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Shark Week’s the Hype

Every year, whether a Discovery Channel watcher or not, most everybody
Shark Week 2009

Shark Week 2009

prepares for the hotest week on the Discovery Channel all year long:  Shark Week.  The popularity of this program grows each year.  In 2006, there was an estimated 20 million viewers.  In 2008, an estimated 29 million, being an 8% increase from 2007.  This year an estimated over 30 million is to be expected. 

Shark Week has ran for 22 years.

This year Shark Week brings you “chills and thrills”, showing you some of the deadliest sharks, why they attack, and some of the most memorable shark attacks in history.

The line up is as follows:

SundayAugust 2, 2009: Blood in the Water
This two hour premiere features the true story behind the movie Jaws.  Apparently a 9 foot long shark started attacking swimmers just off of New Jersey beaches.  The shark’s ancestors had been swimming these shores for centuries so when they appeared in 1916, the busy beaches became a feeding opportunity for them.  This was the first multiple shark attack in American history.

The shark uses its tail to speed up and catch prey

The shark uses its tail to speed up and catch prey

Monday August 3, 2009:
1) Deadly Waters

Survivorman’s Les Stroud is on a mission to find the deadliest waters around the world, test them, and determine why they are among the deadliest waters on Earth.
2) Day of the Shark 2
A great white breaks through a 300-lb shark cage and traps the divers inside.  Another shark attacks a former Navy Seal in Florida.  And a bull shark invades a spear-fishing trip in the Bahamas.

Tuesday August 4, 2009: Sharkbite Summer
The summer of 2001 deemed to be quite the bloody summer with fears that the sharks were taking back  America’s shores.  There are various interviews with survivors, victims, surgeons, and family members, are visits of the sites of attacks.  One man on his anniversary vacation, barely made it back to shore after a shark attack, leaving him bloody and almost dying on the sand.
Attacks in Summer of 2001

Attacks in Summer of 2001

Wednesday August 5, 2009: Great White Appetite

Consuming about 17% of its body weight

Consuming about 17% of its body weight

The great white, patroling  over 50-percent of the globe’s inhabited coastlines, is one of the most feared predators in the world.  Little is known about these beasts other than its incredible appetite which is even a mystery.  Watch as Charles witnesses a great white eats over 300 lbs of tuna within minutes, and escape from a great white chomping at the boat he’s sitting in.

Thursday August 6, 2009: Shark After Dark

More aggressive & active after dark
More aggressive & active after dark

With infrared thermography cameras and night vision technology, a team of divers travel to study sharks, who are most active and aggressive in the dark, in some of their dangerous after-dark hunting grounds.  See some amazing footage of how well this technology works, and how dense in population some of the seal grounds are. As they follow outward bound groups of seals, it is not long before you see a shark leaping out of the water catching one in its powerful jaws.

Shark Fun Facts:

-Sharks see in color, and are extremely sensitive to changes in contrast. So be careful if you’re swimming with an uneven tan!
-Sharks do not need to be constantly swimming to breathe.  They will not drown this way.
-There are three ways for a shark to give birth: live birth, hatching from an egg, or an egg and live birth combination.

-In the US you are more likely to die from the following than you are from a shark attack:     
greatwhite2>falling down the stairs
>from a fatal farming machine accident
>from a hornet, wasp, or bee sting
>drowning in a bathtub of water
>several times more likely being struck by lightening


-Sharks can’t grind to a halt or swim backwards.
-The smallest shark, the Dwarf Shark, averages 4 inches long.
-Whale sharks are believed to be capable of living up to 150 years.

Rows of teeth
Rows of teeth

-A shark may grow and use over 20,000 teeth in its lifetime.  They never run out of teeth
-Their skin is made of denticles (teeth-like skin) instead of scales.

  1. terrorist
    August 7, 2009 at 5:56 pm

    Sharks r the shit! Esp when destroying baby seals!

    • August 7, 2009 at 9:20 pm

      omg Paul….. yes it does look cool. but what about those poor baby seals. have you ever seen one in person? they are soooo cute! you wouldn’t be saying that then. but i do have a pic of a shark catching a seal on the post lol

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