Get out of the water! Shark Week 2020 is swimming onto your screen Sunday, August 9 at 8 p.m. and it’s going to be one for the books. This year’s edition of the highly-anticipated summer series boasts a whopping 24 specials, more than Shark Week has ever had. (Insert “you’re gonna need a bigger boat” jokes here). It’s also going to be star-studded, featuring celebrities like Mike Tyson, Will Smith and Shaq, amongst a sea of other famous faces. Of course, the real stars are the sharks. So, click on your life jacket and read on to find out the itinerary and how you can tune in!
Here’s everything you need to know about Shark Week 2020:
When does Shark Week 2020 start and end?
August 9 - August 16. The 32nd installment begins Sunday, August 9 with Air Jaws: Ultimate Breach Off at 8 p.m. on the Discovery Channel. At least three specials will air nightly, culminating with a two-hour episode of “Naked and Afraid of Sharks” at 8 p.m. on August 16.
How can I stream Shark Week 2020 online without cable?
Never fear! You can live stream the ocean predators on Fubo TV or Philo, which both offer free trials and have on demand features. Most of the major streaming services like Sling, Hulu with Live TV, YouTube TV, etc. offer a package with Discovery Channel and free trial options for first-time users as well.
What is the Shark Week 2020 schedule?
Listed below, Courtesy of Discovery:
Sunday, August 9:
8 p.m.: “Air Jaws: Ultimate Breach Off” - Three teams of researchers return to one of the last hunting grounds for AIR JAWS. They will use decoys, drones, and underwater cameras to count the number of breaches and collect data on hunting techniques to see if the shark population is rebounding.
9 p.m: “Tyson vs. Jaws: Rumble on the Reef” - Legendary boxer and entrepreneur Mike Tyson will go head to head with some of the ocean’s top apex predators, including the black tip reef shark. With famed ring announcer Michael Buffer calling the shots, Mike Tyson will try to score a TKO over the massive shark… all in the name of research.
10 p.m.: “Shark Lockdown” - In the waters off New Zealand, the largest female great whites are measuring over 20ft long, earning the nickname “the 747s.” With no human interaction during COVID-19, researchers built a self-propelled cage to see how hunting patterns have changed.
Monday, August 10
8 p.m.: “Abandoned Waters” - With no human interaction for the first time in decades, some of the biggest great white sharks on earth are returning to their natural behaviors…allowing scientists to study them up close and personal in ways that were nearly impossible before.
9 p.m: “ShaqAttack” - After Shaq Does Shark Week, Shaquille O’Neal is back, and now he’s on a mission to determine what shark has the perfect predatory attack. Shaq is deploying YouTube stars Dude Perfect and Mark Rober to put various species to the test and uncover the most mind-blowing hunting techniques of this ultimate predator.
10 p.m.: “Jaws Awakens” - Shark expert Chris Fallows joins Jeff Kurr and Dickie Chivell to search for the largest male great white shark in the world. Together, Chris, Jeff, and Dickie explore the waters of New Zealand trying to find a nearly 20-foot long, two-ton shark named Fred.
Tuesday, August 11
8 p.m.: “Extinct or Alive: Land of the Lost Sharks” - Wildlife biologist and conservationist Forrest Galante dives into some of the most treacherous, shark-infested waters in the southern hemisphere all in an attempt to rediscover three unique sharks lost to science for as long as 100 years.
9 p.m: “Will Smith: Off The Deep End” - Will Smith is diving headfirst into action, excitement, and shark-infested waters, as he confronts his fear of the open seas and the open jaws of nature’s fiercest predators.
10 p.m.: “Great White Serial Killer Extinction” - The Great White Serial Killer returns and it’s on a killing spree that may push the California Sea Otter to extinction. Investigators deploy an otter dummy to get a closer look and witness one of the most spectacular attacks in Shark Week history.
Wednesday, August 12
8 p.m.: “Monsters Under the Bridge” - Scientists believe that monster sharks make their home under the Old Seven Mile Bridge. Fishermen claim that one of the sharks is a 15-foot-long, half-ton great hammerhead named Big Moe. If this is true, he will be the largest hammerhead on the planet.
9 p.m: “Adam Devine’s Secret Shark Lair” - Last year, Adam Devine and a team of marine biologists deployed a CATS camera tag on a massive tiger shark that yielded a surprising scientiﬁc discovery; a secret tiger shark lair.
10 p.m.: “Great White Double Trouble” - Australia is in the midst of a rising wave of shark attacks, with great whites leading the way. Scientists have just discovered that Aussies are facing not one population of great whites, but two! Researchers want to know who rules the waters.
Thursday, August 13
8 p.m.: “Air Jaws 2020” - Shark Week celebrates 20 years of flying sharks with Jeff Kurr, Chris Fallows, Dickie Chivell, and many more as they revisit the most popular and iconic “Air Jaws” moments.
9 p.m: “Sharkadelic Summer” - Snoop Dogg takes a look at why Great White Sharks are taking up residence along America’s shores. In this special, Snoop will breakdown the craziest shark encounters caught on tape, marvel at the wild and unpredictable reactions, and meet with the leading experts who are trying to unlock the secrets behind this great white shark invasion.
10 p.m.: “Mako Nation” - Shark scientist Riley Elliot and underwater cameraman Andy Casagrande are on an epic expedition to uncover the mysteries of the mako shark in one of the last places on earth where these apex predators rule the waters.
Friday, August 14
8 p.m.: “Alien Sharks: First Contact” - Mysterious and bizarre alien sharks lurk far beneath the waves in remarkably deep waters where researchers are on a quest to make first contact. Pursuing the elusive frilled shark, sleeper shark and cookie-cutter shark bring even more unexpected encounters.
9 p.m: “Lair of the Great White” - A team of experts attempts to find out why a population of great whites off the coast of Western Australia is so much more aggressive than others. The team must brave the elements and venture into treacherous underwater caves to find out for themselves.
10 p.m.: “Tiger Shark King” - In the Caribbean, a deep sea camera captured footage of a 14-foot tiger shark suffering an assault by a large, unseen beast. It could be an unknown species of mega-shark or even a cannibalistic tiger shark. Dr. Austin Gallagher wants to find out.
11 p.m.: “I Was Prey” - Two adventure seekers recount their horrifying shark attack experiences. Off the coast of Australia, a spearfishing expedition turns into a nightmare featuring a ferocious bull shark and a great white attacks a paddle boarder on Ascension Island.
Saturday, August 15
8 p.m.: “Sharks of Ghost Island” - On the edge of the Bermuda Triangle lies Ghost Island, a place locals have abandoned after multiple shipwrecks and shark attacks. Dr. Craig O’Connell is back with a team of experts and they are determined to find why this island attracts so many sharks, even the great white.
9 p.m: “Wicked Sharks” - As the number of great white shark encounters on Cape Cod spikes, shark expert Dr. Greg Skomal breaks out cutting-edge tech to capture the white shark’s point-of-view – revealing exactly how and where they hunt in the summer to better protect the public.
10 p.m.: “Sharks Gone Wild 3” - Everything you always wanted to know about viral shark videos but were afraid to ask!
11 p.m.: “I Was Prey: Terrors from the Deep” - A California surfer, a Canadian thrill-seeker, an Alabama football coach, and a mother from North Carolina reveal how they each came face-to-face with the ocean’s top predator and lived to tell their stories.
Sunday, August 16
8 p.m.: “Naked & Afraid of Sharks 2” - On the edge of the Bermuda Triangle, five Naked and Afraid veterans attempt to survive on a remote strip of islands whose waters are so teeming with predators, locals call it “Shark Alley.”