Shark Week 2018: Shaq Does Shark Week

a lot of Shaq but not much in the way of sharks…


One of the three brand new shows that premiered on the opening night of Shark Week 2018 features Shaquille O’Neill ‘facing his fear of sharks‘ by diving with them. Yeah that’s literally all it is.


Episode Description:

Science, Documentary, Nature

Former NBA basketball player Shaquille O’Neill strives to overcome his fear of sharks with the help of comic Rob Riggle, a retires us Marine Corp reserve officer who helps train him at Atlantis paradise island for the big plunge.”



Apparently this year Discovery decided to go for “funny”, instead of downright lies, for its new Shark Week programming. I guess in a way that’s an improvement over things like Megalodon lives.


But as you’ll see, this is not a scientific show or a documentary. Contrary to how it is categorized. You can certainly enjoy watching it if you like Shaq, but it really isn’t about sharks, or science, or anything really.


This is a shark themed Shaq show.




There are a huge number of advertisements and perhaps only 30 minutes of actual program. The things is though, not all of them are traditional advertisements. The show itself seems to be an advertisement. During the show you’ll notice that it features a good portion of Atlantis resorts shots and talks about it in glowing terms… because apparently it’s an advertisement for them.



Child Safe

Your young children will likely love the humor style of the show and it does appear fairly safe for children… but as just mentioned, there are A LOT of advertisements.



Sharks Featured


The Caribbean Reef Shark

The Caribbean reef shark (Carcharhinus perezii) is a species of requiem shark, belonging to the family Carcharhinidae. It is found in the tropical waters of the western Atlantic Ocean from Florida to Brazil, and is the most commonly encountered reef shark in the Caribbean Sea. With a robust, streamlined body typical of the requiem sharks, this species is difficult to tell apart from other large members of its family such as the dusky shark (C. obscurus) and the silky shark (C. falciformis). Distinguishing characteristics include dusky-colored fins without prominent markings, a short free rear tip on the second dorsal fin, and tooth shape and number.

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The Nurse Shark

The nurse shark (Ginglymostoma cirratum) is an elasmobranch fish within the family Ginglymostomatidae. They are directly targeted in some fisheries and considered as bycatch in others. The conservation status of the nurse shark is globally assessed as being data deficient in the IUCN List of Threatened Species owing to the lack of information across its range in the eastern Pacific Ocean and eastern Atlantic Ocean.[2] They are considered to be a species of least concern in the United States and in The Bahamas, but considered to be near threatened in the western Atlantic Ocean because of their vulnerable status in South America and reported threats throughout many areas of Central America and the Caribbean

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And as a closing note, claspers aren’t exactly penises. They do channel sperm to female sharks but they are not the exact equivalent to what humans think of as penises.

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