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Shark Week 2022 has hit Cape Cod

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The new season of Discovery Channel’s Shark Week will highlight great white sharks off the coast of the Cape.

This image released by Warner Bros. Discovery shows a large white dog on the surface of the water. Shark Week, 25 hours of programming dedicated to all kinds of top predators, begins July 24 on the Discovery Channel and airs on Discovery+. (Warner Bros. Discovery via AP) The Associated Press

Love them, fear them — or both — it’s undeniable that great white sharks are as much a part of Cape Cod’s identity as traffic and lobster rolls. So it’s fitting that this year’s Shark Week will put the area’s iconic predators in the spotlight.

Discovery Channel’s Shark Week, now in its 34th year, begins Sunday at 8 p.m. and runs through July 30.

One of the shows, titled “Cape Monsters,” follows scientists testing shark deterrents in hopes of preventing future attacks on beachgoers.

A promo for the Discovery Channel show says: “Shark Week veterans Dr. Craig O’Connell and Mark Rackley dive into the great white shark-infested waters off Cape Cod in a quest to test cutting-edge shark deterrent systems to help keep the Cape’s waters afloat. safe for both beachgoers and sharks, before it’s too late.”

Speaking with Boston Herald, O’Connell said he came within 10 feet of a 15-foot great white while filming in Chatham waters last October. He told the news outlet that the shark deterrent barrier had worked, promising.

“It was probably one of the most exciting things I’ve ever done,” he told the newspaper. “I was in pure amazement. It was so graceful and circled right next to the barrier.”

“Monsters of the Cape” airs Saturday, July 30, at 8 p.m. on Discovery and Discovery+.

Shark Week 2022 focuses on the fatal Arthur Medici shark attack

Shark Week will also feature a Discovery+ exclusive focusing on Cape Cod. “Great White Intersection,” which begins airing Saturday, focuses on the fatal shark attack of Arthur Medici, 26, a surfer from Revere who was killed by a great white near Newcomb Hollow Beach in Wellfleet in 2018. It was the first fatal shark bite in Massachusetts in 82 years.

The show’s promo says: “Following the tragic and fatal Arthur Medici shark attack in September 2018, Great White Intersection takes a close look at the resurgence of great white sharks on Cape Cod’s beaches as the local community struggles to come to terms with the new reality.”

Scientists estimate that hundreds of great white sharks swim off the Cape’s beaches during the summer and fall as they prey on the rich seal population in the waters.

This year’s Shark Week will feature Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson as master of ceremonies, as well as special guests such as Tracy Morgan, Sal Vulcano, James Murray, Brian Quinn and the cast of “Jackass.” A full program schedule is available at discovery.com/sharkweek.

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