Shark Week kicks off Aug. 9

A global pandemic won’t slow down one of nature’s fiercest predators.

The Discovery Channel’s Shark Week will launch its eight-day event, dedicated to all things shark, on Aug. 9. The network promises more than 20 hours of new programming during the 32nd annual installment of the network’s landmark franchise, including a special that marks the 20th anniversary of those breaching terrors known as Air Jaws.

Former heavyweight champ Mike Tyson champ will kick off Shark Week 2020 by starring in Tyson Vs. Jaws: Rumble on the Reef. In the special — which airs Aug. 9. — Tyson will “square off” against a shark “in the name of research,” with legendary ring announcer Michael Buffer calling the action. What does that mean, exactly? Will the two wind up comparing bite strength? The network assures that no sharks were harmed whilst making this special.

Viewers will swim the globe and visit such places as New Zealand, Australia, and South Africa to learn how the pandemic lockdown — which reduced the number of people playing or working in the oceans — “has given sharks the opportunity to reclaim the oceans.” Celebrities also will pop up to help educate viewers — and to swim with the sharks.

To announce its return to the water, Discovery has revealed its first Shark Week promo. The network, of course, has long had fun with these teasers, such as 2013’s edition. (R.I.P. Snuffy the Seal.) This year’s promo is perhaps the sauciest, as all sorts of people share a surprising fact that they gleaned from watching Shark Week: male sharks have not one and not three but two penises. The more you know.

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