With apologies to Christmas and the first day of the NHL season, we’re fast approaching the best day of the year. July 31…queue the JAWS music. Yes, it’s…SHARK WEEK!!!
We’ve come a long way in 22 seasons. When Shark Week first aired in 1987, it was pretty much about shark porn, aka, sharks are scary and they’ll kill you the first chance they get, to get people glued to the TV. And many observers agree that 2009 was the low point (available on DVD as the Jaws of Steel collection). Today? Shark Week still pushes shark porn to sell DVDs. But…they’re getting better. Look at this line up of shark conservation related episodes and you see that they at least appear to understand that sharks are seriously being killed off in stupid ways and for stupid reasons (although it doesn’t look like these videos will get any air time other than on the website). Shark porn sells, but at least some viewers have a better idea what’s happening to our finned friends (and that SHARKS…DO…NOT…EAT…PEOPLE).
So yes, Shark Week is once again upon us. Enjoy it. Look past the whole Great White Invasion!! hooplah (as estimates suggest there are less than 3000 great whites left, and great white sharks are now more rare than tigers), and check out some of their conservation related videos. Enjoy the live shark webcam set up at Georgia Aquarium. Peruse the shark news and the educational tools. Enjoy Shark Week folks.