On November 25, Nat Geo WILD is going to go half way around the world to some of the most shark-infested waters on the planet, get into the water with those sharks – with nothing between them and our experts – and systematically test what triggers these animals to attack humans. And we’re going to do it LIVE on television.
We’re a relatively young network, and this production is… well, let’s just say its size, complexity, and possible danger to crew and experts is – unique – among the animal documentaries we’ve produced to date. Every possible safety precaution has been taken and we will have emergency medical personal standing by should the worst happen – but these tests and demonstrations will be conducted live, and there are no guarantees.
That’s where this blog will come in. Over the next several days and counting, we will be documenting the behind the scenes set-up for the show – the logistics, the rehearsals, the set-backs, and the unexpected – if something doesn’t come off during rehearsals, you’ll find out here. We’ll be prepping you to look out for the most complex and dangerous moments during the live show. We’ll also be introducing you to the amazing shark experts, marine biologists, underwater camera operators, divers and shark-attack survivors you’ll see during the program. You’ll hear from producers and the crew too about what makes this show unique.
Reporting from the scene in South Africa is Bob Sitrick, 30-year veteran of live-event television — he’s going to be our eyes and ears on the ground. Bob will be updating us here on this blog with real-time video packages, photos, and dispatches from the scene – he’ll also be tweeting from @BobSitrick. You can join the conversation yourself on Twitter – just use #sharkattack.
As I type this, Bob’s plane has just taken off on the first leg of his 40 hr. trip to Scottburgh, South Africa. And we expect him to be checking in along the way. In the meantime we’ll let Bob introduce himself in an upcoming post.
So keep checking in over the next several days to see how set-up and rehearsals for the show are going, and stay with us throughout the day on Friday November 25 for the final count-down to the live broadcast at 9P et/6P pt.