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This is Shark Week and folks are talking about the Michael Phelps race against a Great White Shark. It was not really a shark, despite all the hype. It was actually a CGI shark and Phelps lost.

While Discovery will air several shows about sharks this week, Sci-Port is hosting events to let you learn about sharks.

Sci-Port has several events planned for this week. You will be able to witness a shark dissection, learn about other sea creatures and discover how sharks navigate the deep with specialized programming.

The local children’s museum will have specials on Underwater Robotics at 11am and 2pm and Shark dissection at 1pm. You will also have Comparative Anatomy at 10am, 1pm and 3pm.

There will also be a group shark dissection. Unlike the daily dissection, you and your team will actually dissect the shark.
Max of four people per groups. Limited to 10 groups per time slot. Cost: $30 per group

On the Discovery Channel, several shows about sharks are coming up this week. Here are some of the top picks:

MONDAY, JULY 24
Shark Vortex (7pm)
“Each summer the Gulf Stream pushes north into the waters of southern New England, bringing with it thirty species of shark. Greg Skomal and Joe Romeiro study the annual spectacle, focusing on three sharks – makos, great whites, and porbeagles – that can out-swim, out-think, and out-compete all the others.”

Return to the Isle of Jaws (8pm)
“Divers and scientists Return to the Isle of Jaws to unlock the mysteries of this new great white hot spot, just south of Western Australia. They make a startling discovery that causes a re-think of everything we thought we knew about great whites.”

TUESDAY, JULY 25
Sharks and the City: L.A. (8pm)
“Along the coastline of LA, great white sharks are increasing and they seem to be hunting out of season. Dr. Chris Lowe, Director of the CSULB Shark Lab, wants to know why. His investigation takes him to Guadalupe Island, off Mexico, where he finds the answer.”

Sharks and the City: New York (9pm)
“For decades, great white shark numbers were in decline in the waters around New York. But now, seals are back in New York Harbor – can the great whites be far behind? Marine biologist Craig O’Connell tries to find out how close they really are, and shows what a future with great whites in New York will look like.”

WEDNESDAY, JULY 26
The Lost Cage (8pm)
“A team of explorers float in a one-of-a-kind shark cage, 500 miles into the Gulf of Mexico. Acting as human lures in the open ocean will they encounter its deadliest shark?”

Devil Sharks (9pm)
“From active to extinct, and at very stage in between, volcanoes hold a strong attraction for sharks of all kinds. Across the world, sharks congregate and concentrate around volcanoes and volcanic islands. What is it about volcanoes that make them shark hotspots? Dr. Mike Heithaus dives several volcanoes to find out.”

THURSDAY, JULY 27
Shark Exile (8pm)
“In Brazil, Dr. Hazin has successfully reduced the number of shark encounters by simply catching and moving sharks out to the open sea. What’s his secret? And can this solution work in Australia, where encounters are a problem?”

Shark Storm (9pm)
“At various times of the year and in different locations around the world, sharks of many kinds gather, swarm, and spiral. Dr. Tristan Guttridge conducts a study of just what brings them together, and what’s going on in these shark ‘societies.’”

FRIDAY, JULY 28
African Shark Safari (8pm)
“Madagascar is not known as a location for great white sharks. According to the shark sanctuary here, both great whites and tigers are ‘extinct’ in Madagascan waters. So why has a great white shark, tagged in South Africa, travelled 1500 miles up the African coast to Madagascar? Craig O’Connell and the team make the long journey to the remote island nation to investigate and see if Madagascar is the next big great white shark hotspot.”

Lair of the Sawfish (9pm)
“Experts unravel the mystery behind one of the sea’s strangest creatures, the sawfish, from its evolutionary links to sharks and rays, to its key role in the marine ecosystem. Their goal is to bring the sawfish back from the brink of extinction.”

SATURDAY, JULY 29
Sharkmania (9pm)
“A rundown of the greatest moments from Shark Week 2017, featuring the closest calls, biggest bites, greatest gadgets, and viewers’ top picks for the best of Shark Week history.”

SUNDAY, JULY 30
Shark School with Michael Phelps (7pm)
“Michael Phelps joins Doc Gruber and Tristan Guttridge of the Bimini Shark Lab to get a crash course on everything ‘shark’. They’ll dispel the myths and common misconceptions, teach him how to safely dive with sharks – including how to stay calm when a hammerhead swims two feet above his face — and will get Michael Phelps up close and personal with the incredible power of a Great White.”

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