Surviving Shark Week With Daily Planet
by andrew chapados | Deep Blue Sea, Jaws and every terrible rendition of Sharknado were all audiences could sink their teeth into before Discovery’s Shark Week came along to quench their thirst for the mighty creatures of the deep.
Exploding with popularity that only seems to compound year-after-year, Shark Week will once again satisfy the hunger of shark enthusiasts July 23rd to 30th. Eight days of shark-infested content in primetime hours (beginning at 7 p.m. et) from Sunday to Sunday, with a broad range of original Canadian content.
Daily Planet, hosted by Dan Riskin & Ziya Tong, anchor Discovery’s 22nd Shark Week (Monday, July 24th through to Friday, July 28th at 7 p.m. et.) dedicating five hours to spotlighting the kings of the underwater food chain.
Discovery’s flagship daily magazine program Daily Planet is a Canadian Screen Award-Winner that explores the latest science in relation to the world’s headlines along with the biggest and best technological developments around the globe.
Riskin brings a scientific background to the show, is a best-selling author and award-winning evolutionary biologist. Tong is a former Host/Field Producer for PBS, where she served as an award–winning science broadcaster; she currently serves on the Board of Directors at World Wildlife Fund Canada, and she brings a wealth of knowledge, experience and enthusiasm for science and the environment to Daily Planet. Riskin & Tong are using their major league talents to cover this year’s Shark Week, which, as mentioned, continues a meteoric rise in popularity that is no longer as surprising as it may have been years ago.
Three mini-series are set to captivate Canadian audiences: Weird Sharks, Close Encounters and Like a Shark. The mini-series shed light on the world’s strangest sharks and captures incredible, visually stunning close-ups. While the latter (Like a Shark), interprets how sharks relax, travel and give birth in their habitat.
Additional programming spans across a wide scope of exciting topics, ranging from dangerous to interesting, factual to downright frightening. For instance, the Great White Wrangler Brett McBride is willing to wrestle (then release) sharks weighing more than a cow; all for your entertainment.
If classic Discovery adventures pique your interest, Daily Planet will be featuring a segment called, Clipperton Expedition. A team of researchers venture to the most isolated coral isle on the planet to prove the connection between it, and the survival of a shark population living in the thousands of kilometres around it.
Another segment will feature Madison Stewart, aka “Shark Girl” — a popular dive master and underwater filmmaker. She has impressively been able to utilize social media to bring attention to the world of sharks, in an attempt to educate the world about the importance of the ocean’s apex predator. Her stunning photography on Instagram (sharkgirlmadison) has garnered over 60,000 followers and she’s become the star of her own documentary show, Shark Girl. In the Daily Planet segment we’ll learn about the endangered Oceanic Whitetip Shark making a yearly migration to the remote Cat Island in the Bahamas — where Stewart follows suit in search of the colossal underwater beasts. She gets up close and personal for her shots, which in itself provides the inherent danger of shark photography (sharktography?) — coupled with the fact the Whitetip is considered to be one of the most dangerous sharks to humans.
You’re not going to want to miss Daily Planet’s Dan and Ziya, or any of the exclusive Shark Week programming.
Stay tuned to Discovery or reach out to Daily Planet on social media:
SHARK WEEK: July 23rd to 30th only on Discovery.