Summer isn’t really summer until Shark Week on the Discovery Channel begins. And this year promises to be even more sharktacular than ever before. It starts with the much hyped race between Olympic gold medal swimmer Michael Phelps and a great white shark. The “Flying Fish takes on the “Maneater” in the open water off the coast of Cape Town, South Africa. Las Vegas odds favors the Great White, but don’t count out our decorated Olympian. Phelps Vs. Shark: The Battle for Ocean Supremacy airs this Sunday night, July 23rd at 8 pm ET.
You’ll want to dive into all the other Shark Week programming as well. They’ll be brining you Shark Vortex, Sharks And The City and Sharkmania to name just a few. And while you’re waiting for the shark infested chomping and the chumming to start, get excited with some of these killers.
Shark nerds can swim over to the Sharkopedia to learn anything and everything you ever wanted to know about these under water predators. Watch sharks go to battle and hunt their prey while taking a deeper dive into the history of the species.
Or you can face your fears head on, like these folks in Texas enjoying a screening of Jaws On The Water. What could go wrong when you’re just floating around Lake Travis sipping a cold one while watching Steven Spielberg’s iconic horror blockbuster? Just grab your swim trunks and your life vest and you’re set. It’s dark, very dark, so there’s no sunscreen required. Duunnn dun… dun dun.
Keep your underwater predators where you can see them and follow @MaryLeeShark on twitter. Hey, it’s better than her following you! She’s a real catch, weighing in at about 4,000 pounds and measuring 17 feet long. You can track this Great White’s adventures in real time as she swims and pings along the Northeast coast. She was tagged for research and conservation purposes by Ocearch, a global organization working to benefit the species. But, they’re not the only ones tracking Miss Mary Lee. As of today, she has over 119,000 followers on twitter and according New York Times she is winning the summer as the new “mascot for the Hamptons”. Clearly, not just another fish in the sea.