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Philippe Cousteau Discovers Sharks off Islands Formerly Used for Nuclear Testing

Originally posted 06/30/2016 05:45PM

When Philippe Cousteau and his wife Ashlan Gorse set off to explore The Marshall Islands, they had no idea what they would find.

An area once used for nuclear testing during the Cold War, Gorse tells PEOPLE: "We actually detonated over 60 nuclear bombs around these islands, and we completely destroyed the ecosystem, pretty much any living creature in the area."

Having heard that sharks had returned and were flourishing in the area despite the devastation, the couple set off to investigate for their Discovery Channel Nuclear Sharks show.

"It was just a wonderful thing for the two of us because it was our first real expedition, we were leading it together," says Cousteau.

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Eli Roth Takes a PEOPLE Staffer Swimming with Baby Blacktip Sharks and Stingrays

Originally posted 06/28/2016 07:30PM

For a full week, I dove in the Pacific with everything from a pack of Lemon sharks to a single 17-ft Tiger shark, but the moment we jumped in the water with stingrays, I was beyond spooked.

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See What It's Like to Be a Shark Week Underwater Cinematographer

Originally posted 06/27/2016 06:40PM

If you've ever watched Discovery Channel's Shark Week, you've seen plenty of amazing underwater footage, but just who is filming all those close-up shots of sharks?

This year it's French cinematographer Denis Lagrange, 44, who began diving at the age of 10 in Rangiroa, the second largest atoll in the world.

Lagrange returned with the Discovery Channel to Rangiroa this year to film for Shark Week.

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WATCH: Shark After Dark Host Eli Roth Reveals What Surprising Trick Scares Sharks Away Underwater

Originally posted 06/24/2016 12:00PM

As the host of Discovery Channel's Shark After Dark, Eli Roth knows a thing or two about sharks.

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WATCH: Film Director Eli Roth and a PEOPLE Staffer Come Face-to-Face with a 17-foot Tiger Shark

Originally posted 06/23/2016 04:30PM

As a brand new diver, jumping into the ocean in search of a tiger shark can be a very daunting task.

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WATCH: How a PEOPLE Staffer Survived Diving with Sharks!

Originally posted 06/22/2016 09:05AM

" When I sat down for a casual lunch in New York City with my editor, the Discovery Channel head of PR, and Philippe Cousteau (yes, the Cousteau, (his grandfather is the legendary under water explorer Jacques Cousteau,) the last thing on my mind was going swimming with sharks for Shark Week. But, before we finished the guacamole and chips I had agreed to do exactly that. One month later I was a certified open water scuba diver, clinging to a rock 60-ft underwater in Tahiti, while a 17-ft Tiger shark loomed inches above my head.

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Environmentalist Philippe Cousteau and Wife Ashlan Talk Earth Day and Flint Water Crisis: 'We Need to Be Informed and Get Engaged'

Originally posted 04/22/2016 01:00PM

  In 2010, environmental activist Philippe Cousteau, Jr. says he was "floored" when his girlfriend of one month, Ashlan Gorse, said she wanted to swim with great white sharks for her upcoming 30th birthday.

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'The Ocean Is the Shark's House': You Need to Hear This Woman's Beach Safety Tips (VIDEO)

Originally posted 07/09/2015 10:45AM

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You're Not Alone: These Celebs Are Also Tweeting About #SharkWeek

You're Not Alone: These Celebs Are Also Tweeting About #SharkWeek

Originally posted 07/09/2015 10:00AM

It's the most wonderful time of the year for shark and sea life enthusiasts alike: it's Shark Week.

As the longest-running cable TV programming event, the Discovery Channel's hit slew of specials and documentaries, including one very entertaining late-night talk show with Eli Roth has garnered a record number of viewers throughout its 28-year history, with this year racking up the most hours of programming since the annual event's inception.

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