Shark Week BS

From io9

Discovery Channel’s “Shark Week” is misleading the public again this year with several documentaries. So why are scientists allowing themselves to be featured in these pseudoscience disasters? There’s a simple reason: Shark Week producers have been lying to them.


Emphasis mine, and I’m pretty sure I’ve said this already… But Discovery’s deceptive practices are really beginning to bug me.
I thought last year’s poor behavior might have been a fluke…
But now it seem that this is now how they’re choosing to operate.

First Prime Time Show of Shark Week

Shark of Darkness: Submarine Returns

The first show of 2014’s shark week was a lot like 2013’s.

It starts out with a boat sinking. Over and over again you watch this boat sink. People scream. People are supposedly eaten by a “shark”.

Of course that shark isn’t real and all the footage is completely make believe.  Megalodon was a fake. The footage of Submarine was digitally created.

Once again Discovery has decided that a disclaimer in the beginning of the show that explains nothing is an appropriate way to display make believe shows that actively portray themselves as not make believe. You cannot even tell when they’re lying or when they’re actually trying to prove their point. Discovery didn’t bother to point out what was real evidence of Submarine and what was a mockup.

It’s like the Discovery Channel got stuck in the 80’s, with their obsession with sharks killing humans…

I’m sorry Discovery Channel, but our generation seem to have outgrown you.

We want to learn about sharks, see their beauty, see things we’ve never seen before… Not obsess over the remote possibility of being attacked by a shark.

It was just… so crappy I don’t even know what to tell you folks.

Shark Week 2014

Shark Week is back on Discovery starting August 10th and it looks absolutely terrible.
Besides playing the exact same reruns during the day as last year… Discovery’s new content isn’t exactly new. It’s the same sort of nonsense as last years atrocious Shark Week. “Look a big shark. Look a shark bit somebody. THEY GOT TEETH OH MY”

If you were looking to hear new stuff about frilled sharks or even just learn a little tidbit you hadn’t known before, Shark Week ain’t gonna help you. You’d probably be better off with Nat Geo Wild.

On a positive note though, there is one episode in the shark week lineup that might just get your nature juices going… Keep an eye out for Alien Sharks Return to the Abyss.

2014 Shark Week Lineup

Lair of the Mega Shark “famed shark experts Jeff Kerr and Andy Casagrande head to New Zealand on a life-or-death mission to investigate the sightings of a 20 foot Great White”

Zombie Sharks “explores tonic immobility, a catatonic zombie-like state that can be achieved in sharks.”

Alien Sharks Return to the Abyss “shark researcher Paul Clerkin heads to the Indian Ocean to investigate the ocean’s darkest depths”

Monster Hammerhead “explores a legendary hammerhead shark that has been patrolling Florida’s shores for the past 60 years.”

Great White Matrix “features legendary shark attack survivor Paul de Gelder and cameraman Andy Casagrande on an expedition into the deadly shark infested waters of Australia.”

Air Jaws ” In Air Jaws: Fins of Fury Natural History producer Jeff Kurr and his team return using incredible new cameras and high tech underwater gadgetry to track down the missing “mega-shark” named Colossus.”

Jaws Strikes Back “marine biologist Greg Skomal and the REMUS* SharkCam team travel to the remote Pacific island of Guadalupe to film the hunting behavior of the largest great white sharks on earth.”

I Escaped Jaws 2 “is a shark special featuring attack stories told from the perspective of the survivor.”

Shark of Darkness, Submarine Returns “explores the legend of “Submarine,” an enormous great white shark off the coast of South Africa. ”

To see the full list and descriptions, head over to Discovery’s Shark Week site.