Stuart Cove’s thirty third 12 months with famous show
Country superstar Brad Paisley adds star power
NASSAU, BAHAMAS — Producers, film makers, divers and support crew fanned out across the waters off the southwest coast of New Windfall recently, shooting footage for Shark Week, which is able to air the second week in July, charming viewers in as much as 88 million homes and multiple platforms in 224 countries.
The episode shot in The Bahamas featuring local divers and marine scientists like Dr Austin Gallagher, “Beneath the Waves”, will air on the Discovery Channel on July 13.
Headlined “The Science of Sound”, it explores sharks’ reactions to the sound of music, country music particularly, due to the picking, plunking, playing and familiar voice of country superstar Brad Paisley, who added star power to what’s more likely to be cone of probably the most watched TV shows of the 12 months.
Paisley played live to tell the tale the dive boat, together with his recordings lowered by divers through underwater sonar equipment, and moved with them as they swam and interacted with dozens of curious nurse and reef sharks. A diver himself, the singer-songwriter spent two days experiencing the deep with local divers like Kareem Bethell and Tyson Smith.
Stuart Cove’s Dive provided vessels and dive gear and each minute was stuffed with motion.
In the case of what it takes to make Shark Week filming work, Stuart Cove is as much as the duty.
“Now we have been working with Shark Week every 12 months for the reason that first episode was filmed in The Bahamas in 1988. Every 12 months, I feel ‘what can Discovery Channel do to top this?’ and the subsequent 12 months they give you something much more interesting or scientifically vital,” said Cove, who founded and operates the country’s largest world-renowned dive business.
This 12 months, he had an extra hand — his son, Travis, a diver-turned-actor who doubled for one more within the show.
Cove, a director of Save the Bays who’s energetic in coral reef preservation, said he believes Shark Week has helped sensitize the general public to the worth of sharks.
“Jaws made us afraid; Shark Week makes us understand. Presenting the true, true story of the worth of sharks helps us appreciate the vital role they play within the marine ecosystem,” he said.
Gallagher agreed, saying: “Marine scientists, including myself, give The Bahamas great credit for the country’s shark sanctuary laws.”
Gallagher has been exploring and documenting marine resources in The Bahamas for greater than a decade and said there isn’t any body of water comparable to it. A proponent of naming the waters “The Lucayan Sea”, he cited the statistic that a person is more more likely to be struck by lightning twice than to be bitten by a shark.
“Research which we have now helped contribute to demonstrates that tragically, unlike The Bahamas, there are countries where greed and avarice create a shark fin trade that claims fins from as much as 73 million sharks a 12 months,” said Gallagher.
“And while The Bahamas is protecting sharks and, as you possibly can see, the population out here today is healthy and energetic and non-threatening, sharks in lots of places elsewhere proceed to be threatened and that’s heartbreaking for anyone who studies their role within the marine ecosystem.”
Shark Week on Discovery Channel will run from Sunday, July 11, through Sunday, July 18, with the Bahamas episode on the third night, Tuesday.
Discovery Channel dubs its 2021 shows a “jawesome lineup”, starting with a docuseries and including celebrities Paisley, William Shatner, JB Smoove, Tiffany Haddish and others, with celebrities diving alongside marine biologists and representatives from respected science institutes like Beneath the Waves and Oceana.
Shark Week 2021 precedes the Summer Olympics and guarantees “to deliver all-new groundbreaking shark stories revealing remarkable insights into the mysterious world of those magnificent creatures,” in keeping with Discovery Channel.