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Don’t Look Now, It’s Shark Week!
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Now in its 25th year, Shark Week has become a highly anticipated television event. For many, Shark Week is a chance to experience the terror of a shark attack from the comfort (and safety) of their reclining sofas.

One of the highlights of Shark Week is "Sharkzilla", premiering Monday, August 13, a team of engineers and paleontologists work together to recreate the largest shark to ever swim in our oceans: the mighty Megalodon. (See picture below.)  It will be followed by "Mythbusters' Jawsome Shark Special", during which hosts Adam Savage and Jamie Hyneman count down their 25 biggest shark myths.

Throughout its history, Shark Week's popularity has made it a positive force in the fight to save shark populations from widespread decimation. This year Discovery Networks has devoted a page on its website to sharing information about shark conservation.  Shark Week is also supporting three organizations dedicated to protecting sharks: Oceana, the Pew Environment Group, and Shark Savers. In addition, the following programs aired during Shark Week will be devoted to Shark Conservation:

  • "How Jaws Changed The World," Tuesday 8/14 at 9PM
  • "Shark Fight," Wednesday 8/15 at 9PM
  • "Great White Highway," Thursday 8/16 at 9PM

No need to be concerned that Shark Week has gone soft, though. The usual array of shark bite videos, shark attack stories, shark games, and puzzles can also be found on the  website, along with a live shark cam from the Georgia Aquarium's that will be available live throughout August.

Image Credit:Discovery Channel/Rahoul Ghose

Posted 12 Aug 2012 6:05 PM by Maria Sosa