The Discovery Channel is bringing Shark Week out for a special marathon this weekend. The network has dubbed it Shark Week in a Weekend and it begins this Saturday, April 4th and runs through Sunday April 5th. Discovery Channel is inviting nature fans to sit back, relax and put their fins up for the special, which doesn't normally air until late July and August. It's one of the most anticipated times of the year for the network and they know that everybody could use some extra entertainment at the moment.

The pop culture phenomenon will take viewers to oceans around the world with a team of renowned marine biologists and science institutions to deliver groundbreaking shark stories incorporating innovative research technology and revealing compelling insight into the mysterious world of sharks. Shark Week, television's longest-running, and most anticipated summer event will swim onto screens for a special weekend marathon featuring a line-up of fan-favorite episodes. From the coast of South Africa to islands in the Bahamas, Shark Week in a Weekend will bring the world to viewers at home while talented scientists take on some of the most daring shark experiments ever attempted.

If that wasn't enough, the Discovery Channel will air Shark Week's first scripted feature-length movie, Capsized: Blood in the Water on Saturday, April 4th, at 9 PM ET/PT. The movie is based on the harrowing true story of an October 1982 shark encounter gone wrong. It stars Josh Duhamel, Tyler Blackburn, Beau Garrett, Rebekah Graf, and Josh Close. Capsized: Blood in the Water premiered last summer and to the surprise of many, it received positive reviews from critics and nature fans. It has been praised for its realistic portrayal of survival and some even consider the movie to be educational.

In addition, Shark Week in a Weekend will also check in with Shark After Dark's not-very-deep sea sidekick Bob the Shark, who's dealing with his own underwater disaster: home-isolation with his family. "I'm a shark. And sharks fear nothing. After a few weeks of home-isolation with my family, I stand corrected," said Bob the Shark. Social distancing is even getting to the sharks.

The Shark Week in a Weekend marathon airs all day Saturday, April 4th beginning at 9:00 AM ET/PT with Shark Vortex and continues Sunday, April 5th from 9:00 AM ET/PT to 8:00 PM ET/PT, concluding with Naked and Afraid of Sharks. The event takes place exclusively on the Discovery Channel. This should be a great weekend for Shark Week fans who are spending their days indoors. Animal Planet did something similar last weekend when they served up 94-straight hours of puppies and kittens. They played their Too Cute series for an entire weekend, which also made a lot of people pretty happy. Discovery is going in the opposite direction with sharks, but it should be equally as entertaining. You can head over to the Discovery Channel website to check out the weekend's full schedule.

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