National Geographic's SHARKFEST Celebrates One of the World's Top Predators and Highlights National Geographic's Commitment to Protecting the Oceans - Business Wire
Posted: 17 Jul 2020 12:00 AM PDT
WASHINGTON--(BUSINESS WIRE)--National Geographic is counting down to SHARKFEST — summer's ultimate shark spectacular. Just TWO days away, the 8th annual SHARKFEST has more bite than ever with five consecutive weeks of programming across both National Geographic and Nat Geo WILD.
The network draws on SHARKFEST to underscore National Geographic Society's 132-year legacy in exploring the farthest reaches of Earth and to highlight its commitment to shark and ocean conservation. To connect viewers to this work, National Geographic today launched its first-ever online SHARKFEST webpage (natgeo.com/sharkfest).
The webpage, which curates programming highlights weekly for the duration of SHARKFEST, also brings attention to the National Geographic Society's ocean conservation programs, including its Pristine Seas project, and many of the Explorers who are working to protect sharks and their habitats around the world.
Founded in 2008 by National Geographic Explorer-in-Residence Enric Sala, Pristine Seas has inspired the creation of protected areas where marine life can thrive while ensuring effective management for years to come. The project has helped protect more than five million square kilometers across 22 protected areas to date and works in support of a global goal to protect at least 30 percent of the ocean by 2030. Pristine Seas partners with country leaders, business leaders, NGOs and local governments and communities, which has established some of the largest marine reserves in the world.
National Geographic Explorers serve as some of SHARKFEST's on-air experts, but there are many more whose shark research and conservation efforts are supported by the National Geographic Society. The work of these Explorers is featured on the new hub, including:
Finally, the robust webpage is also home for all things sharks, including:
"Our yellow border is recognized worldwide for its unparalleled efforts in exploration, conservation and environmental stewardship," says Courteney Monroe, president of National Geographic Global Television Networks. "For well over a century we have been a trusted source of science-first content; our annual SHARKFEST event is one way we can connect audiences to the wonders of the oceans and inspire them to share our commitment to protecting them and the 440-plus shark species which are vital to maintaining healthy ocean ecosystems."
Beginning tonight and throughout SHARKFEST, National Geographic will air its National Geographic PSA to encourage viewers to help us save our oceans, and the network will roll out snipes and bumps directing viewers to the SHARKFEST hub.
The first week of SHARKFEST premieres include the following:
Sunday, July 19:
Monday, July 20:
Tuesday, July 21:
Wednesday, July 22:
Thursday, July 23:
Friday, July 24:
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