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Shark Week 2012

written by Monique Fallows

Celebrating 25 years of Shark Week

Posted on Monday, 27 February 2012

This year Discovery Channel will be celebrating the 25th anniversary of shark week.

 

Shark Week first aired in July 1987 and has now grown into an almost cult like following with millions of viewers each year eagerly awaiting their annual shark fix. Shark Week was initially established to help viewers have a greater understanding and respect for sharks and is now broadcast in over 72 countries and has grown to an estimated audience of over 30 million viewers.

 

Many Shark Week junkies are inspired to experience sharks for themselves and this is one of the biggest reasons that many of our shark cage diving guests visit us in South Africa.

 

Shark Week also helps to expose people to sharks who ordinarily do not have the opportunities to travel and spend time with sharks. 

Over the years Apex has teamed up with Producer Jeff Kurr and Chris Fallows as host for 6 Shark Week shows.

Over the years Apex has teamed up with Producer Jeff Kurr and Chris Fallows as host for 6 Shark Week shows. These include the legendary Air Jaws series (Air Jaws of South Africa, Air Jaws 2 Even Higher and Ultimate Air Jaws), Monster Man with Frank Mundus, Shark After Dark and Great White Invasion.

 

The original Air Jaws was filmed in False Bay in 2000 and this show certainly proved to the world that breaching great white sharks do exist! In fact when the show was aired to Discovery Executives behind closed doors for the first time, it received a standing ovation. Even though Air Jaws is now 12 years old it still gets shown every year and features in the ratings.

 

Shark Week has created a huge awareness for sharks around the world. As Shark Week celebrates its 25th Anniversary it has now become the longest running program event on US cable television. As shark populations worldwide decline it is more important than ever for general tv audiences to be exposed to the importance of sharks and their conservation.

 

Rank

Program

1

DEADLIEST CATCH

2

ULTIMATE AIR JAWS

3

INTO THE SHARK BITE

4

AIR JAWS: SHARKS OF SOUTH

5

COLONY, THE

6

AIR JAWS: SHARKS OF SOUTH

7

JAWS OF THE PACIFIC

8

DUAL SURVIVAL

9

ULTIMATE AIR JAWS

10

MYTHBUSTERS


Top 10 Discovery Channel Shark Week shows of all time.

Tags:

Air Jaws, Documentary, Great White Shark

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