Great Barracuda - Sphyraena barracuda

Great Barracuda - Sphyraena barracuda

July 30, 2010

Shark Week Redux

I never much partook of Shark Week. The sensationalism, the hype, the misinformation, and the spread of fear turned me off. I'd watch long enough to become disgusted by the scary music, the bloody shark carcasses, the 'shark attack' stories. But, I may take a look this coming week only because Oceana has partnered with the Discovery Channel to promote education and conservation of these maligned animals. It's about time. Shark Week has done little else, in my opinion, than perpetuate the 'Jaws' mentality. With a viewing audience in the millions, Shark Week can either do a great deal or harm, or a great deal of good. The times they are a changin'!

Redux Update:
Well, I think I was duped. Sunday's show was mostly informational and based on valid research. But, Monday and Tuesday were more of the same: blood, gore, creepy music, retelling the past, sensationalism. Don't get me wrong...I wouldn't wish a shark bite on anyone. But, let's not forget, sharks do not prey on humans. Most cases are due to mistaken identity. And, who in their right mind attracts sharks to their feet and is surprised one takes a bite? Last year there were, 61 confirmed cases of sharks biting humans. And, last year, there were approximately 100,000,000 sharks killed by humans. Ugh. Two more nights of viewing. I'm not holding my breath.

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