The Best Episodes of Shark Week
Last Updated: Feb 17, 2019
Every year The Discovery Channel dedicates a full week to sharks, this includes newly made specials each year all featuring sharks.
#1 - Shark After Dark
Season 2009 - Episode 6
In this Episode we will see the Shark after Dark. Sharks are most aggressive and most active in the dark but the fact is we know extremely small things about the nocturnal nature of these creatures. In this Episode, a team of diver’s travel around the world and go down into the shark dangerous after-dark hunting grounds. Their goal is to learn more about how Great Whites, Six-Gills, and Tiger Sharks behavior after the sun goes down.
#2 - When Fish Attack 3
Season 2011 - Episode 8
Travel the waters of the world to meet people who made some pretty dumb mistakes around dangerous sea creatures, including sharks, as well as folks who were simply in the wrong place at the wrong time. Each story includes actual footage of the events and expert analysis.
#4 - World's Scariest Animal Attacks
Season 2012 - Episode 8
Ten of the most terrifying animal attacks filmed by eyewitnesses. Some of the world's biggest predators - a 15 foot shark, raging elephants, and a half ton bull turn their attention towards people who are in the wrong place at the wrong time.
#5 - Ridiculous Cakes: 30th Anniversary of Shark Week
Season 2018 - Episode 1
Celebrating the 30th anniversary of "Shark Week" with a 4-foot-tall cake; the hunt for Bigfoot leads to a sweet encounter for a Seattle cake artist; an entire cake is decorated with only buttercream frosting.
#7 - Mythbusters: Shark Special
Season 2008 - Episode 1
Using their signature sci-tech style of explosive experimentation, the MythBusters hit the deep blue from California to the Bahamas to investigate myths about sharks. They are honing in on some doozies this year: Do dogs attract sharks? Do the vibrations caused by a flapping injured fish attract sharks? Does chili powder repel sharks? And hosts Adam Savage and Jamie Hyneman create the ultimate SHARK WEEK build – a 16-foot-long robo-shark!
#8 - Spawn of Jaws: The Birth
Season 2014 - Episode 8
Dr. Michael Domeier has spent years scouring the Pacific Ocean hoping to solve one of the greatest mysteries of shark science: the location of great white pupping grounds. In 2013, he set the process in motion by successfully tagging a pregnant female shark that he called Gil Rakers. Now he’s returning to the sea in Spawn of Jaws 2: The Birth to follow her journey and be the first to capture the birth of a baby great white shark.
#9 - Top 10 Sharkdown
Season 2013 - Episode 7
TOP 10 SHARKDOWN updates the international shark attack files for the 21st century and takes a closer look at the sharks viewers won't want to meet at the beach this summer - and the ones swimmers and surfers are most likely to encounter. From the weird - the feisty cookie cutter, which bites cookie-shaped circles out of its prey; to the macabre, like the Sand Tiger, whose cannibalistic young devour each other in the womb; to the infamous Great Whites, Tiger Sharks and Bull Sharks - TOP 10 SHARKDOWN ranks these amazing predators.
#10 - Shark School with Michael Phelps
Season 2017 - Episode 17
Michael Phelps joins Doc Gruber and Tristan Guttridge of the Bimini Shark Lab to get a crash course on everything ‘shark.’ They’ll dispel the myths and common misconceptions, teach him how to safely dive with sharks - including how to stay calm when a hammerhead swims two feet above his face - and will get Michael Phelps up close and personal with the incredible power of a Great White. Produced by Peacock Productions.
#12 - Great White Gauntlet
Season 2013 - Episode 11
Abalone diving can be both lucrative and dangerous when it happens in one of the most deadly shark feeding grounds, known as the "Great White Gauntlet", off the south coast of Australia.
#13 - Shark Trek
Season 2015 - Episode 1
Shark expert, Greg Skomal and a team of engineers from the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution embark on a mission to find out why Great White sightings in Florida are on the rise. It's the biggest study ever of Atlantic great whites.
#14 - Return to the Isle of Jaws
Season 2017 - Episode 6
Divers and scientists RETURN TO THE ISLE OF JAWS to unlock the mysteries of this new great white hot spot, just south of Western Australia. They make a startling discovery that causes us to re-think of everything we thought we knew about great whites. Produced by Red Rock Films.
#15 - Zombie Sharks
Season 2014 - Episode 7
Zombie Sharks explores tonic immobility, a catatonic zombie-like state that can be achieved in sharks. This shark phenomenon has been studied by scientists for years, but a recent spike in orca whale attacks on great white sharks suggests that orcas have now learned how to immobilize and prey on great whites. Professional diver Eli Martinez looks to prove this theory by being the first person to induce underwater tonic immobility in a massive great white shark.
#18 - Shark Exile
Season 2017 - Episode 12
In Brazil, Dr. Hazin has successfully reduced the number of shark encounters by simply catching and moving sharks out to the open sea. What’s his secret? And can this solution work in Australia, where encounters are a problem? Produced by Sealight Pictures.
#19 - Shark Vortex
Season 2017 - Episode 5
Each summer the Gulf Stream pushes north into the waters of southern New England, bringing with it 30 species of shark. Greg Skomal and Joe Romeiro study the annual spectacle, focusing on three sharks – makos, great whites, and porbeagles – that can out-swim, out-think, and out-compete all the others. Produced by 333 Productions and Radley Studios.
#20 - Great White Invasion
Season 2011 - Episode 1
Great white sharks, in large numbers, are now suddenly being found swimming among surfers and vacationers just off beaches from South Africa to Australia, and up and down the coast of California. Just why they're there and just what they're doing is a mystery that Chris Fallows and an international team of sharks scientists are trying to figure out.
#21 - Alien Sharks: Close Encounters
Season 2015 - Episode 5
Deep below the oceans's surface live some of the strangest marine animals on the earth. Now, three expeditions are exploring those depths for sharks that glow in the dark. They are hoping for a close encounter in the strange domain of alien sharks.
#22 - Shark Planet
Season 2015 - Episode 10
From the icy waters of the Arctic Ocean, to the tropical seas of Indonesia, researchers are getting closer to sharks than ever before. Join us on an epic journey around the globe documenting groundbreaking new research into these long misunderstood animals.
#24 - Shark Attack: A Boy's Fight to Survive
Season 2009 - Episode 8
An exploration is taken into the topic of shark attacks, of which there have only been 25 recorded in Texas in the last 330 years, and how 18 of those attacks have occurred in the last 20 years, with the summer of 2004 being a crest in attacks.
#25 - Great White Abyss
Season 2018 - Episode 6
Dr. Mauricio Hoyos and shark experts Jimi Partington and Brandon McMillan embark on the first manned expedition to the darkest depths of the sea floor off Guadalupe Island, in search of the notorious 20-foot-long great white shark, Deep Blue.