Stephen Kaijura, Ph.D., Professor of Biological Sciences, will be in three of the programs featured in Nat Geo’s Sharkfest 2020. National Geographic and Nat Geo Wild together are airing five full weeks of shark programming with seventeen original premieres. The eighth annual event begins Sunday, July 19, on National Geographic, followed by two weeks of content on Nat Geo WILD, beginning Sunday, August 9. Kaijura will be featured in Sharkcano, Shark vs. Surfer, and When Sharks Attack.
The Sharkcano program will focus on magnetic stimuli as potential sources for navigation in sharks. Researchers were looking at how magnetic fields laid down in molten lava provide a roadmap that sharks could use to navigate. Kaijura’s portion of the program will feature how sharks respond to magnetic fields. Sharkcano will air July 21 at 10:00 pm ET on the National Geographic Channel and re-air August 12 at 7:00 pm ET on the Nat Geo Wild channel.
In Shark vs. Surfer, the program will feature different areas of the world with the most shark-invested surf sports to hear harrowing shark-and-surfer stories told by the survivors, along with insight from marine biologists, Ryan Johnson and Kaijura. Shark vs. Surfer premieres on Channel 7/19 at 8 pm (EST) on the National Geographic Channel and be featured on Nat Geo Wild Thursday, August 6 at 7 pm ET.
When Sharks Attack deals with the topic of sudden shark attacks that frequently occur, although the motive behind such attacks is often left to puzzle scientists. This program will investigate these incidents to shed light on why and where shark encounters take place with the hope that if we better understand the behavior, we might be able to limit the number of attacks. This six-episode season will premiere Monday, July 20 at 9:00 pm ET on the National Geographic Channel and replay on Nat Geo Wild throughout the five weeks.