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Wednesday, June 29, 2016

SHARK WEEK 2016


SHARK WEEK 2016



It is “Shark Week” on the Discovery Channel.  I am a big fan of “Shark Week” and have been for years.  I do have to admit, though, that the reason behind most episodes are, in my mind, malarkey.  

Every episode claims to be doing research to determine more facts about these little known animals.  This research is necessary in order to protect and preserve these great animals.

Maybe.

I wish they would be a bit more up front and admit the research is to gather footage for “Shark Week.”

Not that I mind either way, I love watching sharks, but seriously as just “Important” research?

The episode I watched tonight involved six, count them, six shark scientist experts or sharkologists.  They spent a summer in a five million dollar ship following great white sharks around an island that is home to a zillion seals. They tagged the sharks, and then followed them with tracking equipment, mini-subs with cameras and all kinds of super expensive equipment. 

What did these six, I assume well paid, sharkologists find out?

The sharks loved this island because they like to eat seals…I knew that, I watch “Shark Week” every year.

The biggest sharks are females… I knew that, I watch “Shark Week” every year.

They hunt during the day and rest at night… I knew that, I watch “Shark Week” every year.

They are very fast, they are very powerful, they bite to explore… I knew that, I watch “Shark Week” every year.

More people are killed by lightening every year than by shark attacks… I knew that, I watch “Shark Week” every year.  (Of course billions of people are exposed to potential lightening strikes every year and only a few hundred thousand swim in the same water as great white sharks. If there is a thunderstorm, do not stand under a tree, and you probably should not swim with seals.)

Anyway, scientists tag, follow, film and test sharks every year probably spending more money than Jerry ever collected for his children and we learn almost nothing new every year on “Shark Week.”

Still, I cannot get enough of these “Shark Week” shows. 

18 comments:

  1. All we need to do is watch Shark Week every year. That's all we'll ever need to know.

    Have a terrific day Joe. ☺

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  2. we had it on in the deep night of work last night. i don't get it...

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  3. I've never watched it, as I'm a scaredy cat.

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  4. Wait! Aren't you also a fan of the SHARKNADO movies?

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  5. Completely harmless--watching, that is.

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  6. I saw the original "Jaws" and that's about it. TI heard of Shark week shows. Sounds scary but may be ok.

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  7. Everyone is afraid of something and i have a fear of sharks, but I respect them immensely and know how important they are to the oceans of the world. And sharks have so much more to fear from us than we do from them. I think they should stop with "Shark Week" and instead have ""Python Week." Pythons are an invasive species no one likes and no one would mind seeing harmed. Well, maybe not everyone.

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  8. I like sharks. From a safe distance.

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  9. When they can't think up something new to tell, it's time to quit. I guess the film makers are banking on nobody ever having watched the programme before.

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  10. I never found them to be all that tasty. ;)

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  11. Why has it been Shark Week for like twenty seven days now? I find just about everything interesting, but one week seems like more than enough for something called shark week.

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  12. Sharks are good eating. Steaks, shark burgers, shark bacon, you name it. I have been petioting McDonalds for a fillet of shark, but have been unsuccessful so far. Maybe thats what we'er getting already. Taco Bell might consider a shark taco.

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  13. I was in college to become a marine biologist but the book, not the movie, Jaws scared me out of the water. Am not proud of that and had it not happened, I could have been one of those high paid scientists on that cool boat. Sigh.
    You make a great point about lightening.

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  14. That Crocodile guy always claimed to be doing research, too, but it looked like he was just finding out what happened when you pulled a wild animal's tail or poked it with a stick.

    Wth sharks, it's all fun and games until they form a sharknado. Based on my extensive research, those things are getting more and more common.

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  15. So where do I have to send an email to get "gator week" on TV???

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  16. That's funny and probably true: research to gather footage for the all-important Shark Week! I just watched Jaws on Netflix last week and loved it as much as I have every other time I've watched it.

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