How to watch Shark Week 2017

shark week 2017It’s Shark Week 2017! Shark Week is a special week on Discovery Channel that featured only “shark based” programming.

Shark Week first began on July 17, 1988, and has happened annually since then in July or August. It has grown so much that it’s become a cultural phenomenon, sparking things like Syfy’s Sharknado franchise. Because of this, it has had some detractors saying that the week is no longer educational and mere entertainment, such as Olympian Michael Phelps racing a great white shark last night.

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Shark Week 2017 is broadcast internationally in over 72 countries and is highly promoted on social media nowadays. This is year marks the 29th anniversary of Shark Week and its third year with host, actor Eli Roth.

Michael Phelps is the greatest human swimmer of all time, but if you put him up against any random great white shark, he’s chum.

That is, unless he gets a special flipper for his feet that will mimic the function of a great white shark’s tail fin. Which is exactly what he gets in this clip from Phelps Vs Shark: Great Gold Vs Great White, seen here via Entertainment Weekly.

Watch Michael Phelps Prepare to Race a Great White Shark for Shark Week 2017

In the special, which kicks off Discovery’s annual Shark Week programming, Phelps will race a great white shark. It’s pretty simple. Unfortunately, he won’t be in the water with the shark, but his numbers will be measured against the shark’s. And this is one race the all-time Olympic gold medal record holder is not favored to win — great whites can swim about 25 mph; Phelps topped out at 6 mph at the height of his powers. So he needs all the help he can get.

Just when you thought it was safe to turn on your television, the Discovery Channel’s “Shark Week” and National Geographic Wild’s “SharkFest” are hitting the air with competing daily programming.

Phelps Vs Shark: Great Gold Vs Great White airs the first night of Shark Week, Sunday, July 23 at 8/7c on Discovery.

As director of the Florida Program for Shark Research and curator of the International Shark Attack File, I offer the advice to viewers to cast a jaundiced eye on each episode’s title and premise. Remember, TV show titles and preview teases are constructed to hook an audience.

And they do. Although many of today’s shark shows depict sharks in a more level-headed way than in the past, the networks just can’t seem to put certain stereotypes to rest. But if you want to know more than whether sharks can outswim Michael Phelps, there are ways to watch smartly. News Source

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