July 30, 2011 12:11pm PT by Jethro Nededog
'Shark Week' Hosted By 'Saturday Night Live's' Andy Samberg: The Full Schedule (Video)
It’s almost here, Discovery Channel’s yearly celebration of the ocean’s most feared predator: Shark Week. It’s seven days of toothy grins, gorgeous ocean footage and programs that will both debunk and prove all what we know about the animal.
Saturday Night Live’s Andy Samberg plays the 24th Annual Shark Week’s Chief Shark Officer. He’s featured in Shark City, which airs Thursday, Aug. 4, in which he’ll give his unique take as the special takes a close look at the sharks that swim Bahama’s waters.
Here’s the full schedule.
ULTIMATE AIR JAWS (Originally Premiered 2010)
Sunday, July 31, 8PM e/p
Shark expert Chris Fallows uses high-tech cameras to track the incredible agility and velocity of the massive great white sharks of South Africa, which famously blast from the water to attack their prey. State-of-the-art technology allows us to slow down each shark's flying leap from one second down to almost a minute, and in so much detail that you can literally count every tooth in the shark's mouth.
GREAT WHITE INVASION
Premiering Sunday, July 31, 9PM e/p
Great white sharks, in large numbers, are now suddenly being found swimming among surfers and vacationers just off beaches from South Africa to Australia, and up and down the coast of California. Just why they're there and just what they're doing is a mystery that Chris Fallows and an international team of sharks scientists are trying to figure out.
JAWS COMES HOME
Premiering Sunday, July 31, 10PM e/p
Jaws Comes Home tells the story of passionate shark expert and U.S. Fisheries scientist, Greg Skomal, as he documents six remarkable months following five great whites with names like Curly and Ruthless. His mission: to understand more about their recently discovered, 1,200-mile journey up and down the eastern seaboard and to reveal all he can about these much-maligned hunters.
JAWS OF THE PACIFIC (Originally Premiered 2005)
Monday, August 1, 8PM e/p
Analyzing data from new satellite technology, scientists have recently discovered that the great white shark makes incredible long-distance migrations across the Pacific Ocean. Transmitters attached to the sharks may soon reveal hidden birthing and mating grounds.
Premiering Monday, August 1, 9PM e/p
It was the central premise of the hit movie Jaws that still haunts people today: that certain sharks may "go rogue" and decide to go after humans. But does the science back this up? In this hour, we'll weave stories of some of the most horrific shark attacks in history with the larger scientific detective story of whether or not individual sharks ever develop a taste for human flesh and go Rogue.
SUMMER OF THE SHARK
Premiering Monday, August 1, 10PM e/p
In the summer of 2008 an unprecedented wave of shark attacks sweeps the eastern coast of Australia. Australian shark experts and fishery managers scramble to understand what is happening. Could it be that that the gradual dwindling of the sharks' natural prey due to overfishing has brought man to the top of the shark's food chain? Will the summer of 2008 be a prelude of things to come?
TOP FIVE EATEN ALIVE (Originally Premiered 2007)
Tuesday, August 2, 8PM e/p
A diver is caught in the mouth of a great white, and survives. A woman is caught in a tug-of-war between a shark and her rescue crew. Scientists are surrounded by sharks and one has his leg bitten off, but lives to defend the shark. These and more are the world's five most amazing shark attack survivor stories.
Premiering Tuesday, August 2, 9PM e/p
December 1957: the height of tourist season in South Africa. Merry vacationers from around the globe descend on an idyllic resort town along the sunny coast to enjoy the summer. It's not long until the white sands are clogged with dead bodies and the sapphire waters are red with blood. The culprit? The authorities suspected a single, massive rogue shark with a taste for human flesh.
INTO THE SHARK BITE (Originally Premiered 2010)
Wednesday, August 3, 8PM e/p
Go on a wild ride as we show you the last thing you'd ever want to see in real life: close up views of attacks by the world's most deadly sharks — from inside their mouths! Shark expert Mark Addison and underwater cameraman Andy Casagrande risk life and limb to get their special, miniature HD cameras Into the Shark Bite!
HOW SHARKS HUNT
Premiering Wednesday, August 3, 9PM e/p
Dave and Cody of Dual Survival dive in to investigate why no two species of shark attack in the same manner. Through a series of groundbreaking tests and the use of innovative high-tech camera technologies, they'll examine the shark's unique savagery and specialized methods of killing, revealing exactly why they're so deadly.
AIR JAWS: SHARKS OF SOUTH AFRICA (Originally Premiered 2001)
Thursday, August 4, 8PM e/p
Witness the awesome power of great white sharks hurtling themselves out of the water to attack their prey. Among the most spectacular predatory events in nature, only the great whites of South Africa's False Bay engage in this mighty display.
Premiering Thursday, August 4, 9PM e/p
Most of us think of sharks as blank-eyed killing machines, but in Shark City, we'll get to know a handful of them as individuals. We'll follow the sharks of the Bahamas through their days and nights to find out how they size each other up, what they like to eat and what it is that they're afraid of. This show will feature the amazing talents and hilarious insights of our Chief Shark Officer, Andy Samberg.
10 DEADLIEST SHARKS (Originally Premiered 2006)
Friday, August 5, 7 and 8PM e/p
Sharks are among the most feared creatures in the oceans. They are supreme hunters and killers, but most species would never attack a human. A select few, however, can be extremely dangerous to man under the right conditions. From great whites to bull sharks, find out which are the 10 deadliest sharks in the world.
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