NEW YORK (AP) – Deep in the ocean, surrounded by sharks, Tiffany Haddish has stayed cool. She relied on her land survival skills.
“I was as scared around them as I was like a pack of pit bulls,” she said in an interview. “I have the impression that animals capture your energy. If you’re scared they’ll say, ‘Well, what’s the matter? Why are you scared?’ It’s like being in the neighborhood.
Haddish is among the celebrities registered for this year’s Shark Week, with a record 45 hours of programming on Discovery Channel and streaming on discovery + between July 11-18.
Brad Paisley, William Shatner, Eric Bana, Snoop Dogg, Eli Roth, Robert Irwin, Ian Ziering, Tara Reid and the cast of “Jackass” join Haddish. For the 33rd year of Shark Week, there are documentaries, numerous specials and even a reality series for fans of chewy sharks.
Howard Swartz, senior vice president of Discovery Channel, said Shark Week was born as a counterpoint for those who developed a fear of sharks and a desire to eradicate them after seeing “Jaws”.
“What has evolved over the past three plus decades is to show that these aren’t stupid killing machines, that sharks are incredibly intelligent animals,” Swartz said. “Equally important is their importance for the ecosystem, their importance for the health of the oceans and therefore for life on our planet. “
“Star Trek” star Shatner boldly went where he really didn’t want to go: diving with sharks. He suffers from galéophobia, a lingering fear of sharks, but he overcame it in “Expedition Unknown: Shark Trek”.
“I think it’s very healthy to be afraid of an animal that has an 18 inch jawbone with three sets of teeth,” he said in an interview. “It’s designed to eat, not necessarily for you, but to eat. And if you mess up being part of its food chain, that’s your problem.
Eli Roth, the horror filmmaker behind the bloody classic “Hostel”, joins the documentary “End” to explain why millions of sharks have died to fuel the continued demand for shark fin soup and others. dishes. Bana tells the doc “Envoy: Shark Cull”, which focuses on the controversial official shark control programs used in Australia.
Noah Schnapp from the sci-fi series “Stranger Things” dresses up to hunt for the ocean’s strangest sharks, while Irwin comes face to face with a tall white man for the first time. Even the online TV and video star known as Dr Pimple Popper is stepping into the action: Dr Sandra Lee will explore the world of shark skin and see if it can help human skin issues. .
Paisley puts his musical skills to the test to see how sound can attract or repel sharks, and Snoop Dogg chronicles crazy shark moves – like the beasts making mind-blowing leaps out of the water, prompting the rapper to call them out. “thirsty as hell” – in “Sharkadelic Summer 2”.
For Haddish, his shark breeding special – did you know female sharks have two wombs? – will hopefully show how important sharks really are to the planet.
“We all need each other. It’s like ‘The Lion King’ – the circle of life. We are keeping ourselves alive, ”she said. “No one on this planet for no reason.”
Swartz says inviting celebrities to Shark Week is a bit like when “Sesame Street” has famous guest stars – they help attract a larger, intergenerational audience.
“At the end of the day, what the celebrities do for us is bring people into the tent who might not normally come to Shark Week,” he said. “Having said that, I will say you might be surprised at how many celebrities are fans of Shark Week.”
Arizona State University professor Dr. James Sulikowski has participated in Shark Week before, but this time he’s doing something no one has ever done: perform an ultrasound on a wild tiger shark.
This was necessary because scientists are still trying to figure out where Bahamian tiger sharks calve and how humans can protect the area. But first they had to find a pregnant shark and that’s where Sulikowski stepped in, calmly pushing his ultrasound onto a shark’s belly on the ocean floor while dozens of his friends came to inspect it.
“It was so emotional at the same time,” he said in an interview. “It’s chaos. It’s terrifying. It’s exhilarating. You are doing something that no one has ever done before. You push the boundaries. And right in the back of your mind it’s like, ‘You know what? I could be eaten.
“Mothersharker” – Sulikowski’s wonderfully titled show – reveals another side of often misunderstood animals. “These sharks are moms,” he said. “These are animals that raise their young, they carry them, they protect them. This is something that most people don’t realize.
Other shows include a special about an attempt to tag the last known South African breeder of Great White and one that attempts to explain why in 2017 an entire population of Great White disappeared overnight around the Seal Island in South Africa. If you’ve ever wanted to see a submersible mechanical shark in action, you’re in luck with “MechaShark”.
Discovery also marks the start of its first Shark Week series. In “Shark Academy”, eight men and women begin a six-week crash course to secure a crew place on a shark expedition. And it wouldn’t be Shark Week without a scientific look at “Sharknado” – Ian Ziering and Tara Reid explore if a shark tornado is really possible.
Discovery’s ‘Shark Week’ has a rival – its lineup coincides with National Geographic’s ‘SharkFest’, which boasts 21 hours of new content and 60 hours of enhanced footage and archives over six weeks, with Chris Hemsworth the biggest circulation .
The two companies share a common theme: to bring out at least one reluctant respect for sharks. Or, as Shatner said, “These animals require our respect and intelligent fear, but not panic.”
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