Shark Week was launched in 1988, and was created by Tom Golden and team at the Discovery Channel. This annual event geared towards education and conservation grew in notoriety and became a much-watched event for more than just shark enthusiasts or the curious…It became a breeding ground for curiosity and awed. Some popular episodes such as Air Jaws: Night Stalker, Sharks vs Dolphins: Face Off, Killing Games and Nuclear Sharks, raised the bar for interest and intrigue.
This year, for the 30th anniversary, the producers are raising the bar even higher with more shows lined up than ever before that will begin on Sunday, July 22.
The episodes may premiere during each Shark Week, but the best of them play often, year after year and are usually worth a second look. But, if it weren’t for the people involved, it would be like watching Jaws without the sound.
It is the people, both behind and in front of the camera who make Shark Week an essential event. It is scientists and scholars, bite victims, photographers, hosts and everyone in-between, who make Shark Week so compelling.
Click next to find out who they are and why they are so inspiring!