Shark Week's 10 Coolest Shark Facts and Shows to Watch
It’s the most wonderful time of the year! No, not Christmas, it’s SHARK WEEK! We are halfway through the week and loving every minute of Discovery’s yearly shark series. In honour of the occasion, we’ve come up with a list of super cool shark facts along with the top shows you do not want to miss this year. Also, don’t forget to check in with the Shark Week schedule at the bottom of the post to make sure you know exactly when to tune into your favourite sharky shows!
Our Top 10 Crazy Shark Facts
1. The foot of a duck-billed dinosaur was found with a shark tooth inside it, proving that sharks once scavenged or even hunted dinosaurs.
2. The goblin shark lives along outer continental shelves and underwater mountain ranges. Their dwellings are too deep for human exploration.
3. A great white shark can fast as long as three months after a big meal.
4. Sharks can heat their eyes using a special organ next to a muscle in their eye socket, allowing them to continue hunting in frigid waters.
5. There are nine known species of walking shark.
6. Sharks can use heartbeats to track their prey. They have electricity-sensing nodules on their noses called ampullae of Lorenzini.
7. Sharks tan too. Some hammerheads swim near the ocean’s surface since darker skin means better camouflage.
8. Frilled sharks have 300 razor sharp teeth in 25 rows.
9. Sharks control fish populations through fear. Fish near sharks are stressed and have problems with reproduction and migration.
10. While many of us have learned to fear sharks, they are the ones who should fear us. Humans kill 73 million sharks annually.
Top Shows to Watch This Shark Week
There’s always a lot to watch on Shark Week, so here are our picks for the top shows to tune in to!
Island of the Mega Shark: Premiered Sun Jul 5 9/8c
The quest to photograph the largest great white shark continues as experts Andy Casagrande and Jeff Kurr join forces with Dickie Chivell at Guadalupe Island, Mexico. Theories suggest these mega sharks may come to feed and mate at this great white hot spot.
Alien Sharks: Close Encounters: Premiered Mon Jul 6 10/9c
Deep below the ocean’s surface live some of the strangest marine animals on earth. Now, three expeditions are exploring those depths for sharks that glow in the dark. They are hoping for a close encounter in the strange domain of alien sharks.
Bride of Jaws: Premiered Tue Jul 7 9/8c
At nearly 18 feet and over 3,000 pounds, a record-breaking female great white shark nicknamed "Joan of Shark" roams the waters off Western Australia. Three shark experts follow an extraordinary 4,000-mile migratory path to find and tag her.
Super Predator: Premieres Wed Jul 8 9/8c
The search for the predator that ate a 9-foot great white off the coast of Australia takes wildlife filmmaker Dave Riggs into the kill zone—a deep ocean battleground of great whites, killer whales and giant squid.
Sharksanity 2: Premieres Sat Jul 11 9/8c
We scoured the seas to bring you the greatest moments from Shark Week 2015! Only the closest calls, biggest bites and greatest gadgets made the cut. Then, we're revealing your top picks for the best moments in Shark Week history.
Also, check out Discovery Online’s super cool LIVE REEF SHARK CAM. It features 24-7 access to the underwater world of dozens of blacktip reef sharks, colorful reef fish and a 500+ pound sea turtle named Calypso at the National Aquarium in Baltimore.
Not sure what to watch or when to watch it? Check out the full shark week schedule below and enjoy all Shark Week has to offer on Discovery, Execulink Channels 31 and 266.
WEDNESDAY, JULY 8
- Super Predator: 9 p.m. EST
- Ninja Sharks: 10 p.m. EST
THURSDAY, JULY 9
- Shark Planet: 9 p.m. EST
FRIDAY, JULY 10
- Sharks of the Shadowland: 9 p.m. EST
- Shark Clans: 10 p.m. EST
SATURDAY, JULY 11
- Sharksanity 2: 9 p.m. EST
SUNDAY, JULY 12
- Shark Island: 8 p.m. EST
See lots more cool sharky stuff on Discovery’s Shark Week website.