“Shark Week” returns Monday night with the specials “Return of Jaws,” documenting a great white shark attack last year in Cape Cod. It then follows up with “Voodoo Shark,” about bull sharks in Louisiana.
“Return of Jaws” shows a robotic submarine tracking a 17-foot-long Great White as it hunts off the coast of Cape Cod in Massachusetts.
Marine biologist Greg Skomal told Yahoo TV that Cape Cod–which was near the fictional place where “Jaws” took place–is regarded as the “summer home of the great white shark in the Atlantic.”
It is also the site of the first confirmed shark attack in the area in 76 years.
According to Discovery’s website, the show follows Skomal and Harbor Master Stuart Smith.
“From the first underwater images of an Atlantic Great White for more than 30 years, to a nearly
fatal encounter with one of the largest sharks ever filmed; this special provides a compelling insight into the lives of the elusive Atlantic Great White. Why have they returned? Where are they going? And is it safe to go back in the water?” reads the press release.
After that, Discovery is following up with “Voodoo Sharks,” which shows Louisiana State University tracking down bull sharks in fresh water amid legends of a man-eating shark in a bayou.
“Bull sharks have always been known to be a unique species, in that they can transition between fresh and salt water, so they’re able to make their way into inland habitats that other shark species can’t,” said Jonathan Davis, a University of New Orleans doctoral student, told NOLA.com. “They’re pretty much the only species (of shark) that you can find there.”