July 25, 2017: SHARKS IN THE CITY

It’s shark week, but sharks in the city?  They don’t just prowl on Wall Street.  We’ll give a sneak peek of Discovery Channel’s “Sharks and the City:  New York,” and find out what predators lurk in our waters.

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> THIS PINT SIZE BROOKLYNITE HAS BROOKLYN ON HIGH ALERT.

ALTHOUGH SQUIRRELS RARELY HAVE RABIES THEY ARE ASSUMING THIS ONE DOES.

HEED THE SIGNS.

IF YOU ARE BITTEN, GO TO YOUR LOCAL HOSPITAL.

WE GO NOW FROM OUR PARKS TO OUR BEACHES.

WE ARE ENJOYING SOME OF OUR COUNTRY'S BEST.

IT IS SHARK WEEK ON THE DISCOVERY CHANNEL AND NEW YORKERS TAKE HEED.

THIS ONE IS ALL ABOUT US.

HAVE YOU EVER WONDER WHAT PREDATORS ARE IN OUR WATERS?

MOST PEOPLE KNOW THAT THE FILM 'JAWS' WAS BASED ON A SHARK FRENZY THAT HAPPENED BACK IN 1916 IN NEW JERSEY WHERE FOUR PEOPLE WERE KILLED IN TWO WEEKS BY A GREAT WHITE.

NOW TAKE A FIRST LOOK AT SHARKS IN THE CITY PREMIERS TONIGHT AT 8:00 P.M.

HIS HOPE IS TO CATCH A JUVENILE WHITE SHARK AND CONFIRM THESE WATERS.

A MINUTE LATER, THE CAMERA BATTERY DIED AND WHEN THEY RETRIEVED THE RING, SOMETHING IMPORTANT IS MISSING.

IT IS GONE.

OKAY, WE WERE WATCHING AND WE ARE PULLING IT UP AND THE TUNA WAS THERE A FEW SECONDS AGO.

THE MORE MIX THE BETTER.

A WHITE SHARK FEEDING ON TUNA, MORE FOOD FOR OTHER SHARKS.

SO IT WILL BE USED AS BAITS AROUND THE CLOCK.

REALLY, REALLY GREAT?

THERE ARE MORE?

A LITTLE BIT MORE.

OH!

WHOLLY!

OH MY GOD!

I DON'T KNOW IF THAT WAS THE BRICK ON THE OTHER SIDE OR WE HAVE A REALLY BIG ANIMAL RIGHT HERE.

LETS SEE.

YES!

WE GOT SOMETHING.

OH MY GOD!

A BIG SHARK, BIG SHARK, MUCH BIGGER!

BEAUTIFUL SHARK!

LOOK AT THAT, SO MUCH SHARKS, ABSOLUTE BEAUTY.

THIS IS LITERALLY A 6 FOOT SHARK RIGHT NEXT TO THE BEACH.

THIS IS A NICE FEMALE.

IT IS NOT A GRAY WHALE, A LARGE COASTAL SHARK.

PROTECTED SPECIES, ADULTS CAN THIS YOUNG FEMALE IS LIVING PROOF THAT THE NEW YORK BITE IS SHARK FRIENDLY AGAIN.

VERY AUXILIRATIING.

JOHN, WELCOME TO THE SHOW.

IT IS GOOD TO BE HERE.

THERE ARE SHARKS OFF THE SHORE IN NEW YORK, WHICH IS GREAT NEWS, I THINK.

THERE IS OVER 26 SPECIES OF SHARKS.

WHAT WE TEND TO THINK ABOUT IS A MONOLITH, RIGHT?

JAWS AND ALL OF THAT.

IT IS ACTUALLY VIED AND DIVERSE WHICH IS GREAT NEWS FOR ALL OF US.

SO THE TRUTH IS THERE ARE SHARKS OUT THERE.

THE TRUTH IS ALSO THAT THEY REPRESENT A VERY VANISHING SMALL AND DANGER OF ANYBODY THAT'S IN THE WATER.

WHAT YOU NEED TO WORRY ABOUT WHEN YOU ARE IN THE WATER IS WATER SAFETY.

YOU NEED TO WORRY ABOUT NOT GETTING STUNG BY A BEE OR HIT BY A COCONUT.

ALL OF THOSE THINGS CAUSE MORE HUMAN DEATHS EVERY YEAR THAN SHARK ATTACK.

COCONUT INJURIES?

THAT'S RIGHT.

LETS GO BACK TO THE FACT THAT YOU ARE SAYING THIS IS GOOD NEWS THAT THERE ARE SHARKS IN THE WATER.

TELL ME ABOUT THE SHARK POPULATION AT LEAST IN THIS PART OF NORTH ATLANTIC.

IT IS REALLY INTERESTING BECAUSE THE TRUTH IS SHARKS, THEIR PRESENCE AND ABSENCES ARE INDICATIONS OF HABITAT HEALTH AND ECOSYSTEM HEALTH.

WHEN WE HAVE A SOLID POPULATION OF THESE PREDATORS, THEY KEEP THE ENTIRE TONE IN GOOD SHAPE AND KEEPING ALL OF THESE ANIMALS HEALTHY.

WHEN WE SEE SHARKS AND HEALTHY POPULATION OF SHARKS IN THESE WATER, WE KNOW TWO THINGS.

WE KNOW HABITATS ARE IN GOOD SHAPE AND REGULATIONS AND THE LAWS PASSING THROUGH THE YEARS PROTECTING THESE ANIMALS AND OTHER MARINE WILDLIFE ARE WORKING AND THAT'S A GREAT THING.

THAT'S ONE OF MY QUESTIONS.

IT IS NOT ABOUT PROTECTING THE SHARK, IT IS ABOUT PROTECTING THE FOOD.

SOME OF THAT IS THE SAME FOOD THAT WE LIKE TO FISH FOR.

THAT'S RIGHT.

WHEN YOU ARE SEEING SHARKS, YOU ARE SEEING HEALTHY POPULATION OF THOSE ANIMALS THAT FISHERMEN LIKE TO GO OUT WITH.

ALL THESE ANIMALS ASSOCIATED WITH REGULAR FISHING AND JOY OUT OF THE WATER, RIGHT?

THOSE ARE THE SAME ANIMALS IF YOU SEE SHARKS THERE IS HEALTHY POPULATION OF.

WE SEE THESE REGULATIONS ARE WORKING AND THAT'S ALSO WHY THE WILDLIFE CONSERVATIONS SOCIETY AND NEW YORK AQUARIUMS ARE OUT THERE STUDYING THESE ANIMALS.

WE NEED TO UNDERSTAND HABITAT USE AND MIGRATION PATTERNS AND WE NEED TO UNDERSTAND HOW WE CAN HELP PROTECT THESE ANIMALS.

IN DOING SO, WE ARE PROTECTING A VIBRANT ECONOMY RIGHT HERE IN NEW YORK.

QUICKLY, I WANT TO GO DEEPER AND ALSO UNDERSTANDING FURTHER BECAUSE I UNDERSTAND THAT THE HEALTH OF A CORAL REEF IS MAYBE NOT AT A GROUND ZERO BUT A BASELINE FOR BUILDING THE HEALTH OF THE SHARK POPULATION.

ANY PLACE THAT WE HAVE MARINE HABITAT, RIGHT?

AND AMBASSADOR REEFS, SHARKS ARE IMPORTANT TO THE HEALTH OF THOSE PLACES.

APEX IS KEEPING THE ENTIRE ECOSYSTEM IN BALANCE AND THEY'RE KEEPING IT HEALTHY.

WHEN YOU THINK OH, I LOVE CORAL LEAVES ON SOME LEVELS WE ARE SAYING OH, SHARKS ARE IMPORTANT AND WE WANT TO PROTECT SHARK.

SHARKS.

SIMILARLY WHEN THERE ARE HEALTHY POPULATION OF IN SHORE COASTAL SHARKS THAT WE SAW AND WE KNOW WE HAVE HEALTHIER AND MORE PRODUCTIVE WATER IN NEW YORK.

WELL, THAT'S ALL GOOD NEWS TO HEAR DURING SHARK WEEK WHEN WE TEND TO LOOK FOR THE FEN ON THE HORIZON OF THE WATER.

THANKS FOR JOINING US.

IT IS GREAT TO BE HERE.

DON'T MISS TONIGHT AT 10:00 ON DISCOVERY CHANNEL.

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