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Sharkathon
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Watch Sharkathon on PBS NC

Celebrate the ocean's misunderstood predator with PBS NC! Sci NC will explore stories about the great white sharks along the NC coast, why sand tiger sharks make themselves at home on shipwrecks, the changing migration patterns of blacktip sharks and what we can learn from the fossilized teeth of the prehistoric megalodon, the largest shark that has ever lived.

Additional programs examine an epic underwater attack on a great white shark, nonlethal solutions to shark attacks, sustainable shark-fishing practices and the sharks of Hawaii. Plus British naturalist Steve Backshall goes to a remote volcanic island to discover how to help protect a new generation of ocean giants.

Join us Thursday, 9/8 on PBS NC and streaming below and on the PBS Video app.

Sharkathon TV Schedule

TimeProgram
2 PMSci NC: Sharks!
2:30 PMChanging Seas: Recreational Shark Fishing
3 PMThe Search for the Ocean's Super Predator
4 PMNature: Sharks of Hawaii
5 PMGreat White Shark: New Perspectives on an Ancient Predator
7 PMOperation Maneater: Great White Shark
9 PMChanging Seas: Recreational Shark Fishing
9:30 PMSci NC: Sharks!
10 PMNature: Sharks of Hawaii

Sci NC: Sharks!

Hear stories about the great white sharks along the NC coast, why sand tiger sharks make themselves at home on shipwrecks, the changing migration patterns of blacktip sharks and what we can learn from the fossilized teeth of the prehistoric megalodon, the largest shark that has ever lived.

Watch Sharks! now online and on the PBS Video app.

Nature: Sharks of Hawaii

Learn surprising facts about the sharks that call the warm waters near Hawaii's islands their home. Meet the White Tip Reef shark, Whale shark, Tiger shark and more.

Watch Sharks of Hawaii now only with PBS NC Passport.

Expedition with Steve Backshall: Shark Island

Dive with Steve on an expedition to the remote volcanic island of Clarion in the Revillagigedo National Park. Steve and his team are looking to discover where shark mothers give birth and help protect a new generation of these ocean giants.

Watch Shark Island now only with PBS NC Passport.

Sharkathon Fun Fact

Did you know Sharks have more than 5 senses?  They actually have 7! In addition to the traditional 5 senses (sight, smell, taste, hearing & touch), sharks also have hydrodynamic perception and electroreception. This allows them to sense electricity.

Changing Seas: Recreational Shark Fishing

Shore-based, catch and release shark fishing is a popular past time in Florida. But is it having a negative impact on sensitive shark populations? Scientists have teamed up with anglers to study the survival rates of the fish and conduct outreach on best practices.

Watch Changing Seas now online & on the PBS Video app.

Operation Maneater: Great White Shark

Join Mark Evans in Australia, where seven people were killed by sharks in three years. Authorities implemented radical measures to catch and kill sharks they deem threats. Evans wants to find non-lethal solutions to keep people -- and sharks -- safe.

Watch Operation Maneater now only with PBS NC Passport.

Sharkathon Fun Fact

Did you know sharks are older than trees? Sharks have existed for more than 450 million years while the earliest trees popped up over 350 million years ago. Sharks are one of the only animals to live through every mass extinction. 

The Search for the Ocean's Super Predator

An epic underwater shark attack leads investigators to search for the ocean’s most fearsome predator. However, this isn't a case of a shark attacking a human, but that of a sea creature that devoured a great white shark.

Watch The Search for the Ocean's Super Predator now only with PBS NC Passport.

Great White Shark: New Perspectives on an Ancient Predator

Witness, along with top divers, biologists and shark scientists, a pivotal moment in our understanding of the Great White. Feared, finned & driven to the brink of endangerment, Carcharodon carcharias reveals long-held secrets. Hosted by Franklin Raff.

Watch Great White Shark: New Perspectives on an Ancient Predator now online & on the PBS Video app.

Sharkathon is supported by the NC Department of Natural and Cultural Resources.

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