We’ve already created our sharky library list and now I’m looking into documentaries. My kids adore documentaries as they add a visually compelling and storytelling element to my kids’ studies.
Shark Week for Homeschoolers: Comprehensive Video List
Here is a comprehensive list of 25 shark documentaries and shark videos using YouTube, Netflix, and Amazon Prime.
Remember, sharks are predators so there may be scenes of sharks catching and eating their prey. Please use your best judgment as to which of these videos will work for your family.
YouTube Shark Videos Specifically for Children
- Jonathan Bird’s Blue World Shark Academy – A series of 35 videos exploring the sharks.
- The Shark: Video for Children – A quick video explaining the ins and outs of sharks. This is jam-packed with interesting facts.
- All About Sharks for Children: Animal Videos for Kids – Another fun video for kids all about sharks.
- National Geographic Kids: Sharks – A series of short videos giving fantastic knowledge and facts about sharks.
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Amazon Prime Shark Documentaries
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- Rise of the Great White Shark – This documentary traces the rise of the white shark 11 million years ago.
- Africa’s Primeval Oceans – Explore the diverse marine ecosystem off the southern tip of Africa.
- Sharks: Masters of Survival – This documentary examines the range of sharks from the deepest depths of the ocean to the shallow tropics.
- Shark Dive – Get up close and view these apex predators in a way you never have before.
- Shadows in a Desert Sea – Watch as legions of hammerheads pass overhead in the Sea of Cortez.
- Diving with Sharks: The Ultimate Guide – Watch as filmmakers interact with sharks.
- Sharks (2D) – A documentary underwater adventure with the white shark, hammerhead or whale shark.
- Galapagos: Realm of Giant Sharks – A documentary on the migrations of sharks around the Galapagos archipelago.
- Great White Shark: Beyond the Cage of Fear – A profile documentary on one of the largest male sharks to ever be recorded, Bruce.
- Shark Gordon – Follow Ian Gordon in this 13-part series as he gets up close with sharks.
- Shark Gordon’s Most Dangerous Moments – Follow adventurer and shark enthusiast Ian Gordon on some of his closest calls with sharks.
- Shark Man with Riley Elliott – The Shark Man is all about disproving the myths that surround the apex predators of the ocean.
- Shark Nation – Learn how the population of some shark species has declined over 90% due to overfishing, and where there is still one place on earth that sharks thrive.
- World Discovery: Shark Chronicles –Follow Al Giddings as he documents the world of sharks.
- Saving Sharks: Raising Awareness– Every hour, 10,000 sharks are fished worldwide. How can we help this apex predator?
- Sharks of Polynesia – Follow Frederic Buyle as he dives into the world of sharks in Polynesia.
- Shark Divers – Discover one of the most dangerous jobs in the world…shark diving.
- 21st Century Shark – Can sharks survive the mounting pressures of the 21st century? This documentary explores how they may continue to survive even with a growing host of environmental pressures.
You can follow the OSEARCH tagged sharks with their free online shark tracker. My kids and I have been tracking a great white shark named Lydia for over two years. This is just another fun way to bring these unique fish into your home.
Sharks are captivating animals and my kids obsess over them every year. Videos and documentaries offer a colorful and enthralling way to dive deeper into these fascinating creatures.
About the Author
I'm Erin, an introverted homeschooling mom to two intense extroverted kids. We are child led with a heavy emphasis on read alouds, games, art, nature hikes, and hands-on everything! My kids just learn better when they can use their hands. You can find me at Nourishing My Scholar.
We traded the hustle and bustle of city life for the quiet that only farm life can provide. This creates a wonderful environment for our children, complete with chickens, goats, ducks, and cows. I'm a huge fan of Harry Potter and Gilmore Girls. When we're not homeschooling, you'll find me curled up with a cup of coffee and a good book or possibly enjoying a random dance party in the front yard to the newest Disney soundtrack.