The Official Guide to Shark Week 2021


| LAST UPDATE 07/01/2021

By Sharon Renee
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It might be safe to leave the house again, but with Shark Week right around the corner, our couches have suddenly never looked more inviting. Here's what to know about the Discovery Channel's upcoming televised festivities.

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Discovery Channel's annual event is set to kick off on Sunday, July 11, and run until the following Sunday, July 18. As for what to expect? As the streaming platform assured, this year is set to be the most jam-packed festival yet. Before Shark Week even begins, viewers can tune in to the channel for carefully curated, shark-related films - including Jaws, of course.

On July 11, as festivities officially commence, Steve Irwin's son, Robert, will come face to face with a Great White Shark for the first time ever. Titled, Crikey! It's Shark Week, the special program will pay tribute to Robert's late father, all while taking a deeper dive into the mysterious, underwater creatures.

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The festivities will also introduce a lot of familiar faces. After the debut special (above), Tiffany Haddish will take the reigns. We'll watch the famous comedian guide us throughout Shark Week, alongside Dr. Toby Daly-Engel, Dr. Craig O'Connell, and marine ecologist Alannah Vellacott. But she won't be the only famous figure to join in on the annual tradition.

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Throughout the rest of the week, we'll watch other celebrities join us for the week-long festivities. From Stranger Things actor Noah Schnapp to famed dermatologist Dr. Sandra Lee, the star-studded event will deliver new, never-before-seen content. Viewers will gain "insight on some of the most remarkable shark species in the world," as the Discovery Channel revealed.

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Included in the groundbreaking footage be the very first "in utero tag in a pregnant Tiger shark, a potentially new Great White mating behavior and the discovery of an elusive pupping ground," as the streaming platform continued. The televised event will be available for viewing across all Discovery networks, including Discovery+. Until then, be sure to stay tuned for all of the latest updates.