you can record your encounter on and help scientists know the location of shark population to better protect them. 


Need an excuse to go on vacation? Here’s one: Go on an environmentally friendly tour to swim with sharks, and you’ll be helping sharks. Shark tourism done right can show governments that sharks are more valuable alive than dead, and encourage protective legislation. 


A big problem facing shark conservation efforts is the misconceptions many have about shark species. Talk to your friends and use social media as ways to spread facts and awareness about sharks — and let people know the easy ways they can help the cause, too.

Topics: Shark Week
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