Have you ever wondered if sharks are misunderstood? A group of expert divers, scientists, and underwater cameramen explore and test myths about sharks. This will all take place with nothing between the people and the sharks! Will they find that sharks are indeed misunderstood after all?
Nat Geo WILD puts some common theories and preconceptions to the test through three months of demonstrations, culminating in the first shark experiments to be globally broadcast live, Shark Attack Experiment LIVE, premiering in the U.S. on Friday, November 25, 2011, at 9 p.m. ET/PT. It will also air live on the National Geographic Channel in Latin America (25 November) and Asia (26 November).
“National Geographic has produced many dozens of films where expert cameramen and scientists researched and filmed sharks while diving among them in open waters,” said Geoff Daniels, senior vice president for Nat Geo WILD. “Typically viewers see the end product of those dives, but this live broadcast allows them to share in the immediacy of the experience.”
Researchers have tracked plummeting shark populations, in part due to indiscriminate fishing and their widespread use in traditional medicines and delicacies. “With more than 350 different kinds of sharks, every ocean around the world is home to this iconic predator, which is vital to the ecosystem of our seas,” said shark researcher Ryan Johnson. “Our goal is to reduce fear through education, while at the same time providing new insight into the triggers that can lead to the rare attacks.”
Here is a sneak peek of what you will get to see (video, Swimming with Sharks):
In addition to the live broadcast, viewers can go to natgeotv.com/sharkexperiment to find background on the experts and tests as well as live updates from an on-location blog that will include photos, video and text. Unique complementary content will also be offered via social media including Facebook (facebook.com/natgeowildusa) and Twitter 3 NGC viewers outside the U.S. will also have the opportunity to connect and tune in to Shark Attack Experiment LIVE online at natgeotv.com and via social media.
Shark Attack Experiment LIVE is produced by Aquavision for Nat Geo WILD. For Aquavision, the executive producer is Steve Eder. For Nat Geo WILD, the executive producer is Ashley Hoppin, and the senior vice president of Nat Geo WILD is Geoff Daniels. Video and photo, and information provided by Nat Geo Wild.