While Chris Hemsworth has traveled the cosmos as the character Thor in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, back on Earth, he’ll be hosting a new show for Nat Geo’s Sharkfest in the summer of 2021. And it’s all about keeping people safe from sharks.
Revealed at the TCA summer press tour, Shark Beach will feature Hemsworth–who aside from acting is an enviromentalist and surfer at his home in Australia–as he learns more about the ocean’s ferocious fish and how humans and sharks can co-exist.
“I’ve spent a great deal of my life near or in the ocean, sharing the same backyard with sharks, and recently there’s been some growing concern regarding an increase in shark activity,” said Hemsworth. “It’s crucial that we both revere and respect sharks. Our oceans depend on these apex predators for a biodiverse ecosystem; however, we must also learn how to protect ourselves, and that’s my main objective in Shark Beach.”
Hemsworth will be joined by experts on sharks, and his journey kicks off in in Byron Bay, Australia, where the actor resides. The goal is to understand sharks and figure out ways to prevent attacks on humans, using the latest technology to learn more about the predators.
“Sharkfest has become the port of call for A-list scientists and filmmakers who share our passion for sharks and the health of the planet’s oceans. In success, we’re also drawing in celebrity thought leaders who have the power to raise awareness and impact behavior through their incredible social platforms,” says Geoff Daniels, executive vice president of global unscripted entertainment at National Geographic. “That’s why I couldn’t be more excited about Shark Beach and our latest collaboration with Chris Hemsworth. He’s a fearless defender of nature with a proven commitment to conservation and has an unrivaled willingness to do what ever it takes to help protect sharks for generations to come.”
Shark Beach will air in the summer of 2021. Hemsworth and Ben Grayson will serve as executive producers. This year’s Sharkfest is currently airing on Nat Geo Wild.
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