I forever and always will be obsessed with Shark Week. It’s one of my favorite weeks of the year. I’m fascinated with anything and everything shark related! So in all honestly I’m doing this post more for me than anyone else! 😉
Several years ago now, Shark Week partnered with Georgia Aquarium (On my bucket list to visit!) and had a SharkCam. I kid you not I had that going 24/7 on my computer for as long as they had it up. A month maybe? I found it so soothing in the background. Here’s one below that they have going now called the Indo-Pacific Barrier Reef Webcam and though it’s cool, it’s not as cool as the previous SharkCam, but I’ll take it. A fun little tidbit about the Indo Barrier Reef:
“The Indo-Pacific Barrier Reef habitat was specially designed for living coral. Above this exhibit is the largest skylight at Georgia Aquarium. We also have lights that mimic sunlight for Atlanta’s cloudy days and a wave machine to keep the water oxygenated.”
Another fun webcam to hit up is the Ocean Voyager WebCam where you can see some whale sharks lazily swimming along, as well as a myriad of other sea creatures.
Indo-Pacific Barrier Reef Webcam
*Edited to add that the camera does get turned off for the night but is back up and working from 8am-11pm PST! Sorry!
Tell me that isn’t soothing? I mean, c’mon . . . The old one though was “in” the water and even had the water noises included. It was epic I tell you. Anyhow, moving on.
In case you wanted to know a bit more about me (and even if you don’t, I wrote this post for myself, remember? 😉 ) It’s my goal one day to swim with whale sharks. Seriously, I tear up even thinking about it. It’s literally going to be one of the biggest accomplishments in my life, as crazy as that sounds. I’d like to not only swim with them but also dive. Getting PADI certified is something I’d like to complete in the next couple years. Any locals want to do it with me?!? In the summertime they do the open dives in the surrounding lakes, but because of our harsh winters the courses they host in the colder months have their open dives over in Seattle. Still! Burrr! I’ll be going through this course for those in Spokane who may be interested!
Also, and I know it’s crazy and you might roll your eyes, but it’s on my vision board to one day be part of Shark Week, even if it’s a super small part. I know I know, laugh at me if you must, but it’s happening! Mark my words! Discovery channel, I’ll do pretty much anything for you. No shame here. I’m at your mercy.
I had to add this throwback picture of our trip to Ocean Shores last year. Because, well it’s obvious.
Okay, I’m sure most of you are simply here for the Shark Week schedule so it’s at follows:
Starting Sunday July 23rd:
Great White Shark Serial Killer Lives
July 23, 7 p.m. ET/PT
They say this is the one not to miss! A central California beach is the site of a Great White shark attack every two years in October. With the use of satellite tags and DNA technology, Dr. Michael Domeier tries to solve the mystery.
Phelps vs. Shark: Great Gold vs. Great White
July 23, 8 p.m. ET/PT
28-time Olympic medalist Michael Phelps faces off against a great white shark in a 100-meter race.
July 23, 9:10 p.m. ET/PT
Time to study some intriguing behavior in the Cobourg Peninsula off Australia, where sharks and crocodiles are battling each other over the right to eat sea turtles.
The Great Hammerhead Invasion
July 23, 10:10 p.m. ET/PT
Is it better in the Bahamas? (Duh.) For Giant Hammerheads — especially pregnant ones — it might be.
Shark After Dark
July 23, 11:10 p.m.; July 24-27, 11 p.m. ET/PT
Eli Roth (Horror director) hosts a highlight reel that offers the best moments of that day’s programs and previews the following day’s offerings.
July 24, 8 p.m. ET/PT
Time is spent examining the annual summer migration of makos, great whites, and porbeagles along the Gulf Stream into southern New England.
Return to the Isle of Jaws
July 24, 9 p.m. ET/PT
Shark experts head to a great-white gathering place near Western Australia to make a “startling discovery” about the species.
Alien Sharks: Stranger Fins
July 24, 10 p.m. ET/PT
Discovery is finding more of the oddest looking sharks, and they’re pretty darn creepy!
Sharks and the City: LA
July 25, 9 p.m. ET/PT
Great whites appear to be increasing in numbers along the Los Angeles coastline and hunting out of season. Why?
Sharks and the City: New York
July 25, 10 p.m. ET/PT
Sex and the City’s Christ North narrates this special which investigates why the number of great whites around New York may start to rise.
The Lost Cage
July 26, 9 p.m. ET/PT
A group of very brave explorers head to the Gulf of Mexico to float around in a shark cage, hoping to draw in deadly shark lurking in those waters.
July 26, 10 p.m. ET/PT
Why do sharks gather around sea volcanoes and swarm to these (very literal) hotspots?
July 27, 9 p.m. ET/PT
Brazil is reducing the number of shark encounters by transporting sharks out to the open sea.
July 27, 10 p.m. ET/PT
Why do sharks gather in swarms in very specific areas of the world?
African Shark Safari
July 28, 9 p.m. ET/PT
Great whites are vanishing from the waters around Madagascar. Why?
Lair of the Sawfish
July 28, 10 p.m. ET/PT
One of the weirdest creatures lurking in the sea is the sawfish.
July 29, 9 p.m. ET/PT
This special highlights the closest calls, biggest bites, and greatest gadgets from Shark Week 2017. (Should be a good one!)
Shark School With Michael Phelps
July 30, 8 p.m. ET/PT
Fresh from winning (or maybe losing) a 100-meter race with a great white, Olympic legend Michael Phelps gets educated about sharks.
Who else is stoked?!?!
And don’t we all need some shark apparel and accessories to enjoy the week? I think so.
For all my tea lovers. Isn’t this the cutest?!?
Ann Clark Shark Cookie Cutter – 5.75 Inches – Tin Plated Steel
Because we all should . . .
And we all need these, because honestly, we won’t be getting off the couch much.
Do you love Shark Week?!? Give me a yes in the comments! Let me know I’m not alone!