The Discovery Channel’s annual ode to everything sharks has partnered with The Ritz-Carlton Fort Lauderdale to screen new episodes ahead of the July 28 premiere.
From July 27 to Aug. 4, the hotel will debut a commercial-free “Shark Week” episode each night with an apex-predator themed menu of food, cocktails and spa treatments. The menu includes Noctural Nosh (fish dip), Shark Bait (tuna poke) and Shark Bites (Fish n’ Chips). The screenings are free but the food, drinks and spa features, which will be available through August, are not.
The idea is to raise awareness for shark conservation efforts, with proceeds to benefit the Shark Research & Conservation Program at the University of Miami. The school program is known of its shark tagging initiatives and resident shark expert Neil Hammerschlag who has appeared in several episodes of “Shark Week” over the years.
The screenings will take place at the hotel’s Burlock Coast Seafare & Spirits restaurant, 1 North Fort Lauderdale Beach Boulevard.
Guests and visitors can also soak up the debut episode “Expedition Unknown: Megalodon” at another viewing party on July 27 from the hotel’s seventh-floor pool. Shark-themed pool floats will decorate the pool area which will be transformed into an “underwater sanctuary” with Laudy, the hotel’s new hammerhead shark replica. The Megalodon episode looks at the disappearance of the 60-ton mega-shark after it dominated the oceans for 20-million years.
This is the 31st year for "Shark Week'' which will roll out 18 new episodes. Debuting 8 p.m. July 31st is the special’s first scripted film, "Capsized: Blood in the Water'' about a Florida-bound yacht that capsizes in the Atlantic where the crew and guests encounter tiger sharks. The movie, which the network says is based on real-life events from 1982, stars Josh Duhamel and Tyler Blackburn. Other episodes include "Sharks of the Badlands,'' a documentary that focuses on technology used to track the white sharks that have infiltrated Cape Cod. And there’s “Air Jaws Strikes Back,” another documentary that explores how seals have developed counter attacks against their white shark predators.
For more information on the viewings, call the hotel restaurant at (954) 302-6460.