Fa­tal at­trac­tion

Sunday Tasmanian - Tassie Living - - Television - TIM MARTAIN Shark Week runs un­til Satur­day on Dis­cov­ery Chan­nel ( Aus­tar).

IT’S awe­some, ed­u­ca­tional, oc­ca­sion­ally gra­tu­itous and it turns 15 this year. Yes, it’s that time again: it’s Shark Week.

The Dis­cov­ery Chan­nel’s longestrun­ning TV event, Shark Week owes much of its suc­cess to the fact it pan­ders di­rectly to what so many Dis­cov­ery view­ers love – footage of sharks do­ing, well, what sharks do.

The ad­ver­tis­ing cam­paign for this year’s event fea­tures reg­u­lar host An­drew ‘‘ ET’’ Et­ting­shausen, who fin­ishes by say­ing ‘‘ when it comes down to it, this is what Shark Week’s all about’’ as a shark leaps from the water be­hind him, prey clamped in its jaws. Awe­some.

De­scrib­ing sharks as feared, ad­mired, hunted, threat­ened and mis­un­der­stood, Dis­cov­ery’s mis­sion is to use Shark Week as a ve­hi­cle to show view­ers new and un­ex­pected aspects of these crea­tures.

The week- long doco ex­trav­a­ganza

starts to­day with Sum­mer of the Shark ( 7.30pm) in­ves­ti­gat­ing the chain of events be­hind a sud­den, dra­matic spike in shark at­tacks across Aus­tralia.

This is fol­lowed at 8.30pm by Jaws Comes Home: Re­turn of the Great Whites, which fea­tures shark ex­pert Greg Sko­mal and har­bour mas­ter Stu­art Smith in­ves­ti­gat­ing the re­turn of sharks to the very wa­ters in which the movie Jaws was made.

Mon­day night is the pre­miere of Rogue Sharks ( 7.30pm), which ex­am­ines the con­tentious la­bel of ‘‘ rogue’’ or ‘‘ man- eat­ing’’ that is of­ten ap­plied to sharks, and un­rav­els the truth be­hind the slan­der.

Tues­day night is the pre­miere of How Sharks Hunt ( 7.30pm), which looks at why no two species of shark at­tack in the same man­ner. Through ground­break­ing tests and in­no­va­tive hi- tech cam­eras, they re­veal ex­actly why sharks are so deadly.

Killer Sharks: At­tacks of Black De­cem­ber pre­mieres on Wed­nes­day at 7.30pm. It takes a close look at the bru­tal, deadly and un­stop­pable se­ries of shark at­tacks that ter­rorised the coastal tourist towns of South Africa dur­ing the hol­i­day sea­son of 1957.

And Great White In­va­sion pre­mieres on Thurs­day ( 7.30pm). This doc­u­men­tary probes why sharks are now so rou­tinely seen off some of the world’s most pop­u­lar beaches in Aus­tralia, the US and South Africa and how much of a threat they pose to hu­mans.

In­ter­spersed be­tween these events will be an as­sort­ment of other shark­themed doc­u­men­taries so you can pretty much guar­an­tee that any time you switch to Dis­cov­ery this week, you’ll see sharks.

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