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The Real Story of Sharks

Sharks are one of nature's most misunderstood creatures. From their portrayal as man-eating monsters in Hollywood blockbusters like Jaws to the annual "Shark Week" to sensationalistic news coverage of real attacks, sharks have become one of the most-feared animals on Earth. But do they deserve their reputation?

Separate fact from fiction with this deeper look at the world of sharks, featuring programs from PBS and member stations across the country.

Sharks in the Wild

Why Sharks Attack
NOVA

Why Sharks Attack

Will analyzing the hunting instincts of this endangered predator reduce deadly attacks?

Shark Reef
Saving the Ocean

Shark Reef

Shark Reef profiles efforts to protect sharks from the effects of the shark fin trade.

Biggest Fish in the Sea
Changing Seas

Biggest Fish in the Sea

The world’s largest known gathering of whale sharks occurs just off the coast of Cancun.

Creatures of the Deep
Changing Seas

Creatures of the Deep

Discover deep water species of sharks that researchers have known little about until now.

Tracking Tigers
Changing Seas

Tracking Tigers

Tiger sharks are the ultimate apex predator. They can travel long distances, utilizing a

Coastal Carnivores
Changing Seas

Coastal Carnivores

Bull Sharks and alligators are switching their natural habitats.

Great White Shark
Operation Maneater

Great White Shark

Mark Evans tries to find non-lethal solutions to keep people and sharks safe.

Great White Shark
Inside Nature's Giants

Great White Shark

Travel with the experts to South Africa to dissect a great white shark.

When Shark Fetuses Attack
Gross Science

When Shark Fetuses Attack

Sand tiger shark fetuses eat their siblings in the womb.

Matter of Fact: Shark Gills
SciTech Now

Matter of Fact: Shark Gills

How many gills does a shark have? Test your knowledge here.

Lemon Shark Birth in Bimini, Bahamas
EARTH A New Wild

Lemon Shark Birth in Bimini, Bahamas

Doc Gruber is shark midwife to a 10-foot lemon shark.

Sharks in the News

Should You Worry About Shark Attacks at the Jersey Shore?
NJTV News

Should You Worry About Shark Attacks at the Jersey Shore?

With recent shark attacks in North Carolina, some are worried about sharks in NJ waters.

Mind the Sharks
UNC-TV Science

Mind the Sharks

A UNC IMS survey finds that the numbers of great sharks have been steadily declining.

Dolphins used as bait for sharks
PBS NewsHour

Dolphins used as bait for sharks

Environmentalists believe thousands of dolphins are killed and used as bait for sharks.

Shark Research

An Interview with Renowned Shark Scientist Doc Gruber
EARTH A New Wild

An Interview with Renowned Shark Scientist Doc Gruber

Watch an exclusive interview with Doc Sam Gruber and host Sanjayan.

SciTech Short: Sharklet - From Sharks to Hospitals
SCI TECH CENTRAL

SciTech Short: Sharklet - From Sharks to Hospitals

A recent outbreak of drug-resistant bacteria in several U.S. hospitals has experts...

Kryptonite for Sharks
NOVA

Kryptonite for Sharks

Marine biologist Patrick Rice is using rare earth elements to repel sharks.

Tracking a Great White Shark Off the Jersey Shore
NJTV News

Tracking a Great White Shark Off the Jersey Shore

Ocearch, a non-profit researching large predators, captured and tagged a great white shark

Gulf Watch: Shark Research
WEDU Documentaries

Gulf Watch: Shark Research

Researchers Studying "Silent Victims" of Oil Spill.

SciTech Short: Sharklet - From Sharks to Hospitals
SCI TECH CENTRAL

SciTech Short: Sharklet - From Sharks to Hospitals

A recent outbreak of drug-resistant bacteria in several U.S. hospitals has experts...

Shark Scientist Richard Fitzpatrick Tags a Tiger Shark
EARTH A New Wild

Shark Scientist Richard Fitzpatrick Tags a Tiger Shark

Richard Fitzpatrick using a specialist piece of equipment to tag a tiger shark.

Catching a Six Gill Bluntnose Shark
Changing Seas

Catching a Six Gill Bluntnose Shark

The Changing Seas Crew is in the Northern Gulf to witness the capture of a large shark.

Shark Fun for Kids

Shark Science
Wild Kratts

Shark Science

Chris and Martin help scientists tag and track lemon sharks.

Dinosaur Discoveries: Sharks
Dinosaur Train

Dinosaur Discoveries: Sharks

Dr. Scott explains the differences between prehistoric sharks and sharks today.

Shark Scientist
DragonflyTV

Shark Scientist

Steve is an aquarist and elasmobranch (shark and ray) expert at the Aquarium of the Pacific.

All Clean at the Cleaning Station
Wild Kratts

All Clean at the Cleaning Station

Fish pick parasites from inside a shark's mouth.

Playing a Shark Game
Dinosaur Train

Playing a Shark Game

The kids learn to play a shark game.

Buy PBS Shark DVDs

NOVA: Why Sharks Attack

NOVA: Why Sharks Attack

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Inside Nature's Giants: Great White Shark

Inside Nature's Giants: Great White Shark

Own this sharktacular documentary on DVD.

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