Are Sharks Misunderstood?

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 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 ( 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 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.


Crazy G.
Crazy G.3 years ago

Sharks are misunderstood. they have been very harmless. Yes they look terrifying i am going to take surfing lessons i will make sure there is feed back on whether they will kill me or not. and what i am about to say is directed to the people believe that sharks are the worst animals ever I have petted sharks and stingrays. They are beautiful creatures people see them as monsters because of those stupid movies gr.

Nicole Bergeron
Nicole Bergeron6 years ago

Sharks on average kill only 5 people year, donkeys kill more people annually than plane crashes, about 8,237. And often times it is mistaken Identity in which the shark thinks that the swimmer/surfer is a seal (the most common food for sharks), 4 out of the 5 deaths are related to blood loss caused by the wound when it lets go after realizing that the person is NOT a seal. The increase of shark attacks could be blame on the increase of tourism, but it could also be the migration of seals or fish. Any shark the attack a human without letting go (indicating that it wants to eat the human) has something wrong or there are NO seals or not enough fish around.

Another reason is that the person is splashing around like a fish that is injured/weak/dying, which to a shark means a easy meal.

There is an island is Indonesia that is surrounded by sharks, the residents of the island have never had a shark attack in their known history. Why? Because there are plenty of fish in the area, the sharks have no need to attack humans. The residents can swim side by side with a shark and they do not hunt the sharks either

So yes, sharks are misunderstood

Carole R.
Carole R6 years ago

Thanks for the post.

Shawn A.
Shawn A.6 years ago

We are not naturally on their diet. Most shark attacks are due to us demonstrating prey behavior or a prey profile. These women presented neither, so the sharks were not interested in them. We are the only creatures on this planet that kill needlessly. I am by no means advocating anyone go out and swim with sharks without proper precautions, but I think it would be amazing to see them firsthand like that.

Janine H.
Janine H6 years ago

This is a very sad story. An other animal has to go only because "we" humans do not want to share the world with other life forms, these life forms "we" would not eat (vegetarian food is not a bad idea, or eating with conscience as the so called primitive cultures did and still do, if they still exist. No meat/fish every day).

Some days ago i have read an important article in a magazine: scientists found out, that this so called "cage diving" and giving food to sharks make these animals behave as dogs - people give food, but when they do not give food, what then? Would they like to be thought as food? So it would be better to stop this "cage diving", then these animals could become normal again, and they would not be the price (who has to die, when something happens? Always the animal) for people who only seek fun and action

As little child i thought that rain is when God and the angels cry - because "we" humans have forgotten that we need this "intelligence", someone who could help... if "we" hadn't turned away for many centuries ago...

"Only when the last tree has been cut down; Only when the last river has been poisoned; Only when the last fish has been caught; Only then will you find that money cannot be eaten."
(Native American proverb)

"We have learned to fly the air like birds and swim the sea like fish, but we have not yet learned the simple art of living together as brothers." (Martin Luther King)

Olga R.
Olga R.6 years ago

Maybe sharks don't eat South African supermodels! ;)

Marlene Dinkins

compltely they are misundertood. people showed them as bad creatures, they are ok. the humanes are the bads.

Andrea A.
Andrea A6 years ago


Jamie Clemons
Jamie Clemons6 years ago

Land sharks are misunderstood.

Kori Biggs
Geri Biggs6 years ago

Tracy P; I understand the concern but I can't say there is much to comment on here for those who don't know much about sharks, whether or not they will fight to save the fish in the same way they will fight to save other wild creatures.