Nat Geo WILD Announces All-New Jawsome 'SharkFest' Programming Slate

SharkFest, television's second-best-known week of sharks, returns to NAT GEO WILD on Sunday, July 23 at 8 PM ET. In addition, decorated Olympian Ryan Lochte makes a splash to help spread the word about the most sharks per square inch on television. Celebrating its fifth anniversary, SHARKFEST presents factual shark stories incorporating innovative research technology to reveal compelling insight on some of the most unique shark species in the world. With the help of scientists and shark experts, SHARKFEST will deliver the facts and raise awareness about these "jawsome" animals in more than 131 countries and 38 languages.

Check out SHARKFEST 2017's fantastic program schedule here:

Shark v Predator Premieres Sunday, July 23 8/7c SHARKFEST kicks off with a look at the animals that dare to take on sharks. Seals, crocodiles, octopi, bobcats and even birds have gone head to head with these elite killers, and we've UNCOVERED the footage to prove it. Watch rare moments when a shark ends up on the receiving end of an attack. It's time for nature's ultimate underwater showdown.

Tiger Shark Terror Premieres Monday, July 24 8/7c Every diver has been warned that sharks feed at night, but is this a myth or does the truth lurk somewhere deep beneath the waves? Professional shark diver Eli Martinez and scientist Matthew Smukall plunge into the nighttime world of Tiger Beach to investigate whether shark behavior changes once the sun goes down.

Mission Critical: Sharks Under Attack Special Encore Airs Monday, July 24 10/9c National Geographic underwater photographer and Instagram star Brian Skerry is on a mission to change the perception of our oceans' greatest predators - sharks. After three decades capturing the world's oceans on camera, Skerry knows sharks as kings of the oceans that keep these fragile ecosystems functioning, not as violent "Jaws"-like man-eaters.

Shark Swarm Premieres Tuesday, July 25 8/7c Across the vast oceans are underwater oases where sharks congregate in huge numbers. What is the attraction at these mysterious waypoints? Join shark scientist Riley Elliott on a unique expedition as he investigates some of the largest and most mysterious shark gatherings on the planet.

World's Deadliest: Shark Frenzy! Premieres Wednesday, July 26, 8/7c The deep blue sea is a majestic place explored by many, but it also holds some of the world's deadliest apex predators ... sharks! These savage killers have one thing in common: the need to feed. In their quest, they use sheer force, technique and genetics to achieve their ultimate goal.

FULL SHARKFEST 2017 PROGRAMMING SCHEDULE (ALL TIMES ET/PT)

Sunday July 23
8:00 P Shark vs. Predator (P)
9:00 P THE WHALE That Ate Jaws
10:00 P Shark Kill Zone

Monday July 24
8:00 P Tiger Shark Terror (P)
9:00 P Mega Hammerhead
10:00 P Mission Critical: Sharks Under Attack

Tuesday July 25
8:00 P Shark Swarm (P)
9:00 P Shark Alley
10:00 P Shocking Sharks

Wednesday July 26
8:00 P World's Deadliest: Shark Frenzy! (P)
9:00 P Shark vs. Predator
10:00 P Blitzkrieg Sharks

Thursday July 27
8:00 P United Sharks of America
9:00 P Sharkatraz
10:00 P Tiger Shark Terror

Friday July 28
8:00 P When Sharks Attack: Florida Frenzy
9:00 P When Sharks Attack: Gulf Coast Killers
10:00 P When Sharks Attack: Hawaiian Terror

For the first time ever, National Geographic is bringing audiences to new depths with shark experiences across the company's many interactive platforms, including a National Geographic Museum SHARK exhibit, a shark-sighting app in partnership with Atlantic White Shark Conservancy, photojournalist Brian Skerry's book of shark photos and a shark feature in National Geographic magazine.

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