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Nat Geo WILD: ‘Shark Attack’ Production Update – Weather Anxiety

Three days and counting until the live event and weather is one of producers’ top concerns.  And it won’t take a raging storm to scuttle production – even heavy chop and rough seas are enough to seriously endanger our divers and our ship-board studio.

If the weather doesn’t cooperate, we could be facing some difficult choices when it’s time to flip the switch on the live broadcast.  Fortunately, we have contingency plans – and our contingency plans have contingency plans – but the unpredictability of the minute-to-minute weather, not to mention a host of other factors (sharks pretty much show up on their own schedule) leaves things far from certain – at least not as certain as we’d like.

Today, the team on the ground in South Africa is running though technical rehearsals.  The studio and control room are being set up at the Blue Marlin Hotel in Scottburgh, right on shore.  The photos above will give you a good look at encroaching weather, the view from the studio control-room, and a look at the set-up, which took place this morning, South-Africa time.

Our man on the scene, Bob Sitrick, is out on the boat right now and we’ll be posting a full report – video, photos, and video.  We’ll get the full tour of the studio-at-sea, and should see some early shark footage, so be sure to check back!

In the meantime, we’re collecting your questions for our team of shark experts and will be posting videos with the answers.

Comments

  1. SA
    SA
    November 24, 2011, 12:40 pm

    When is it on in South Africa?

    • Matthew Zymet
      November 24, 2011, 1:04 pm

      Hi SA!

      The show will only be broadcasting live in the US, Asia nd Latin America. It’s going to be live in South Africa rom 4am to 6am and if you’re up, you can watch online right here:

      http://natgeotv.com/int/shark-attack-experiment-live

      Hope you’re able to watch!

      Best,
      Matt Z.
      Nat Geo WILD

  2. Stacey
    Birmingham, UK
    November 23, 2011, 1:50 pm

    Hi Matt,

    Thank you for your reply! Its absolutely worth staying up for!! I will be watching at 2am! Seeing these beautiful animals is much more exciting than sleeping 🙂

    Thanks again for your reply and all the best for the show!

    Stacey

  3. Stacey
    Birmingham, UK
    November 22, 2011, 5:43 pm

    Hi, will this program be shown in the UK?

    • Matthew Zymet
      November 22, 2011, 6:39 pm

      Hi Stacy!

      It won’t be broadcast live in the UK, but we are streaming it online for folks outside of the US — you’ll be able to watch it here:
      http://natgeotv.com/int/shark-attack-experiment-live

      The live stream starts about three hours before the broadcast (about 11:15pm your time) — you’ll get a look at the prep for the live show, and then the show itself starts at 2am your time!

      Hope you’re able to watch!

      Best,
      Matt Z.
      Nat Geo WILD