‘Shark Week’ brings its bite to virtual reality apps

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When a shark shows its pearly whites, the Discovery Channel wants you to see it in a whole new way: There’s an app for that.
As “Shark Week” begins this Sunday, the network is offering a number of new virtual and augmented reality experiences for hanging with hammerheads through its Discovery VR app.
Special “Shark Week” programming will be available through the app for viewing with virtual reality headsets such as Samsung Gear VR or Oculus Rift. One of the VR experiences is in partnership with Sony Pictures. “Dare to Swim in The Shallows” offers a look at the new horror film that finds Blake Lively facing off with a great white. Another segment called “Surviving Sharks” takes viewers underwater with Australian Navy diver and shark attack survivor Paul de Gelder.
Of course, if you just want to kick back with your favorite beverage and snacks to watch on your big flat screen, the Discovery Channel has a variety of programming for the 28th anniversary of “Shark Week,” which runs through July 3.
One of the more intriguing shows of the week, “Isle of Jaws,” airs Sunday at 10 p.m.
Earlier this year, award-winning shark cinematographer Andy Casagrande began searching for a group of great white sharks that had disappeared from the Neptune Islands off South Australia. What he found was a concentration of all-male great white sharks off an uncharted island.
He and marine biologist Dr. Jonathan Werry then got up close with the beasts to try to discover where they mate and where they have their young. Within the program, viewers will be able to use the Discovery VR app.
Other shows include: “Air Jaws: Night Stalker,” airing Tuesday at 10 p.m. and narrated by Lena Headey (“Game of Thrones”), looks at how great whites can hunt effectively with or without any sun or moonlight. “Deadliest Shark,” airing Wednesday at 9 p.m., explores whether the rare oceanic white tip sharks deserve the reputation as the “World’s Deadliest Shark.” “Shark Bait,” airing Friday at 9 p.m., looks at how great whites have discovered a new hunting grounds for seals off the coast of Cape Cod.
For a second year in a row, writer-director-actor Eli Roth returns will host the late-night talk show “Shark After Dark,” which will run Sunday through Thursday. For a complete listing of programming and times, go to discovery.com.

What: “Shark Week” — 28th year of annual programming block dedicated to these sea creatures.
When: Begins 8 p.m. Sunday, through July 3.
Where: Discovery Channel.

Contact Rob Lowman at robert.lowman@langnews.com or @RobLowman1 on Twitter.

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