Can you smell what Discovery Channel is cooking up for Shark Week?
Beginning this Sunday and continuing through next weekend, the cabler’s annual, Jaws-dropping spectacle will feature 25 hours of original programming about one of nature’s most feared predators. And for the first time in its 34-year history, Shark Week has a host: Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson, who will “kick off and close the first five nights with a special message that highlights what fans can expect to watch that evening and spark their interest to return the following night for more Shark Week fun,” according to Discovery. Filmed in his home state of Hawaii, “each message will connect viewers to Johnson’s heritage and the importance of sharks for his culture and personal story.”
In addition to myriad documentaries, 2022’s lineup includes the Impractical Jokers’ Shark Week Spectacular (featuring Brian Quinn, Sal Vulcano and James Murray), Jackass Shark Week 2.0 (featuring Johnny Knoxville, Chris Pontius, Wee Man, Jasper, Dark Shark, Zach Holmes and Poopies) and Tracy Morgan Presents: Sharks! With Tracy Morgan (featuring, you guessed it, Tracy Morgan).
Scroll down for the complete Shark Week roster, then hit the comments and tell us which specials spark your fin-terest.
ALREADY STREAMING ON DISCOVERY+
Dawn of Monster Mako
A 14-foot giant mako shark is spotted in the waters off the Azores. Veteran underwater cinematographer Joe Romeiro and his wife, marine biologist and filmmaker Lauren Romeiro, search the teeming depths around the ancient island archipelago to capture the beast on film.
Great White Intersection
Following the tragic and fatal shark attack of Arthur Medici in September 2018, Great White Intersection takes an in-depth look at the resurgence of great white sharks off the beaches of Cape Cod as the local community struggles to come to terms with a new reality.
The Haunting of Shark Tower
News of a harrowing shark encounter at North Carolina’s Frying Pan Tower has underwater cinematographer Andy Casagrande and Shark Expert Kori Garza on a dangerous quest to discover whether great white sharks are moving into the state’s waters.
DAY 1 — SUNDAY, JULY 24
7 pm Return to Headstone Hell
Dr. Riley Elliott returns to Norfolk Island with underwater cinematographer Kina Scollay to see what happens when the island’s tiger sharks go head-to-head with migrating great whites over an unusual food source: cow carcasses.
8 pm Great White Battleground
Michelle Jewel believes the great white sharks of South Africa perform their signature aerial attacks for reasons beyond just hunting prey. Now, she’s headed to the great white battleground on a cutting-edge mission to decipher the secret language of white shark breaching. (Also on Discovery+)
9 pm Jackass Shark Week 2.0
Johnny Knoxville, Chris Pontius, Wee Man, Jasper, Dark Shark, Zach Holmes and Poopies are back to finish what they started. After Knoxville sent the guys on a terrifying Shark Week mission last year, Knoxville is joining the boys as they head out to get their friend Poopies over his fear of sharks. (Also on Discovery+)
10:30 pm Great White Open Ocean
In 2020, shark diving expert Jimi Partington nearly dies in the jaws of a great white. A year later, he looks to overcome his PTSD and get back in the water with the ocean’s biggest mega-sharks. But what starts off as a positive experience, quickly becomes a battle for life and death. (Also on Discovery+)
DAY 2 — MONDAY, JULY 25
7 pm Stranger Sharks
Mark Rober and Noah Schnapp from Stranger Things are teaming up for the ultimate Shark Week adventure — exploring abandoned undersea ruins and manmade artificial reefs searching for the strangest sharks in the ocean.
8 pm Air Jaws: Top Guns
High-flying sharks are back, but with a new team competing to be the next “top guns” of Air Jaws. Dickie Chivell and Andy Casagrande use the latest high-tech cameras in hopes of capturing the largest breaching great white ever seen. (Also on Discovery+)
9 pm Great White Serial Killer: Fatal Christmas
After a surfer dies off Morro Bay, California on Christmas Eve, shark attack investigators Ralph Collier and Brandon McMillan use forensic evidence and eyewitness accounts to ID the suspected killer: an 18-foot great white. (Also on Discovery+)
10 pm Rise of the Monster Hammerheads
Reports of two legendary, very large great hammerheads – Big Moe in the Florida Keys and Sunken in Andros, Bahamas – have Dr. Tristan Guttridge and Andy Casagrande wondering if there is a clan of monster hammerheads who share the same DNA. (Also on Discovery+)
11 pm Mega Predators of Oz
In South Australia, a fisherman found a half-eaten mako and shark experts say only one species is responsible. Using underwater ultrasound imagery, tissue sampling and collecting DNA, they will prove that the great white is the ultimate mega predator.
DAY 3 — TUESDAY, JULY 26
7 pm Extinct or Alive Jaws of Alaska
International wildlife biologist Forrest Galante travels the world in search of rare and elusive wildlife, including those lost to science, and mysterious cold-water sharks.
8 pm Impractical Jokers Shark Week Spectacular
The Impractical Jokers are the kings of hijinx and fearlessness in the face of public humiliation but see what happens when they set out to dispel the myth that sharks are man-eating beasts the only way they know how – with extreme, mortifying challenges and dares. (Also on Discovery+)
9 pm Jaws vs Kraken
Something shocking is happening in the abyss around Guadalupe Island. Photos of great whites with strange scars believed to be from giant squids have surfaced. Dr. Tristan Guttridge leads a mission to get a glimpse into the battles between the two beasts. (Also on Discovery+)
10 pm Pigs vs Shark
The famous swimming pigs of the Bahamas may be in peril. Some believe that the local tiger shark population have acquired a taste for pork and may be feasting on these famous oink-sters. (Also on Discovery+)
11 pm Raging Bulls
Bull sharks are one of Australia’s “Big 3” deadly shark species. Recently, there’s been a shift in their behavior concerning the human population. Paul De Gelder joins Johan Gustafson to uncover why these sharks are becoming more aggressive hunters.
DAY 4 — WEDNESDAY, JULY 27
8 pm Island of Walking Sharks
Animal Planet’s International wildlife conservationist and biologist Forrest Galante travels to the mysterious island of Papua New Guinea to definitively prove that sharks are evolving to walk on land. (Also on Discovery+)
9 pm Mechashark Love Down Under
Shark expert Kina Scollay and his elite team return with a unique one-man-submersible, the Mechashark, to a top-secret location off New Zealand attempting to do something that’s never been done: locate a Great White shark mating ground. (Also on Discovery+)
10 pm Mission Shark Dome
A team of shark experts re-imagine ancient diving bell technology to create a research platform they call Shark Dome. Dr. Austin Gallagher and Andre Musgrove enter the Shark Dome to allow them to free dive at depth and get closer to great white sharks than ever before. (Also on Discovery+)
11 pm Great White Comeback
In 2017, one of the strangest ocean mysteries occurred in South Africa when an entire great white shark population disappeared overnight. Alison Towner and her team head out on an epic investigation to find the missing great whites of Seal Island.
DAY 5 — THURSDAY, JULY 28
8 pm Tracy Morgan Presents: Sharks! With Tracy Morgan
Tracy Morgan teams up with shark experts throughout the country to identify the craziest and most ferocious sharks in the ocean. From rare species to stealth predators, Tracy shows off his favorite sharks and their incredible capabilities and adaptations. (Also streaming on Discovery+)
9 pm Shark House
When never-before-seen footage surfaces of a pack of orcas killing a great white, Dickie Chivell springs into action, building an underwater habitat called “Shark House”. His mission is to live on the sea floor for seven days, looking for the last remaining great white sharks in South African waters. (Also streaming on Discovery+)
10 pm Monster Mako Under the Rig
A team of researchers have discovered a mysterious group of mako sharks of the Gulf of Mexico who migrate around Florida and up to Rhode Island. They call these makos ‘mavericks’. Now, the teams are trying to discover what sets them apart from other makos. (Also streaming on Discovery+)
11 pm Tiger Queen
The shark population in Turks and Caicos has a sizable concentration of female tiger sharks, leaving scientists wondering where all the males are hiding. Shark enthusiast Kinga Philipps joins Dr. Austin Gallagher to help solve this puzzling mystery.
DAY 6 — FRIDAY, JULY 29
8 pm Jaws vs The Blob
A new ocean phenomenon known as The Blob sends juvenile great white sharks straight into a feeding frenzy for monster 20ft adults off the coast of Guadalupe Island. A team of shark experts dives deep to discover if the young sharks survive or become a snack. (Also streaming on Discovery+)
9 pm Clash of Killers: Great White vs Mako
Scientist Dr. Riley Elliott is tracking two of the ocean’s most legendary apex predators – great whites and makos – as they head on a collision course during their yearly migration off the coast of New Zealand. (Also streaming on Discovery+)
10 pm Shark Women: Ghosted by Great Whites
Alison Towner has risked her life many times, tagging and studying great white migration patterns in South Africa for the past decade. Now she’s assembling the next generation of shark explorers for a spectacular adventure. Together, her all-female crew will pull all the stops – cage dive, free dive, drones, decoys, breeches and more – to track her missing white sharks. (Also streaming on Discovery+)
11 pm The Great Hammerhead Stakeout
Dr. Tristan Guttridge and James Glancy travel to Andros Island to investigate reports of an exclusive population of giant hammerheads. To get answers, they attempt one of the longest shark dives ever upwards of 10 hours using an underwater habitat.
DAY 7 — SATURDAY, JULY 30
8 pm Monsters of the Cape
Shark Week Veterans, Dr. Craig O’Connell and Mark Rackley, dive into the great white infested waters off of Cape Cod looking to test cutting-edge shark deterrents to help keep the waters of the Cape safe for both beach-goers and sharks, before it’s too late. (Also streaming on Discovery+)
9 pm Sharks in Paradise
Shark conservationist Kinga Philipps and scientist Tristan Guttridge embark on an expedition through the remote Islands of Tahiti to investigate whether local legends and mysteries about massive sharks are true. (Also streaming on Discovery+)