The stars of ABC's Shark Tank will be heading from business sharks to actual sharks, as part an upcoming special on Discovery. That's right. Shark Week is marking its 30th anniversary with TV's other famous sharks. It is all thanks to the network's annual Shark Week marathon. As part of the special, Shark Tanks Meets Shark Week, Barbara Corcoran, Mark Cuban, Daymond John, and Kevin "Mr. Wonderful" O'Leary, will take on a pretty big task. Here is what you need to know.
Each member of Shark Tank will take time out of their busy schedules to spend time with nonprofits dedicated to shark conservation. On the line is a $50,000 donation, which each team will work to convince the others their team deserves when they meet up with Robert Herjavec on the set of the series. Daymond John will head to the Bahamas Nation Trust, while Kevin O'Leary a.k.a. Mr. Wonderful will venture to the Georgia Aquarium.
Both Shark Tank stars will dive with actual sharks as part of the special. During his time at the shark sanctuary at the Bahamas National Trust, Daymond John explored the idea for a code of conduct for dive operators, which is a worthy notion to consider.
In authentic Mr. Wonderful fashion, he refused to go down without his trademark suit on, per USA Today. Don't worry though. A solution was reached in the form of a custom-made wetsuit that bears a striking resemblance to an actual suit. It was a solution very well-suited to Mr. Wonderful's wishes. What? I couldn't resist. Moving on, it sounds like the Shark Tank stars were able to spend some time learning valuable lessons about sharks and the environment.
Based on their titles alone, Shark Tank and Shark Week seem like a natural fit for one another. And, it will be neat to see the cast spend time away from hearing business pitches and learning about something entirely outside of their wheelhouse. As they will likely learn from being up close and personal with real-life sharks, the underwater variety is an utterly different sort than the business world's.
While one nonprofit will receive a $50,000 donation, the education viewers will receive from watching the program is nothing short of priceless. And, it will be nice to see the cast of Shark Tank taking a break from fighting about a business venture to championing a nonprofit that needs assistance. It does not get better than that.
The Shark Tanks Meets Shark Week special airs Wednesday, July 25 at 9 p.m. ET on Discovery. You can watch Shark Week from the beginning when it launches its eight-day telecast July 22 on Discovery. For new television shows coming soon, check out CinemaBlend's guide to TV's summer premieres.