NOVA: Why Sharks Attack

NOVA: Why Sharks Attack

Wed, 08/27/2014 - 9:00pm - 10:00pm

Great White Shark

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Uncover the science behind the hunting instincts of the great white shark.

In recent years, an unusual spate of deadly shark attacks has gripped Australia, resulting in five deaths in 10 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 Jaws. What’s behind the mysterious arrival of this apex predator in an area where it’s rarely been seen for hundreds of years? To separate fact from fear, NOVA teams with leading shark experts in Australia and the United States to uncover the science behind the great white’s hunting instincts. With shark populations plummeting, scientists race to unlock the secrets of these powerful creatures of the deep in their quest to save people — and sharks. NOVA: Why Sharks Attack airs Wednesday, August 27, 2014 at 9 p.m. on WXXI-TV.