For a week, swim with the sharks

Whale shark in Cendrawasih Bay in Indonesia’s Raja Ampat archipelago. © Burt Jones and Maurine Shimlock

Whale shark in Cendrawasih Bay in Indonesia’s Raja Ampat archipelago. (© Burt Jones and Maurine Shimlock)

Few species have been on Earth as long as sharks have — 400 million years, predating the dinosaurs. Fewer have captured the imagination of humans as sharks have.

Next week is Shark Week, TV’s annual ode to these mysterious, misunderstood creatures of the deep — a perfect time for us to highlight new research and new insights into the world’s sharks and the seas they inhabit.

Coming soon:

  • Plunge into the waters of Indonesia with CI’s Mark Erdmann as he and other researchers attempt to drill a hole in the fin of a whale shark (for a very good cause).
  • Strap into a submersible with CI’s Greg Stone as he ventures 5,500 meters (18,000 feet) beneath the sea for a look at an alien world — and a brush with a rarely seen denizen of the deep.
  • Tune in to the Discovery Channel on Monday, July 6, at 10 p.m. ET/PT for “Alien Sharks: Close Encounters,” with appearances by CI experts.
  • Get up to date on the five things you didn’t know sharks do for you.

Bruno Vander Velde is CI’s editorial director. 

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