Whether you love sharks or love to be terrified of them, National Geographic’s annual SharkFest summer event has got you covered. Celebrating its 10th year, SharkFest is here and it is bigger than ever, not only with the amount of content that it has in store for viewers, but with where they can watch all the shark-themed fun.
SharkFest 2022 features 30 hours of original content in addition to more than 60 hours of enhanced content all meant to shine a light on the science of sharks, giving viewers a better understanding of the ocean’s apex, but also most misunderstood, predator — while also hoping to provide plenty of entertainment value.
There’s a lot to keep an eye on with SharkFest this year, so we’ve got you covered with just about everything you need to know on tuning in for the National Geographic special.
When is SharkFest 2022?
The 10th edition of National Geographic’s SharkFest begins on Sunday, July 10 in the US and is going to continue for four weeks. In the UK, SharkFest starts a week later, July 17, and is going to last for two weeks.
Where to watch SharkFest
SharkFest has always been able to be enjoyed on National Geographic, but it’s swimming into new TV territory this year for US audiences, with programming set to air on the Disney Plus and Hulu streaming services, as well as broadcast networks ABC and ESPN. This is in addition to avenues that have shown SharkFest content in the past, including Nat Geo WILD, Nat Geo MUNDO and Disney XD.
National Geographic, ABC, ESPN, Nat Geo WILD, Nat Geo MUNDO and Disney XD are all cable networks that can be carried by pay-TV cable subscriptions (check your subscription to see which are included in your package), or are available on live TV streaming services like FuboTV, Hulu with Live TV, Sling TV or YouTube TV. Disney Plus and Hulu, meanwhile, can be signed up for individually or as part of the Disney Bundle. All SharkFest content will make its way to Disney Plus after it premieres.
For UK shark fans, all programming is going to be available on National Geographic and Nat Geo WILD, which are available on Sky TV, Virgin Media, BT TV and Talk Talk. Now TV and tvplayer carry just Nat Geo WILD.
SharkFest 2022 shows
With more than 30 hours of original programming, SharkFest 2022 is going to cover more than 15 different shark species with features from all over the world. Here is a complete look at this year’s SharkFest lineup:
"Can sharks change color at will to enhance their predatory abilities? Through groundbreaking experiments, revered shark biologists answer this evolutionary question. Shark scientists Dr. Ryan Johnson and Ph.D. candidate Gibbs Kuguru hope to capture real-time pigmentation changes to understand how these apex ocean predators manipulate their skin’s dermal cells to activate camouflage."
July 10 at 10 pm ET/PT on National Geographic (US)
July 16 at 10 pm ET/PT on DisneyXD (US)
July 21 at 8 pm UK on Nat Geo WILD (UK)
August 1 at 9 pm ET/PT on Nat Geo WILD (US)
Backyard Bull Sharks
"Bull sharks are invading in a big way. Their bullish behavior in oceans worldwide has made them famous from coast to coast. The seven seas aren’t enough; they’re taking over brackish waters and rivers too! Warmer waters due to climate change mean bull sharks can expand their range even further … so the more we learn about them now, the better."
July 10 at 11 pm ET/PT on National Geographic (US)
July 28 at 9 pm UK on Nat Geo WILD (UK)
August 6 at 6 pm ET/PT on Nat Geo Wild (US)
Sharks vs the World
"Ever feel like the world is working against you? Try being a shark! These predators of the deep have some serious beef with just about everyone. Whales, tuna, surfers, swimmers, they’re at odds with them all. In face-off after face-off, sharks prove they are the ULTIMATE survivors."
July 11 at 7 pm ET/PT on National Geographic (US)
July 26 at 8 pm UK on Nat Geo WILD (UK)
August 5 at 10 pm ET/PT on Nat Geo WILD (US)
When Sharks Attack (six-episode series)
"Shark attacks seem to be on the rise in North America and beyond! But what’s causing the alarming uptick in human and shark encounters? Scientists investigate first-hand accounts, uncovering clues and details that will unravel the mystery behind the terrifying shark attack spike. The answers will impact beachgoers around the globe."
July 11 at 8 pm ET/PT, with new episodes each night (US)
July 17 at 8 pm UK on Nat Geo Wild (UK)
July 24 at 8 pm UK on Nat Geo WILD (UK)
July 31 at 8 pm UK on Nat Geo WILD (UK)
August 1 at 7 pm ET/PT on Nat Geo WILD (US)
"If you go down to the beach today, you could get a big surprise! Drones are revolutionizing everything that we thought we knew about sharks. And the biggest surprise? That many sharks live closer to our shores than we might like to imagine. It’s time to look behind you; the ocean’s top predator could be much closer than you think!"
July 11 at 9 pm ET/PT on National Geographic (US)
July 16 at 9 pm ET/PT on Disney XD (US)
July 27 at 8 pm UK on Nat Geo WILD (UK)
July 28 at 8 pm UK on Nat Geo WILD (UK)
August 2 at 9 pm ET/PT on Nat Geo WILD (US)
Game of Sharks
"It’s time for sharks to face off in the ultimate species competition with the greatest matchups the ocean has ever seen. In ten nail-biting competitions, we’ll prove once and for all which shark is the MVP of the open sea. The great white is favored, but can it beat the shortfin mako in the 100-meter dash? Or out-jump the thresher shark? Can it keep up with the appetite of the whale shark? An underdog might just swim into first place!"
July 11 at 9 pm ET/PT on ESPN (US)
July 15 at 10 pm ET/PT on National Geographic (US)
July 22 at 8 pm UK on Nat Geo WILD (UK)
Maui Shark Mystery
"Every year tiger sharks gather in big numbers in Maui. What’s the cause? It’s a mystery that’s a decade in the making. Now, a team of fearless shark scientists gets hands-on with one of the ocean’s largest predators to find out. That means free diving, face-to-face and unprotected. But these young women will do whatever it takes to get the data they need to crack the case."
July 11 at 10 pm ET/PT on National Geographic (US)
July 17 at 10 pm ET/PT on Disney XD (US)
July 20 at 8 pm UK on Nat Geo WILD (UK)
August 2 at 10 pm ET/PT on Nat Geo WILD (US)
Great White vs Tiger Shark
"The two biggest of the BIG THREE — great whites and tiger sharks — are two of the most dangerous predators in the ocean. And they get BIG, up to 20 feet and 18 feet, respectively. But can they grow even larger than that? Where can we find the world’s biggest? Two teams of scientists are diving in to uncover the secrets of these powerful and majestic creatures."
July 11 at 10 pm ET/PT on ESPN (US)
July 17 at 7 pm ET/PT on National Geographic (US)
July 22 at 9 pm UK on Nat Geo Wild (UK)
July 31 at 9 pm ET/PT on Disney XD (US)
August 5 at 8 pm ET/PT on Nat Geo WILD (US)
"Shark encounters off the coast of California are skyrocketing. Now, a team of researchers is on a mission to investigate a newly discovered white shark hot spot close to popular beaches and determine how many great whites are out there. Their expedition will bring them face-to-face with some of the biggest sharks on the planet."
July 12 at 9 pm ET/PT on National Geographic (US)
July 31 at 10 pm ET/PT on Disney XD (US)
August 3 at 9 pm ET/PT on Nat Geo WILD (US)
"Two teams of experts go to extraordinary lengths to take shark science into the wild as they investigate two of the most iconic shark superpowers: speed and bite force. In California, the race is on as Andy Casagrande attempts to reveal the top speed of the world’s fastest shark. And in the Bahamas, Brocq Maxey gets much closer than most to investigate the power in a shark’s bite."
July 12 at 10 pm ET/PT on National Geographic (US)
July 17 at 9 pm ET/PT on Disney XD (US)
August 1 at 10 pm ET/PT on Nat Geo WILD (US)
"In the animal kingdom, males are often presumed to be the most dominant. But in the ocean, does this presumption hold water? Scientists search for answers to understand if the biggest and baddest sharks of them all are female. From the great white sharks of South Africa to the tiger sharks in the Maldives, the team seeks to uncover the ultimate rulers of the waves."
July 13 at 9 pm ET/PT on National Geographic (US)
July 26 at 9 pm UK on Nat Geo WILD (UK)
August 4 at 9 pm ET/PT on Nat Geo WILD (US)
"Even the biggest, fastest and fiercest predators start as babies. Baby sharks are cute, but they need to grow up fast because out of more than 500 species of sharks, not one parent sticks around to help raise them. Sharks are found in every ocean across the planet and have evolved in extraordinarily different ways to carry their young and give birth and for baby sharks to thrive."
July 13 at 10 pm ET/PT on National Geographic (US)
July 19 at 8 pm UK on Nat Geo WILD (UK)
July 24 at 10 pm ET/PT on Disney XD (US)
August 7 at 8 pm ET/PT on Nat Geo WILD (US)
Shark Beach With Chris Hemsworth
"Debuting on network TV after being part of SharkFest 2021, Chris Hemsworth is on a mission to uncover the science of shark behavior and discover how humans and sharks can safely coexist. After an increase in local shark attacks along the east coast of Australia, Hemsworth seeks to understand different species of sharks and their behaviors while also exploring new preventative measures and the latest technology to help stave off shark-human encounters. The special from Nutopia (One Strange Rock) also features underwater conservationist and legend Valerie Taylor."
July 13 at 8 pm ET/PT on ABC (US)
July 21 at 10 pm ET/PT on National Geographic (US)
Croc That Ate Jaws Enhanced
"Around the world, crocs and gators are moving out to sea and deep into shark territory. With reports of clashes on the rise, scientists are sending cameras to investigate what happens when two of the deadliest predators on the planet match bites! Biologist and host Mike Heithaus investigates whether these predators are facing off more often than we realize and who comes out on top when they do."
July 14 at 7 pm ET/PT on National Geographic (US)
July 21 at 9 pm UK on Nat Geo WILD (UK)
August 4 at 8 pm ET/PT on Nat Geo WILD (US)
Shark Side of the Moon
"The moon has an impact on animal species around the globe, but there’s never been a connection drawn between the lunar cycle and sharks. One scientist thinks the moon plays an important role in the migration and life cycle of the scalloped hammerhead, and he’s on a mission to see if his hypothesis is true. If there’s a tie between the hammerhead shark and the moon, there could be a tie with other shark species as well ... with a profound impact on both shark science and conservation."
July 14 at 9 pm ET/PT on National Geographic (US)
July 18 at 8 pm UK on Nat Geo WILD (UK)
July 30 at 9 pm ET/PT on Disney XD (US)
August 5 at 6 pm ET/PT on Nat Geo WILD (US)
Sharks That Eat Everything
"Dive into the jaw-dropping stories of anyone and anything that’s found themselves prey to the deadliest, toothiest terrors of the sea. The boundless hunger and curiosity of sharks can lead them to chow down on the most unexpected things, such as big game like hippos and crocs or inanimate objects like kayaks, cages and chicken coops."
July 14 at 10 pm ET/PT on National Geographic (US)
July 19 at 8 pm UK on Nat Geo WILD (UK)
August 4 at 10 pm ET/PT on Nat Geo WILD (US)
Planet Shark (three-episode series)
"Sharks are one of the oldest and most successful hunters to have ever lived. With more than 500 species, sharks dominate every corner of the ocean. What is it about these extraordinary animals that make them so successful? For the first time, scientists are unlocking the secrets of sharks. Featuring newly discovered species, locations and behavior, Planet Shark combines stunning 4K archive footage with original content from the world’s leading shark scientists to take a timely and in-depth look at the greatest predator on Earth."
July 16 at 8 pm ET/PT on National Geographic (US)
Jaws vs Boats
"All across YouTube, viral videos abound of great whites and other sharks attacking boats with a ferocity and anger that has never been seen before. The question is, why? Is this simply a case of more people having cameras to video the behavior, or is something else happening? Dr. Mike Heithaus and Ph.D. candidate Sara Casareto set out to investigate what’s causing this clash between sharks and boats."
July 17 at 8 pm ET/PT on National Geographic (US)
July 23 at 9 pm ET/PT on Disney XD (US)
July 25 at 8 pm UK on Nat Geo WILD (UK)
August 5 at 9 pm ET/PT on Nat Geo WILD (US)
Shark Attack Files (eight-episode series)
"Scientists use cutting-edge technology to investigate startling new theories about the world’s most dramatic shark attacks. Why are sharks drawn to shipwrecks? Are sharks entering urban environments? Are pregnant sharks more likely to kill? Can humans outsmart sharks? Why do sharks prefer to attack men? New footage, survivor accounts and hands-on testing drive us toward stunning conclusions."
July 18, two episodes at 8 pm ET/PT & 9 pm ET/PT on National Geographic (US)
July 24 at 9 pm UK on Nat Geo WILD (UK)
July 31 at 9 pm UK on Nat Geo WILD (UK)
August 7 at 6 pm ET/PT on Nat Geo WILD (US)
Shark Attack Files season 2
"First-hand accounts reveal the shocking truth about shark attacks as scientists race to understand one of nature’s most misunderstood predators."
July 17 at 9 pm UK on Nat Geo WILD (UK)
Shark Attack Files Compilation
"Scientific experts research about the bizarre and fascinating shark behaviour based on real footage captured by professionals."
July 29 at 8 and 9 pm UK on Nat Geo WILD (UK)
World’s Biggest Hammerhead?
"Numerous reports of giant great hammerhead sharks, up to twenty feet in length, have put the actual size potential of this species into question. A team of scientists from Florida International University is now on an expedition off the Florida coast to try and find the world’s biggest hammerhead, taking them from the numerous bridges of the Florida Keys to the sharky waters of the Bahamas."
July 18 at 10 pm ET/PT on National Geographic (US)
July 20 at 9 pm UK on Nat Geo WILD (UK)
July 24 at 9 pm ET/PT on Disney XD (US)
August 3 at 10 pm ET/PT on Nat Geo WILD (US)
"Big and dangerous predators are invading unexpected waters, from golf courses and swimming pools to lakes and backyard keys. Through analyzing user-generated footage, shark experts get to the bottom of how and why sharks seem more willing than ever to meet us on our own turf. In a bizarre twist, people encountering sharks in unexpected places are called to urgent action."
July 19 at 10 pm ET/PT on National Geographic (US)
July 19 at 9 pm UK on Nat Geo WILD (UK)
July 30 at 10 pm ET/PT on Disney XD (US)
August 6 at 7 pm ET/PT on Nat Geo WILD (US)
"In the update to the program, we’ll explore the stories of two shark predators in particular – the Great Hammerhead and the cookie cutter shark. The Great Hammerhead is known to prey upon sharks of all varieties, particularly blacktips. Potential footage includes a recent fishing expedition - Golfing legend Greg Norman had a blacktip on the line, only to lose it to a Great Hammerhead who then became hooked. After a 45 minute battle, the team realized they had hooked a monster – 14 feet long! (They released the shark) And the cookie cutter shark, perhaps the creepiest shark of the deep, a two foot-long predator that chomps a hole in whatever it can find – including Great White Sharks. Gavin Naylor, Director of the Florida Museum of Natural History International Shark Attack File joins his colleagues investigating the feeding mechanisms of this mysterious predator of the deep."
July 23 at 8 pm UK on Nat Geo WILD (UK)
Killer Shark vs Killer Whale
"The mystery of orcas attacking great white sharks for their livers leaves scientists baffled. This unusual predatory behaviour has been witnessed in three parts of the world: California, South Africa and Australia. But the most shocking outcome is the disappearance of the other sharks after the event. How are they communicating with their kin and getting out of dodge when the killer whales move in?"
July 27 at 9 pm UK on Nat Geo WILD (UK)
Michael Balderston is a DC-based entertainment and assistant managing editor for What to Watch, who has previously written about the TV and movies with TV Technology, Awards Circuit and regional publications. Spending most of his time watching new movies at the theater or classics on TCM, some of Michael's favorite movies include Casablanca, Moulin Rouge!, Silence of the Lambs, Children of Men, One Flew Over the Cuckoos Nest and Star Wars. On the TV side he enjoys Peaky Blinders, The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel, Saturday Night Live, Only Murders in the Building and is always up for a Seinfeld rerun.
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