For its 10th year, National Geographic is bringing us some of the most innovative and dynamic shark content to hit the airwaves. This year’s Sharkfest will feature over 60 hours of enhanced content. Sharkfest started July 10th and will run amazing programming for the next four weeks.
Personally, sharks have always fascinated me. I’ve never been scared of them, but only because I make it a habit to never be within chomping distance of one! These huge, ferocious yet graceful beasts rule the sea and National Geographic’s event brings attention to them in the best way. We at The Geekiary love NatGeo and the quality programming they provide to us!
There’s a ton of programming planned. I am going to share details with you today about three titles:
Shark Beach with Chris Hemsworth
Game of Sharks
But there are other amazing shows like Maui Shark Mystery and there will be lots of interactive and supplemental moments hosted by shark experts like Candace Fields, a Ph.D. student studying the population dynamics and geographic population structure of large predators. Or Carlee Jackson, a marine biologist, sea turtle conservationist and shark expert who is championing diversity in the world of science.
Let’s give you a quick preview of what you’re going to see!
Shark Beach with Chris Hemsworth
Actor and Australian babe, Chris Hemsworth has always had a love affair with nature and the sea. At a young age, he was taught to enjoy and indulge in wildlife and he’s always been reverent of mother nature. After an increase in shark attacks off of the east coast of Australia, many wanted to do away with the sharks in the area. Their numbers are steadily decreasing which has dramatic ramifications for the local sea life. As an advocate for sea life and for sharks, Hemsworth wants to understand the different species of sharks and see if there’s a way that we can all live in harmony. With the help of celebrated shark legend, Valerie Taylor, together they go on an expedition to really understand sharks.
The show is beautifully shot and narrated in a way that’s accessible and captivating. The true star is the 82-year-old Taylor who has devoted her life to sharks and exudes so much passion. She’s not afraid to cause a little trouble to protect the sharks she holds so dear. It’s a lovely watch and the action shots of Hemsworth literally swimming with sharks only add to the amazingness of the story.
Game of Sharks
4 Shark species compete but only one can be named supreme. Will it be the flashy Great White? The sleek Tiger Shark? How about the elusive Thresher shark?
New to Sharkfest, the Game of Sharks competition measures speed, migratory distance and so much more in an exciting showcase of agility and strength.
Will you stay true to your initial favorite? Or will you switch alliances halfway through? The winner may not be who you suspect so choose wisely and watch these majestic creatures compete.
The show is so fun and gives so much information that really puts into context the importance of gathering data and statistics on sharks. They tell us so much about not only sharks but about the ocean and the other species that live among them. Game of Sharks is infotainment at its absolute best.
Easily my favorite entry of Sharkfest, and that’s saying a lot! Normally it’s the males that get the attention when we talk about ferocious sharks. But in reality, it may be the females that have the upper hand. It’s ladies’ night on Sharkfest and Shark Queens is the perfect meal.
If you’d told me I would feel empowered by a show about female sharks, I would have given you a well-honed side-eye. Well, I take that imaginary side-eye back! This show is so fun and really gives definition to the term “Girl Power!”. We start with Allison Towner in Mossel Bay, South Africa where she’s attempting to tag a female great white. The female is far too wiley to stand still long enough for them to tag as she humps her great weight all along the water going after the bait.
Professor Eric Clua is a true character who could inspire passion from a rock. He’s got a magnetic energy and a thick French accent that lets you know he does not mess around when it comes to the ladies… sharks that is.
Lovingly deemed “big girls” Clua has a reverence and respect for the sharks that is infectious and the glee and awe that the female sharks inspire in him makes for a fun watch.
So be sure to tune in for all the Sharkfest fun your heart can handle!
For the first time ever, the 10th annual Sharkfest programming extravaganza can be enjoyed across Disney platforms, including Disney+, Hulu, ABC and ESPN, in addition to National Geographic, Nat Geo WILD and Nat Geo MUNDO, offering a deep dive experience for new viewers and existing Sharkfest fans alike!
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