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Shark

  • Season 1
  • 3 episodes
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Summary

A major wildlife series on the sharks of the world with over thirty species filmed, showing how they hunt, intricate social lives, courtship, growing up and the threats they face.

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Episode 1: Shark

Summary

Wildlife documentary venturing below the waves to examine the ocean predators' behaviour. The first film reveals their many different hunting methods, from blacktip sharks gathering in huge packs and herding fish into baitballs, to tasselled wobbegongs, which ambush their prey. Other highlights include Greenland sharks, which live under the arctic ice, whitetip reef sharks - arguably the masters of night-time hunting - and the great white, shown stalking fur seals off the coast of South Africa.
Recommended

Review

Rating: 4 out of 5.

Sleek and powerful. Hard for most of us to relate to. Lethal when they need to be… But if the politicians don’t keep your interest on election night, try this series on sharks, a gloriously “Whoa!”-inducing survey of the ocean’s least-loved predators.

I particularly recommend goblin sharks. In a programme – the first of a three-parter – that patrols the further edges of shark-related weirdness, they are the spookiest. When they attack their prey, their great jaws extend out of their head on flaps of skin, like a shabbier version of the monster in Alien.

It’s disturbing and ugly, but there’s plenty here that is disturbing and beautiful, too, such as the superfast mako shark that can swim at 46mph or the Greenland shark, which can live, we’re told, for 200 years (how do they know?). And if you’ve never seen a tasselled wobbegong in action, it’s as striking as its name.

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NarratorPaul McGann

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Executive producerMike Gunton
Series producerSteve Greenwood

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  • Episode 1

    Shark

    Summary

    Wildlife documentary venturing below the waves to examine the ocean predators' behaviour. The first film reveals their many different hunting methods, from blacktip sharks gathering in huge packs and herding fish into baitballs, to tasselled wobbegongs, which ambush their prey. Other highlights include Greenland sharks, which live under the arctic ice, whitetip reef sharks - arguably the masters of night-time hunting - and the great white, shown stalking fur seals off the coast of South Africa.
    Recommended

    Review

    Rating: 4 out of 5.

    Sleek and powerful. Hard for most of us to relate to. Lethal when they need to be… But if the politicians don’t keep your interest on election night, try this series on sharks, a gloriously “Whoa!”-inducing survey of the ocean’s least-loved predators.

    I particularly recommend goblin sharks. In a programme – the first of a three-parter – that patrols the further edges of shark-related weirdness, they are the spookiest. When they attack their prey, their great jaws extend out of their head on flaps of skin, like a shabbier version of the monster in Alien.

    It’s disturbing and ugly, but there’s plenty here that is disturbing and beautiful, too, such as the superfast mako shark that can swim at 46mph or the Greenland shark, which can live, we’re told, for 200 years (how do they know?). And if you’ve never seen a tasselled wobbegong in action, it’s as striking as its name.

    How to watch

    Loading

    Streaming

    Details

    Formats
    Colour

    Credits

    Cast

    rolename
    NarratorPaul McGann

    Crew

    rolename
    Executive producerMike Gunton
    Series producerSteve Greenwood
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