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Racing the clock, the Shark Men resort to everything from midnight fishing to swimming with sharks. And at a moment when teamwork is vital, the crew and the equipment break down: the crane dies, and Denny disappears. With only hours to go to implant the crucial tags, will the Shark Men hold together?
Lead scientist Pete Klimley and his second in command Alex Hearn, clash in a screaming match that comes close to an all out fist fight. Pete also goes viral on Expedition Leader Chris and Captain Brett setting an anxious undertone throughout the crew. At the end of the day, the mission to protect the sharks rises above all else although personality conflicts continue to simmer.
The Shark Men divide and conquer to get the job done, but that approach causes some safety issues. While divers scout for hammerheads, Todd is off by himself and hooks a giant tiger shark. The divers' support boats rush over to assist Todd leaving the lead scientist alone in dangerous waters. The tense episode is the start of a growing divide between the anglers and scientists on priorities and protocol. But in the end, the mission takes precedent and they wind up having their best day ever in terms of tagged sharks. Costa Rica's Cocos Island is a designated protected area and the rangers are keeping a skeptical eye on the men. But their mission is urgent as thousands upon thousands of sharks are illegally finned in these waters.
Under the cloak of darkness, shark finning poachers boldly enter Cocos Island's protective waters and this is the first time the Shark Men have on-board security in case there's a confrontation. Under tense conditions, the team's main species for tagging are hammerhead sharks. Because of their bigger fins, they are a highly sought after species for slaughter.
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- Premiered: June 6, 2010
- Rating: TV-PG
- Premise: A renowned shark scientist teams up with world-class anglers to study sharks at sea. (more)