Nearly 20 hours of new shark programming brings fans inside a Great White Shark feeding frenzy and investigates rumours of sharks feasting on cocaine.
Jason Momoa, fan-favourite actor, superhero and conservationist, who is dedicated to protecting and preserving the world’s oceans, will host the 35th year of Shark Week, Discovery Channel’s week-long celebration and investigation of shark habits and behaviours.
Returning Sunday 3 December at 7.30pm AEDT on Discovery, Momoa, who is hosting off the coast of New Zealand, will guide fans through nearly 20 new hours of television, featuring the apex predators. This year, Shark Week’s programming will include: Belly of the Beast: Feeding Frenzy, a special that will provide a first time, close-up look at a great white shark feast – captured by researchers with cameras inside a whale carcass decoy – and Cocaine Sharks, a documentary that reveals what happens to sharks that possibly feed on cocaine and other illegal drugs dumped in South Florida waters.
Shark Week will also spotlight innovative technology used to track and study unique shark species and their enemies. Showcasing the work of the world’s most respected marine biologists and science institutions, Shark Week will also delve into mating and migration patterns – showing rare footage – as researchers follow the sharks to remote locations in South Africa, Australia and New Zealand.
The 2023 edition of Shark Week features even more unmissable documentaries filmed in Australia and New Zealand – and includes Aussie and Kiwi shark experts and conservationists including shark attack survivor Paul de Gelder, scientist Dr. Riley Elliott and marine videographer, Madison “Shark Girl” Stewart.
Stream or watch Shark Week from Sunday 3 December at 7:30pm AEDT on Discovery.
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SHARK WEEK 2023 PREMIERES:
Belly of the Beast: Feeding Frenzy
Sunday 3 December at 7.30pm AEDT
In a Shark Week first, researchers with cameras brave a great white shark feeding frenzy from inside a life-size whale decoy. Their findings could be the key to finding the biggest great white shark in South African history.
Jaws vs The Meg*FILMED IN NEW ZEALAND*
Sunday 3 December at 8.30pm AEDT
The MEG, a massive shark measuring 50 feet and weighing 60 tons, was once feared as the most fearsome predator. It could devour a killer whale effortlessly, but new evidence suggests that its cousin, the great white shark, may have caused its extinction.
Shark Week: Off the Hook
Sunday 3 December at 9.30pm AEDT
Dive into the biggest thrills and most terrifying moments from 35 years of Shark Week, celebrating behind the scenes of iconic moments and revealing never-before-seen footage of the fearless adventurers who get up close with the world’s scariest creatures.
Air Jaws: Final Frontier *FILMED IN NEW ZEALAND*
Monday 4 December at 7.30pm AEDT
Shark filmmakers hunt for “Air Jaws” in New Zealand’s hidden launch pad. Andy Casagrande and Jeff Kurr seek the second-ever breaching great white in these waters to uncover history-making secrets.
Great White Fight Club *FILMED IN NEW ZEALAND*
Monday 4 December at 8.30pm AEDT
A team of experts venture into the treacherous waters of New Zealand to provide groundbreaking evidence that female white sharks unequivocally dominate the ocean, reigning as the ultimate controllers of its fierce battlegrounds.
Monster Mako: Fresh Blood
Monday 4 December at 9.30pm AEDT
Twelve-foot-long monster mako sharks compete head-to-head with great whites for prey off the coast of California. Using a custom clear, acrylic diving bell, Dr. Austin Gallagher and legendary free diver Andre Musgrove get up close with both predators and track makos breaching eight feet out of the ocean.
Monster Hammerheads: Killer Instinct
Tuesday 5 December at 7.30pm AEDT
Dr. Tristan Guttridge believes Hammerhead sharks can reach monster sizes by hunting other species of sharks. The only way to prove his theory is to obtain tissue samples from some of the largest sharks on the planet.
Shark vs Snake: Battle of the Bites *FILMED IN AUSTRALIA*
Tuesday 5 December at 8.30pm AEDT
Tiger sharks are washing up dead on the beaches of Western Australia with no sign of attack. Forrest Galante has a theory that deadly sea snakes are turning these apex predators to prey. In the battle of shark against snake, are snakes winning?
Florida Shark: Blood in the Water *FEATURES AUSTRALIAN PAUL de GELDER*
Tuesday 5 December at 9.30pm AEDT
Paul de Gelder dives into the Shark Attack Capital of the World to conduct experiments that will confirm what makes up these dangerous waters and determine methods to mitigate the risk.
Raiders of the Lost Shark
Wednesday 6 December at 7.30pm AEDT
Shark expert Matt Dicken and Shark Week legend Dickie Chivell embark on a relentless quest to locate an elusive and colossal shark named Dutchess, who mysteriously vanished from Gansbaai, South Africa years ago.
Wednesday 6 December at 8.30pm AEDT
For decades, rumours of cocaine-fuelled sharks have spread throughout the fishing community. Shark expert Tom Hird travels to the Florida Keys to investigate what happens when the sharks come in contact with the most notorious drug on the planet.
Deadly Sharks of Paradise*FEATURES AUSTRALIAN PAUL de GELDER*
Wednesday 6 December at 9.30pm AEDT
Scientists in South America are studying the shark species thought to be responsible for a spike in deadly attacks since 1990. Marine biologist Danni Washington and shark conservationist Paul de Gelder join a team tracking tiger sharks off a pristine tropical archipelago in Brazil.
Alien Sharks: Strange New Worlds
Thursday 7 December at 7.30pm AEDT
The tip of South Africa is a hotspot for unusual sharks that exhibit bizarre behaviors and unusual, otherworldly appearances. Wildlife biologist Forrest Galante explores stunning kelp forests and ocean depths never-before-seen by humans to study these extraordinary creatures.
Mako Mania: Battle for California
Thursday 7 December at 8.30pm AEDT
Off the coast of Los Angeles, a new population of super makos challenge great whites for their hunting territories. Dr. Craig O’Connell, Fo Zayed, and Kendyl Berna deploy state-of-the-art technology to reveal their dominance and unveil the mysteries that have transformed these makos into some of the fiercest predators in the oceans.
Serial Killer: Red Sea Attacks
Thursday 7 December at 9.30pm AEDT
Shark attack investigator Brandon McMillan and cinematographer Fo Zayed travel to solve the mystery of what’s behind three recent deadly shark attacks off of the posh beaches of Egypt’s Red Sea.
Jaws in the Shallows *FILMED IN NEW ZEALAND*
Friday 8 December at 7.30pm AEDT
Shark Week veteran Dr. Riley Elliott has traveled all over to study great whites, which are now terrorising the beaches of New Zealand. He sets out alongside his wife Amber Jones to find answers to protect his loved ones from the apex predators before it’s too late.
Monsters of the Bermuda Triangle
Friday 8 December at 8.30pm AEDT
A healthy, 10-foot pregnant Porbeagle shark vanishes in the Bermuda Triangle. The evidence suggests an unknown, monstrous predator could be to blame. Dr. James Sulikowski and a team of scientists dive into the most mysterious part of the ocean to uncover the truth behind the attack.
Tropic Jaws *FEATURES AUSTRALIAN MADISON STEWART*
Friday 8 December at 9.30pm AEDT
When a 16-foot great white invades Indonesia’s warm coast of Bali, it sparks fears that they are adapting to hunt the tropical beaches where millions of people swim every day. Dr. Craig O’Connell and Madison Stewart are on a mission to find Tropic Jaws and discover why they left the cold water environment that they have called home for thousands of years.
Megasharks of Dangerous Reef *FILMED IN AUSTRALIA*
Saturday 9 December at 7.30pm AEDT
The remote islands off the Eyre Peninsula in South Australia are believed to harbor some of the biggest white sharks on the planet. While local fishing reports suggest these giant sharks are still around, they are rarely seen.