EXCLUSIVE: Unlike Michael Phelps, Ryan Lochte Will Not Be Swimming With Sharks for Nat Geo WILD’s SharkFest

Jeah?!

Who needs Discovery Channel’s annual Shark Week
when we can watch Nat Geo WILD’s SharkFest? Well, that’s Ryan Lochte‘s thinking, anyway.

The Olympic swimmer — who is not Michael Phelps and is not going to be racing a good white shark on Discovery — is dutifully
promoting that other channel’s week-long shark-themed programming. In fact,
that’s all a silver-haired athlete-turned-Dancing With a Stars competitor-turned-dad competitor
is doing…

In an disdainful demeanour during Nat Geo WILD’s new promo, Lochte
begrudgingly embraces a “second best” status that a channel has accepted
for a possess shark week, that it says is filled “with best premieres.”

“Besides, No. 1 is a state of mind. Right, Ryan?” the
narrator asks in a clip.

While Lochte is, sadly, not going to be confronting off against
any underwater predators in a imagined Lochte vs. Shark, SharkFest does
promise to be a week full of thrills interjection to a list of programs
below: 

Shark vs. Predator (July 23): SharkFest
kicks off with a demeanour during a animals that brave to take on sharks. Seals,
crocodiles, octopi, bobcats and even birds have left head-to-head with these
elite killers, and Nat Geo WILD has unclosed a footage to infer it. Watch singular moments
when a shark ends adult on a receiving finish of an attack. It’s time for nature’s
ultimate underwater showdown.

Tiger Shark Terror (July 24): Every
diver has been warned that sharks feed during night, though is this a parable or does the
truth slink somewhere low underneath a waves? Professional shark diver Eli
Martinez and scientist Matthew Smukall thrust into a night universe of Tiger
Beach to examine either shark function changes once a object goes down.

Mission Critical: Sharks Under Attack (July
24): 
Geographic underwater photographer and Instagram star Brian
Skerry is on a idea to change a notice of a oceans’ greatest
predators — sharks. After 3 decades capturing a world’s oceans on
camera, Skerry knows sharks as kings of a oceans that keep these fragile
ecosystems functioning, not as aroused Jaws-like man-eaters.

Shark Swarm (July 25): Across the
vast oceans are underwater oases where sharks rally in outrageous numbers. What
is a captivate during these puzzling waypoints? Join shark scientist Riley
Elliott on a singular speed as he investigates some of a largest and most
mysterious shark gatherings on a planet.

World’s Deadliest: Shark Frenzy (July
26): 
The low blue sea is a stately place explored by many, though it
also binds some of a world’s deadliest peak predators … sharks! These savage
killers have one thing in common: a need to feed. In their quest, they use
sheer force, technique and genetics to grasp their ultimate goal.

SharkFest kicks off Sunday, Jul 23 during 8 p.m. ET/PT.

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