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Shark Week and SharkFest 2021: Everything you need to know

The shark-infested event include a special with Chris Hemsworth and 6 weeks of content

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Caribbean Reef sharks as seen during “Shark Week.”

Caribbean Reef sharks as seen on “Ocean of Fear: Worst Shark Attack Ever,” which previously aired on the Discovery Channel during “Shark Week.”

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Summer is here and so is National Geographic’s eighth annual Shark Week. The terrifying yet fascinating apex predators are taking over once again, reports the Staten Island Advance.

  • With 21 hours of new content and 60 hours of enhanced content, here’s everything you need to know about Shark Week 2021 and Shark Fest 2021.

When does Shark Week start?

Shark Week kicks off July 11 and runs until July 18, Tthe Staten Island Advance reports.

  • There’s more shark content this summer with National Geographic’s Shark Fest. Shark Fest kicked off July 5, and will continue bringing viewers shark-related shows for six weeks, says Newsweek.
  • Shark Fest will continue until Friday, Aug. 13, reports Newsweek.

What does Chris Hemsworth have to do with Shark Week?

Movie star and pop-culture celebrity Chris Hemsworth — best known for his role as “Thor” in the Marvel Cinematic Universe — is headlining Shark Fest this year. “Shark Beach with Chris Hemworth,” a one-hour special event premiered July 5 to kick off Shark Fest, reports Forbes.

  • The special episode will be available to stream on Disney+ starting July 9, according to Newsweek.

The episode follows the Australian superstar on his exploration to find out how sharks and humans can coexist peacefully, per Newsweek. Hemsworth explores the behavior of different sharks and takes a dive with renowned shark conservationist Valerie Taylor.

  • Hemsworth isn’t the only celebrity guest. William Shatner, Tiffany Haddish and Brad Paisley, among others, will also make appearances, per The Staten Island Advance.

What Shark Week shows should I watch?

In addition to Hemsworth’s special, Shark Week 2021 has two other must-watch new specials:

  • When Sharks Attack” investigates seemingly random spikes in shark activity to understand why sharks come to local communities, reports Forbes. Shark Fest will include six new episodes of this fan-favorite show.
  • Rogue Shark?” investigates a 2018 series of shark attacks around the Witsunday Islands off the coast of Australia, Forbes reports. The episode tries to explain the attacks and looks at the theory that one rogue shark was responsible for all attacks.

If you’re still craving more shark content, Shark Fest will also include a six-part series called “Shark Attack Files” exploring bizarre and fascinating shark behavior as well as archival content from previous shark-infested summers, reports the Staten Island Advance.

Where can I watch Shark Week?

Shark Fest and Shark Week will be aired across National Geographic Discovery Channel, Net Geo Wild, Nat Geo Mundo and Disney XD, Forbes reports.

  • Disney+ will also stream new shark content every Friday, beginning July 9, per Forbes.
  • Hulu will stream all six seasons of “When Sharks Attack” for the duration of Shark Fest, reports the Staten Island Advance.
  • Shark Fest content will also be available on the streaming platform FuboTV which is currently offering a free trial, per the Staten Island Advance.