01 Jul Shark Week Dives into Virtual Reality & 360
Your heart is racing, palms are sweaty, and you can barely contain your excitement. It’s one of the biggest television events of the year; Shark Week! While many of your friends are out enjoying the summer sun, Discovery Channel addicts (like myself) are basking in the blue glow of our televisions watching a marathon of toothy, dangerous, yet beautiful creatures. There is nothing that matches these seven days of underwater adrenaline, except maybe a week-long roller coast ride–but I’m not sure my stomach could take that. Actually, on second thought, diving with sharks might just take the cake, but I doubt I will be doing that anytime soon.
This year, Discovery Channel has made portions of their broadcasts available in virtual and augmented reality and 360 video. As they neglected to take me on any underwater adventures–maybe next year?–I am thrilled that I can get up close and personal, all the while being protected by my Google Cardboard.
So grab your Oculus Rift, Gear VR, or Cardboard and place your cheeks safely on the couch, you’re about to dive into shark invested waters.
Download the Discovery VR app to get started.
Discovery VR App
Here are some of the experiences you can check out through the app.
Sharks Among Us: Why Sharks
Dr. Craig O’Connell fell in love with sharks when he was a child and now puts his life on the line to protect them. Craig shows us some of his favorite moments from the filming of SHARKS AMONG US. He also shares his story of why he loves these apex predators and conducts his research with some of the most dangerous animals in the world.
Everyone loves sharks and puppies – so what about puppies dressed as sharks? Discovery VR will immerse viewers in a simulated underwater world of cuteness at the Washington Animal Rescue League.
Sharks Among Us: A New Way
Marine biologist Dr. Craig O’Connell takes viewers on a special dive at his favorite sites in Bimini, Bahamas.
Isle of Jaws
In the virtual reality experience, viewers will go along the known great migration route for great white sharks. Spoiler alert: You’ll eventually stumble upon a concentration of male great white sharks off an unchartered island.
Shark Week 360
This compilation features hammerheads, bull sharks, nurse sharks, Caribbean reefs and the ultimate predators, great white sharks.