Cape Town – Nat Geo WILD (Dstv 182/StarSat 262/Cell C black 221) is once again doing a SharkFest week for a 6th time in 2018, starting Monday 16 July with several jaws-dropping documentaries that will bring new insights about several shark species from the world's top shark researchers.
"What is better than one day of shark TV? A week of SharkFest," says Geoff Daniels, executive vice president and general manager of Nat Geo WILD.
"We are literally jumping the shark this year by serving a supersized feeding frenzy of jaw-some shar specials, and by taking the first bite, we're giving Nat Geo WILD viewers a week of the shark shows they love. Why wait, when we need to inspire everyone to save our sharks now, more than ever?"
Nat Geo WILD will show new shark behaviour captured on camera in 700 Sharks, show expert insights on why the world's most massive shark species congregate in one region called "shark central" off the coast of South Africa in Big Sharks Rule, do a breakdown of why sharks are the apex oceanic predator in Shark v. Tuna, as well as scientific analyses of shark attacks and why they occasionally mistake humans for prey in When Sharks Attack.
Nat Geo WILD's 6th SharkFest premieres include:
Shark v. Tuna Monday 16 July 18:00
Witness a clash of oceanic titans in the remote crystal-blue battlefields of Ascension Island. Yellowfin tuna and mako and tiger sharks are all apex predators, but to these sharks, yellowfin tuna are the ultimate prize. The tuna are often faster, fitter and bigger than the sharks, reaching well over 113 kilograms. Any shark hunting these beasts needs brute strength and a little bit of luck to capture one. But when a third player enters the game, the scales tip. Who will win?
When Sharks Attack: Anatomy of a Shark Attack (6 episodes)
Monday 16 July 19:00 / Tuesday 17 July 19:00 / Wednesday 18 July 19:00 / Thursday 19 July 18:00 & 19:00, Friday 20 July 18:00
Without a doubt, sharks are the most notorious and feared predators in the ocean. In recent years, the number of shark attacks around the world has risen, and understanding how these predators think and behave is more important than ever. Experts break down stories from shark attack survivors, and the science behind shark behaviours and attack methods, to reveal how to handle an attack.
700 Sharks Tuesday 17 July 18:00
Imagine diving into the ocean only to discover that you are surrounded by one of the largest shark frenzies on the planet. Well, that is exactly what these researchers did in the name of science. In Polynesia, the largest school of sharks - about 700 - patrols the waters en masse. Follow an international team of scientists as they study these magnificent creatures at night, when they are most aggressive, to discover their mysterious hunting strategies and social behaviours. The result: incredible new behaviours never seen before, or caught on camera.
Big Sharks Rule Wednesday 18 July 18:00
It is an ocean of giants. South Africa has a dramatic, rocky coast that is raked by churning currents. Warm, cold, rich and murky water collide to create "shark central", with enough food to sustain the biggest. Giant sharks like great whites, tiger sharks, bull sharks, ragged tooth sharks, and whale sharks all reign supreme in these waters.