We’re nearing the end of National Geographic’s SharkFest, but the fun isn’t over yet. This week, the network plans to take a walk on the wild side.
We are definitely looking forward to learning all about basking sharks. PEOPLE gives these creatures a great description:
“This big-mouthed, plankton-eating shark is the second-largest living shark species in the world, growing to be up to 45 feet long. Whales sharks come in at number one. Basking sharks use their giant maws to filter through 4 million pounds of water every hour, gobbling up small sea creatures along the way.”
On Monday, you can also expect to see Sharks of the Bermuda Triangle on Nat Geo WILD at 8 PM eastern time. The show takes a look at the sea creatures that live in the Bermuda Triangle. This 500,000 square mile area is known for shipwrecks and sunken planes, but scientists also believe it’s a secluded breeding ground for tiger sharks. Dive on in and discover the wonder for yourself.
National Geographic is Already Planning for Sharkfest 2021
If you missed out on the fun this year, don’t worry. The National Geographic channel is already making plans for next year. We recently reported that Marvel star Chris Hemsworth will star in a NatGeo documentary called Shark Beach. Too many shark shows sensationalize shark attacks and make sharks look really scary. Shark Beach aims to show how humans and sharks can live in harmony and share the ocean.
“I’ve spent a great deal of my life near or in the ocean, sharing the same backyard with sharks, and recently there’s been some growing concern regarding an increase in shark activity,” says Hemsworth. His entire family is actually very involved in environmental activism. The Hemsworths pledged $1 million earlier this year to support Australian wildfire relief efforts.
We’re really excited about NatGeo’s desire to help teach about wildlife. If you’ve learned anything exciting about sharks over the past few weeks, share with us in the comments.
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Photo by @enricsala When I jumped into the ocean at the Millennium Atoll in the Southern Line Islands, on expedition with @natgeopristineseas, I saw a dozen grey reef sharks surround me as soon as my bubbles cleared. It might scare some, but it delighted me. In mature, pristine coral reefs, sharks are abundant. As a natural predator, they coexist with their prey, as they have for millions of years.