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Why Sharks Attack

Will analyzing the hunting instincts of this endangered predator reduce deadly attacks? Airing May 7, 2014 at 9 pm on PBS Aired May 7, 2014 on PBS

Program Description

In recent years, an unusual spate of deadly shark attacks has gripped Australia, resulting in five deaths in ten months. At the same time, great white sharks have begun appearing in growing numbers off the beaches of Cape Cod, Massachusetts, not far from the waters where Steven Spielberg filmed the ultimate shark fright film, Jaws. What's behind the mysterious arrival of this apex predator in an area where they've rarely been seen for hundreds of years? Are deadly encounters with tourists inevitable? To separate fact from fear, NOVA teams up with leading shark experts in Australia and the United States to discover the science behind the great white's hunting instincts. Do sharks ever target humans, or is each attack a tragic case of mistaken identity? And can a deeper understanding of shark senses lead scientists to design effective deterrents and help prevent future attacks?

Broadcast Credits

Written and Directed By
ADAM GEIGER
Produced By
JULIA REDWOOD
ED PUNCHARD
Executive Producers
ED PUNCHARD
JULIA REDWOOD
COLETTE BEAUDRY
Edited by
JOHN CAROZZI
Camera
ADAM GEIGER
DAVE LEMAY
ULRICH-STEPHAN KRAFZIK
Narrated By
CRAIG SECHLER
Production Manager
RACHAEL KELLY
Production Coordinator
JOSHUA GILBERT
Sound Recordists
GLENN DILLON
JOHN HAWKES
NICK KENWORTHY
Assistant Camera
KRIS MYHRE
BEN HOGAN
First Assistant Director
KIRBY BRIERTY
Second Assistant Director
LIAM MURRAY
Titles and Graphics
RAZMEDIA
Assistant Post Production Coordinator
DANIEL CREWE
Assistant Editors
JAMES CLARK
TERRY TAPLIN
Online Editors
JOHN CAROZZI
DAVID LANGLANDS
BECKETT BRODA
Audio Mix
HAMDON SOUND STUDIO
Production Assistants
DAISY BENSON
JESSE LAURIE
ADDISON GEIGER
Safety Divers
CHRIS LIM
BRITTANY CROCKFORD
Legals
MICHAEL TUCAK
Head Of Production
Jules Fortune
Production Accountant
LESLEY HINDE
Development Writer
John McCourt
Special Thanks
UNIVERSITY OF WESTERN AUSTRALIA
MASSACHUSETTS DIVISION OF MARINE FISHERIES
CAPE COD NATIONAL SEASHORE
WESTERN KENTUCKY UNIVERSITY
JESS MESTRE
LUKE CHRISTENSEN
HARRY FRY
PATRICK DOWNES
AMBER MOORE
HAYDEN WILLIS
ROSS BRYANT
PETER SHURMER
MIKAYLAH SHURMER
MICK COLEMAN
NOVA SERIES GRAPHICS
yU + co.
NOVA THEME MUSIC
Walter Werzowa
John Luker
Musikvergnuegen, Inc.
ADDITIONAL NOVA THEME MUSIC
Ray Loring
Rob Morsberger
CLOSED CAPTIONING
The Caption Center
DIRECTOR OF PUBLIC RELATIONS
Jennifer Welsh
PUBLICITY
Eileen Campion
Eddie Ward
SENIOR RESEARCHER
Kate Becker
ASSOCIATE RESEARCHER
Shraddha Chakradhar
NOVA ADMINISTRATOR
Kristen Sommerhalter
PRODUCTION COORDINATOR
Linda Callahan
PARALEGAL
Sarah Erlandson
TALENT RELATIONS
Janice Flood
LEGAL COUNSEL
Susan Rosen
DIGITAL MANAGING PRODUCER
Kristine Allington
SENIOR DIGITAL EDITOR
Tim De Chant
DIRECTOR OF NEW MEDIA
Lauren Aguirre
DEVELOPMENT ASSOCIATE
Lisa Leombruni
UNIT MANAGER
Ariam McCrary
POST PRODUCTION COORDINATOR
Brittany Flynn
SUPERVISING PRODUCER
Kevin Young
POST PRODUCTION EDITOR
Rebecca Nieto
BROADCAST MANAGER
Nathan Gunner
COMPLIANCE MANAGER
Linzy Emery
BUSINESS MANAGER
Elizabeth Benjes
DEVELOPMENT PRODUCER
David Condon
PROJECT DIRECTOR
Pamela Rosenstein
COORDINATING PRODUCER
Laurie Cahalane
SENIOR SCIENCE EDITOR
Evan Hadingham
SENIOR PRODUCER
Chris Schmidt
SENIOR SERIES PRODUCER
Melanie Wallace
MANAGING DIRECTOR
Alan Ritsko
SENIOR EXECUTIVE PRODUCER
Paula S. Apsell

Produced by Prospero Productions in association with

SeaLight Pictures for NOVA

Produced with the assistance of ScreenWest, Lotterywest and Screen Australia

© 2013 Prospero Productions, ScreenWest Inc. and Screen Australia

All rights reserved.

Additional Material © 2014 WGBH Educational Foundation

All rights reserved.

This program was produced by WGBH, which is solely responsible for its content.

IMAGE:

Image credit: (Great White Shark)
© Stuart Westmorland/CORBIS

Participants

Wendy Benchley
Conservationalist
Shaun Collin
University of Western Australia
Steve Huskey
Western Kentucky University
Ryan Kempster
University of Western Australia
David Pickering
Snorkeling Tour Guide
Leslie Reynolds
Cape Cod National Seashore
Greg Skomal
Massachusetts Division of Marine Fisheries
Kara Yopak
University Western Australia

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