Every year, Discovery Channel dedicates a week in its summer schedule to shows about sharks. This year will not be different as Shark Week 2017 is now officially underway after being launched with a Sunday, July 23 late night program.
Shark Week 2017 and How and Where to Watch It
Shark Week will span over eight days, the first of them being Sunday, July 23. Special programs will air daily on Discovery Channel throughout the week. Those interested in watching them can either tune in by turning to their TV or by using the Discovery Go app. This is available in both an iOS and Android version.
Discovery Go is also available for free on Roku for users with a TV subscription. Thanks to the online versions, watchers will have access to both live episodes as well as re-watches or archive files.
Michael Phelps will be part of two Shark Week 2017 specials. The events will be separate and broadcast on different days. One of them, called “Phelps Vs Shark: Great Gold Vs Great White” will test to see if the Olympic Gold medalist can swim faster than a great white shark. It aired Sunday, July 23.
The other, titled “Shark School with Michael Phelps”, will air Sunday, July 30, at 8 p.m. It will follow Phelps as he learns about sharks from the Bimini Sharklabs in the Bahamas.
This could be a more than useful lesson, as most people still tend to associate sharks with the great white shark. However, there are over 400 known species of sharks. Their sizes range from 8-inch long specimens of dwarf lanternshark to 40-foot-long whale sharks.
All sharks are predators and have a highly developed sense of smell and also eyesight. However, each species has his own distinct behavior.
Sharks are greatly feared, as a small number of species is responsible for most of the recorded human casualties. Specialists do, nonetheless, point out that it is rather more likely to have sharks killed by humans or even other animals than people attacked by the predator.
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