SHARK WEEK 2016, "Nuclear Sharks," Discovery Channel. Ashlan and Philippe Cousteau.

Philippe & Ashlan Cousteau Go on a Nuclear Exploration Tonight on Discovery Channel SHARK WEEK!

SHARK WEEK is celebrating its 28th anniversary with Shark N’ Awe all week long, including fan-favorite encores and all-new programming for millions of viewers to enjoy. So far so good–and tonight, in Discovery Channel primetime, the schedule goes nuclear with the aptly titled “Nuclear Sharks,” and then heads into the rainforests of Costa Rica with “Jungle Shark.”

Nature is resilient, as humanity has seen time and time again. And, that includes our attempts to make our lives safer via war, even highly destructive nuclear war. This can be seen with the repopulating of Bikini Atoll reef sharks:

NUCLEAR SHARKS:  Thursday, June 30 at 9 p.m. ET/PT

Grandson to legendary underwater explorer and filmmaker Jacques Cousteau, Philippe Cousteau, and his wife Ashlan Gorse Cousteau travel with marine biologist Luke Tipple to Bikini Atoll to explore a marine environment once destroyed by nuclear testing during the Cold War. The nuclear devices detonated across the atoll vaporized two islands and destroyed everything living. Today, nature has proved resilient and restored the marine ecosystem, re-populating the atoll with reef sharks. But since reef sharks are considered non-migratory, where did they come from?

And, did you ever imagine that sharks would have to defend themselves against crocodiles?  

JUNGLE SHARK:  Thursday, June 30 at 10 p.m. ET/PT

Marine biologist Dr. Craig O’Connell and Andy Casagrande travel up the Serena River in the rainforests of Costa Rica to try and find out why young bull sharks swim up the river, and how they avoid the 12-14’ American crocodiles living there. O’Connell deduces the sharks smell the crocs and creates a first-of-its-kind croc scent-based bull shark repellant–and SHARK WEEK reveals a possible important discovery that could save human lives.

There is a lot to learn tonight on SHARK WEEK, so stay tuned! And, of course, don’t forget to stick around for late night talk show, “Shark After Dark,” hosted by award-winning film director, producer, writer and actor Eli Roth (“Inglourious Basterds, “The Green Inferno,” and “Knock Knock”, amongst other projects). Tonight, Eli hosts shark filmmaker Andy Casagrande and diver Ashlan Cousteau to discuss shark repellants, the importance of gear when diving with sharks, and what it is like to be a Shark Week Finbassador. “Shark After Dark” airs on Discovery Channel tonight at 11 p.m. ET/PT.

What is a Finbassador? According to Discovery Channel, the definition of a Finbassador is:

1. an individual who advocates on behalf of sharks

2. one who takes action to support shark conservation

3. a FINatic that is straight up JAWsome

For fans who would like to become Finbassadors themselves: In partnership with Oceana, Discovery’s “Saving Sharks” program is woven throughout experiences available on, enabling visitors to take action on behalf of sharks everywhere! On the Shark Week website, click on the “Save Sharks” tab for more information.

Fans can also keep up on all things sharks by following SHARK WEEK on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, Tumblr and Pinterest.

Image:  Courtesy of Discovery Channel, Used with Permission

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