Shark Week

The WORST episodes of Shark Week

Every episode of Shark Week ever, ranked from worst to best by thousands of votes from fans of the show. The worst episodes of Shark Week!

Every year we dedicate a full week to sharks, this includes newly made specials each year all featuring sharks and their attacks.

Last Updated: 8/6/2022Network: Discovery
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Dirty Jobs: Jobs That Bite
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#1 - Dirty Jobs: Jobs That Bite

Season 2006 - Episode 1 - Aired 7/30/2006

To kick off Shark Week, fearless host Mike Rowe (of Discovery’s Dirty Jobs series) travels the globe to meet people whose jobs really "bite" — the dedicated men and women who work with sharks. For this two-hour world premiere special, Mike visits South Africa, Florida and the Bahamas to encounter a variety of sharks, from great whites to reef sharks. In South Africa, Mike joins Captain Brian McFarland aboard the boat he uses to take tourists to view great white sharks. After helping the crew prepare chum (a yummy mixture of fish parts and blood used to attract sharks), Mike descends inside a cage into the ocean to meet face-to-face with the majestic great white. Next, Mike rolls up his sleeves and gets dirty at a Florida company that makes replicas of sharks that have been caught by fisherman, and are later released. Back in South Africa, Mike boards a research vessel at the Marine Coastal Management Agency and helps the team tag great whites with satellite devices that are used to provide researchers with important information about the sharks’ migration patterns. He also tries his hand at "shark spotting" with men and women hired by the South African government. Their job is to stand on cliff sides and watch for sharks that might be swimming near public beaches. Here, Mike learns the tricks of the trade from a man who’s been protecting the beaches of South Africa for nearly ten years. Heading next to the Bahamas, Mike teams up with a company dedicated to making repellants that protect swimmers who come in contact with sharks. As Mike learns, a key ingredient of shark repellant is rotten sharks. After spending an afternoon chopping up rotten sharks covered in flies, Mike meets a chemist who shows him how the repellant is created. Then, in his dirtiest Shark Week job yet, Mike heads into the water to test it out … on himself.

Shark Attack Survivors
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#2 - Shark Attack Survivors

Season 2006 - Episode 2 - Aired 5/15/2006

Built like torpedoes, sharks possess an extraordinary physiology that includes incredibly developed sensory organs and a set of jaws whose extensibility, power and teeth are unrivaled in the animal kingdom. This world premiere special exposes the truth about the world’s most efficient marine predator through an examination of shark attack case studies and first-hand accounts, including: a man who battled for his life in a struggle to free himself from the grasp of a bull shark’s razor-sharp teeth; a surfer who was attacked by a 20-foot great white; and a young boy who fought free from an attack. The program delivers real information on how to avoid or survive a shark encounter, and joins forces with shark experts to reveal the science and psychology behind shark behavior patterns, explaining how sharks select their prey and why shark attacks occur.

Sharks: Are They Hunting Us?
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#3 - Sharks: Are They Hunting Us?

Season 2006 - Episode 4 - Aired 8/2/2006

Nothing captures the headlines like a shark attack. Each account clouds the waters with information that fuels our fear, but may not provide all the facts. This one-hour premiere documentary hosted by animal behaviorist Dave Salmoni, a relative "newbie" around sharks, will expose what’s real and what’s not, and examines the truth about so-called "man-eating" sharks. Dave travels to meet with shark experts and examine the questions — Are sharks pack hunters like lions or wolves? Do they have a taste for human flesh? Are attacks really on the rise?

Shark Rebellion
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#4 - Shark Rebellion

Season 2006 - Episode 5 - Aired 8/3/2006

The Brazilian city of Recife is a beautiful city with a big problem. For centuries a long strip of coral has protected this Brazilian port’s swimmers from sharks. Before 1992, only one attack was recorded in 75 years. However, in the past decade, there have been an astonishing 45 attacks, with 16 fatalities. For this world premiere special, acclaimed Brazilian filmmaker Lawrence Wahba set out to find out what may have changed, to cause this increase in attacks. Is it the sharks themselves, does it have something to do with the ocean’s depths or the reef, or could it be human encroachment? Wahba follows the trail of evidence — consulting witnesses, an international team of scientists (including Dan Huber of the University of South Florida), rescuers and victims — and dives into the water to witness the sharks in their natural territory.

Directors: Roberto Martha
Dirty Jobs: Jobs That Bite Harder
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#5 - Dirty Jobs: Jobs That Bite Harder

Season 2006 - Episode 6 - Aired 8/4/2006

Mike Rowe is back with another hour of dirty jobs with the men and women who work with sharks. In this hour-long premiere, Mike travels to an unlikely place — the desert of Las Vegas — to Mandalay Bay’s two-million gallon aquarium, home to some 15 different species of shark. Here, Mike gets dirty with marine biologists as they prepare a nutritious assortment of frozen fish for the sharks’ lunch, and climbs into the aquarium’s filter system to make sure it’s operating properly — finding himself navigating between hundreds of pounds of sand and a mess of shark excrement. Next, he rolls up his sleeves to dissect a nine-foot tiger shark that was found dead off the coast of South Africa. These dissections are done to help humans better understand shark behavior, evolution, health and current environmental factors that may affect the shark population. Finally, Mike heads to the Bahamas with Jeremiah Sullivan, the inventor of the Neptunic shark suit — a chain mail armor to protect divers from shark attacks. After helping Jeremiah weld hundreds of small metal rings together to make a suit, Mike suits up and dives 30 feet underwater amid a feeding frenzy of Caribbean reef sharks to test out the suit — on himself.

Ultimate Air Jaws
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#6 - Ultimate Air Jaws

Season 2010 - Episode 1 - Aired 8/1/2010

Off the coast of South Africa, massive great white sharks blast from the water, pulling a sneak attack on their seal prey. Shark expert Chris Fallows and filmmaker Jeff Kurr arrive on the scene to investigate the aerial attacks using state-of-the-art technology including an HD camera that shoots in super slow motion - 2,000 frames per second. This enables the team to slow down a breaching shark from one second of real time to almost a minute - and in so much detail you can literally count every tooth in the shark's mouth! Fallows and Kurr also employ a submarine and remotely-operated helicopter to capture this incredible footage.

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Into the Shark Bite
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#7 - Into the Shark Bite

Season 2010 - Episode 2 - Aired 8/1/2010

Go where humans don't dare to in INTO THE SHARK BITE. Watch the power of a shark bite filmed with the latest high-speed, high-definition cameras from extraordinary angles - ending up literally inside the jaws of sharks.

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Man vs. Fish: Tiger Shark
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#8 - Man vs. Fish: Tiger Shark

Season 2010 - Episode 3 - Aired 8/2/2010

Matt heads to the Great Barrier Reef to tag a fearsome tiger shark. But to secure the satellite tags, he has to wrestle one and drill holes into its dorsal fin.

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Day of the Shark 3
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#9 - Day of the Shark 3

Season 2010 - Episode 4 - Aired 8/3/2010

Learn valuable lessons from six people who survived shark attacks in the return of DAY OF THE SHARK - and find out why they don't blame the sharks. Hear from a Navy Seal who was attacked by a bull shark in the murky waters of the Sydney Harbor while participating in an anti-terrorism exercise; a fisherman attacked by a pair of bull sharks while standing in the shallow waters of Breton Sound in Louisiana; a surfer in Jongensfontein, South Africa, who was attacked by a great white shark; a vacationer snorkelling at the Great Barrier Reef in Australia who was attacked by a reef shark; and a surfer attacked by a tiger shark in Oahu, Hawaii.

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Shark Bites: Adventures in Shark Week
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#10 - Shark Bites: Adventures in Shark Week

Season 2010 - Episode 5 - Aired 8/4/2010

Late, Late Show Host, CRAIG FERGUSON has always loved SHARK WEEK. But when he gets the chance to get off the couch and be in the show, he gets in way over his head. Discovery wants him go to the Bahamas to swim with, touch, and, if he has the guts, FEED sharks. And Ferguson starts to have second thoughts about getting close to the apex predators of the sea. Especially since he will not have the protection of a cage. Everything Ferguson sees and experiences reminds him of what he has learned from watching the Discovery Channel. Woven into Ferguson's journey are clips from the scariest, most exciting moments of the last 20 years of SHARK WEEK. The results are funny, scary, and ultimately very moving. Terrified of getting in the water and too proud not to, Ferguson makes the leap into an ocean full of hungry sharks.

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Surviving Sharks
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#11 - Surviving Sharks

Season 2008 - Episode 2 - Aired 7/28/2008

Survivorman's Les Stroud hosts this look at how best to play it safe in the water, while testing popular theories of how to survive shark encounters. Les travels to the Bahamas and South Africa to test whether the behavior of Caribbean reef sharks and great whites changes depending upon the time of day. While in South Africa, Les and marine biologist Jeremiah Sullivan conduct an analysis of the great white's bite, and test whether kicking and splashing attracts sharks, and if it's safer to stay in a group or tread water alone if stranded in the ocean.

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Day of the Shark
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#12 - Day of the Shark

Season 2008 - Episode 3 - Aired 7/28/2008

Do shark encounters happen more frequently in the morning or night? This special chronicles six recent shark attacks that took place at different times of day. Top shark experts weigh in on what time of day is better or worse for avoiding sharks.

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How Not to Become Shark Bait
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#13 - How Not to Become Shark Bait

Season 2008 - Episode 5 - Aired 7/29/2008

Sharks may have a bad reputation, but you actually have a very slim chance of being attacked by one. A thrill-seeking team with a purpose -- escapologist Jonathan Goodwin, former lawyer turned Survivor: Cook Islands winner and adrenaline junkie Yul Kwon, marine biologist Jeremiah Sullivan and scientist Dr. Marty Jopson -- travel to the Bahamas to test shark attraction theories on lemon, tiger and Caribbean reef sharks, focusing on the sensory perception of sharks including colors, vibrations, smells and other attractors. In the process, viewers learn strategies for staying safe when in the water.

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Mysteries of the Shark Coast
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#14 - Mysteries of the Shark Coast

Season 2008 - Episode 6 - Aired 7/30/2008

Australia's northeastern coast is a hotbed for shark activity. Its tropical seas are home to more species of sharks than anywhere else in the world. But there's trouble in the sharks' stronghold Down Under – even here the sharks are disappearing. What's happening to them? A special team made up of pioneering Australian marine biologist Richard Fitzpatrick; noted shark documentary filmmaker and host Mike deGruy; lead scientist for the Nature Conservancy M. Sanjayan, Ph.D.; and adventurer Celine Cousteau band together to find out, while undertaking the largest shark tagging expedition in Australian history. Their mission: to discover the cause of the mysterious decline in shark populations here, and find out if we can help the situation. To do so, the team deploys underwater animal cams and remote cameras to explore and record shark behavior and to gather new insight into the still largely secretive life of the ocean's ultimate predator.

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Blood in the Water
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#15 - Blood in the Water

Season 2009 - Episode 1 - Aired 8/2/2009

The shark week 2009 Episode 1 “Blood in the Water” is the true story about the shark attacks of 1916 that inspired the movie “Jaws”. A 9 foot long shark cruises just off the New Jersey beaches. In this Episode, it was shown about the first multiple shark attack in American history, and this is the reason we are fear of sharks today.

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Day of the Shark 2
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#16 - Day of the Shark 2

Season 2009 - Episode 3 - Aired 8/3/2009

In this Episode, it was shown that what happens, when a great white breaks through a 300-pound aluminum shark cage and traps the divers inside. Shark week 2009 Episode 3 story is about a member of a Navy Seals who was attacked in the water of Florida by sharks.

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Ocean of Fear: The Worst Shark Attack Ever
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#17 - Ocean of Fear: The Worst Shark Attack Ever

Season 2007 - Episode 1 - Aired 7/29/2007

This two-hour premiere special kicks off the primetime 9 PM hour of SHARK WEEK’s 20th Anniversary and is narrated by Richard Dreyfuss, who memorably played Matt Hooper in Jaws. The special tells the gripping story of the crew of the U.S.S. Indianapolis, sunk by two torpedoes in the Philippine Sea on the night of July 30, 1945. Eight hundred sailors, many maimed and burned, were plunged into the water … and floated helplessly for four days, having to deal with hunger, driven mad by thirst and menaced by hundreds of sharks. Assisted by George Burgess, America’s foremost investigator of shark attacks, Discovery Channel re-opens the official shark attack file on the Indianapolis – the first time this incident has ever been scientifically investigated. Ocean of Fear examines why the sharks attacked the way they did (and why they sometimes did not), and investigates the survival strategies of the men in the water, including those who fought the sharks. Survivors recall their ordeal on camera and remarkable reconstructions, filmed with real sharks, reveal the drama from both the sharks' and the humans' perspectives.

Directors: Richard Bedser
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Deadly Stripes: Tiger Sharks
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#18 - Deadly Stripes: Tiger Sharks

Season 2007 - Episode 2 - Aired 7/30/2007

At nearly 20 feet in length, with hundreds of razor-sharp teeth and a weight of over 1,300 pounds, the tiger shark is one of the world’s best-equipped predators. Nicknamed the ocean’s garbage disposal for their not-so-picky eating habits, tiger sharks are believed to be solitary animals. This premiere SHARK WEEK program examines an unusual and mysterious event off the South African coast. Each year, tiger sharks gather en masse off Aliwal Shoal and then, as suddenly as they appear, they vanish. South African shark expert Mark Addison, who has worked with tiger sharks for over 20 years, has a theory that these sharks are actually the same individuals year after year -- and he hatches a plan to prove it via satellite tracking. To do so, Addison braves the waters without a shark cage, chain mail suit or scuba gear. He also free-swims without an oxygen tank, to allow him to get up close to tag the sharks with a satellite tracking device -- risking not only being bitten by the tiger sharks, but also drowning.

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Top 5 Eaten Alive
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#19 - Top 5 Eaten Alive

Season 2007 - Episode 3 - Aired 7/30/2007

This premiere program features five of the most amazing stories of shark attack survival, told by the victims themselves. Among the stories: An abalone diver’s head and arm are bitten by a great white … A young woman swimming in the deep ocean near Easter Island is caught in a tug-of-war between her rescue crew and a massive shark with her leg in its jaws … A shark scientist surrounded by a dozen predators in the Bahamas is bitten on the calf … A fisherman’s arm is bitten off, yet he has no memory of the attack … A woman vacationing on a yacht near a remote Pacific island is pulled underwater by a 9-foot tiger shark and fends it off with a punch to the nose, while her shipmates scramble to find help in the middle of nowhere.

Directors: Thomas Quinn
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Perfect Predators
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#20 - Perfect Predators

Season 2007 - Episode 5 - Aired 8/1/2007

During more than 400 million years of evolution, over 400 species of shark have developed highly refined instincts and abilities to keep them the ocean’s top predator. This premiere program observes sharks in their environment in oceans around the globe, including tracking the migration of a baby shark in Bimini, attaching cameras to the social lemon shark to see how they relate to one another, and investigating a newly discovered great white behavior. Some great whites have been tracked migrating from the West Coast of the United States to a blank spot on the map in the mid-Pacific at the same time every year – but why? Also investigated are new scientific applications and technologies being developed using the unique properties of shark skin – from mimicking its barnacle-shedding properties on the outer side of ships, to its bacteria-resistant properties to coat medical applications such as operating tables and catheter tubes.

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Shark Tribe
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#21 - Shark Tribe

Season 2007 - Episode 6 - Aired 8/2/2007

Animal behaviorist Dave Salmoni and South African shark scientist Ryan Johnson journey to the remote, tribal shores of New Guinea to unravel the mysterious secrets of the local shark whisperers who “call” in sharks from tiny canoes, without bait. As Dave and Ryan immerse themselves in this extraordinary ancient ritual, they gain knowledge that could help humans and sharks coexist.

Directors: Craig Moffit
Sharks: A Family Affair
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#22 - Sharks: A Family Affair

Season 2007 - Episode 7 - Aired 8/3/2007

As South Africa’s leading shark expert, Craig Ferreira has spent his entire life studying and diving with sharks. For the past several years his dream has been to travel the world for a year to study what has been called “the dirty dozen” – 12 of the deadliest species of shark – and pass on his knowledge about and love for sharks to his children. On this expedition, Craig brings his entire family – his children Storm, Cruise and Wilder and his wife Jytte – to the world-famous “Shark Alley” off of South Africa’s Dyer Island for seven days, where they tag sharks and observe great whites from an underwater cage.

Sharkman
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#23 - Sharkman

Season 2007 - Episode 8 - Aired 8/4/2007

Michael Rutzen is on an unbelievable quest -- to hypnotize, in open water, one of the most dangerous animals on the planet – the great white shark. Rutzen has been working with sharks for many years to study their body language. He believes if he can put sharks into a sleep-like state called tonic immobility, he could reveal a completely different side to their nature that might inspire people to want to protect, rather than destroy, these incredible apex predators.

Directors: Joe Kennedy
Killer Sharks: The Attacks of Black December
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#24 - Killer Sharks: The Attacks of Black December

Season 2011 - Episode 5 - Aired 8/2/2011

December 1957: the height of tourist season in South Africa. Merry vacationers from around the globe descend on an idyllic resort town along the sunny coast to enjoy the summer. It's not long until the white sands are clogged with dead bodies and the sapphire waters are red with blood. The culprit? The authorities suspected a single, massive rogue shark with a taste for human flesh.

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Shark City
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#25 - Shark City

Season 2011 - Episode 7 - Aired 8/4/2011

Most of us think of sharks as blank-eyed killing machines, but in Shark City, we'll get to know a handful of them as individuals. We'll follow the sharks of the Bahamas through their days and nights to find out how they size each other up, what they like to eat and what it is that they're afraid of. This show will feature the amazing talents and hilarious insights of our Chief Shark Officer, Andy Samberg.

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