Shark Week.

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    Aug 03, 2009 5:37 PM GMT
    Shark Week started last night on Discovery. Anyone else as excited about this as I am?? icon_biggrin.gif
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    Aug 03, 2009 8:00 PM GMT
    Heck yeah. Shark Week rules. And if you haven't seen it, check out Whale Wars(weekly show) on Animal Planet. Huge fan.
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    Aug 03, 2009 8:03 PM GMT
    I'm only excited if there will be a new MythBusters to go with it! Psych starts back this week, too.
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    Aug 03, 2009 10:34 PM GMT
    saguaroman saidHeck yeah. Shark Week rules. And if you haven't seen it, check out Whale Wars(weekly show) on Animal Planet. Huge fan.


    I'm incredibly addicted to Whale Wars as well.
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    Aug 03, 2009 10:46 PM GMT
    Yeah, I love these shows that try to convince us that sharks are really our friends and totally benign, while humans are being eaten left & right. Way to go, Discovery Channel! Are you underwritten by the tourist industry?
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    Aug 03, 2009 11:21 PM GMT
    Red_Vespa saidYeah, I love these shows that try to convince us that sharks are really our friends and totally benign, while humans are being eaten left & right. Way to go, Discovery Channel! Are you underwritten by the tourist industry?


    I don't know if <10 people dying every year from shark attacks counts as "being eaten left & right"
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    Aug 03, 2009 11:28 PM GMT
    Always remember, live every week like it's shark week!
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    Aug 03, 2009 11:29 PM GMT
    Marshi said
    Red_Vespa saidYeah, I love these shows that try to convince us that sharks are really our friends and totally benign, while humans are being eaten left & right. Way to go, Discovery Channel! Are you underwritten by the tourist industry?


    I don't know if <10 people dying every year from shark attacks counts as "being eaten left & right"

    I think the actual figures are quite a bit higher, along with non-fatal attacks. But that's the point: underplay the danger, because the reality would hurt the industries reliant upon tourists to seashores around the world.

    I actually looked into this some years ago, going back for at least 100 years, and seaside communities have long attempted to suppress information about shark attacks, as being bad for business. And why wouldn't they? A bit of scientific objectivity in this thing would be refreshing.
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    Aug 03, 2009 11:48 PM GMT
    Not to mention the over-fishing of shark that is pushing the species towards extinction as 100 million sharks are killed a year. The real idiots are those that host the shark tank dives and let tourists go down in the tanks or those that have the sharks nearby for you to pet. They actually chum the waters and encourage the sharks to come closer and closer to land. And in case you haven't heard about all the squid making their new home off of San Diego...one theory is that we have overfished their predators, sharks. Sharks should be revered and feared.
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    Aug 04, 2009 2:04 AM GMT
    Yep. I hope they dont get extinct. icon_wink.gif
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    Aug 04, 2009 3:09 AM GMT
    Blood in the Water, the story of the 1916 shark attacks in New Jersey, was really good.
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    Aug 04, 2009 3:20 AM GMT
    DODGY1974 saidBlood in the Water, the story of the 1916 shark attacks in New Jersey, was really good.


    Agreed.

    And Air Jaws has been amazing...sharks were terrifying enough before they stared propelling themselves out of the water.
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    Aug 04, 2009 3:25 AM GMT
    Is it wrong to want to see someone go water skiing around seal island....icon_eek.gif
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    Aug 04, 2009 3:51 AM GMT
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    DODGY1974 saidBlood in the Water, the story of the 1916 shark attacks in New Jersey, was really good.


    Agreed.

    And Air Jaws has been amazing...sharks were terrifying enough before they stared propelling themselves out of the water.


    Air Jaws is fucking fantastic! I love sharks even if they scare the shit out of me.

    I remember becoming fascinated with them after reading about in National Geographic and then seeing the special when Eugenie Clark (or maybe it was Valerie Taylor) tested one of the earliest chain mail bite suits. If I remember right, she got a hand sliced up pretty good when a Blue pulled her glove off. I also remember she had one catch her in the face and she ended up with the tip of a tooth permanently embedded in her jaw.
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    Aug 04, 2009 7:25 AM GMT

    Yeah, Shark Week definitely has bite.

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    Aug 04, 2009 7:28 AM GMT
    i watched.....just enforced my reasons not to go swimming in the ocean
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    Aug 04, 2009 7:56 AM GMT
    DODGY1974 saidBlood in the Water, the story of the 1916 shark attacks in New Jersey, was really good.


    Loved it! And the best part is I watched it at work... I'm a manager in an arcade on the jersey shore... oops icon_twisted.gif
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    Aug 04, 2009 8:02 AM GMT
    i totally watched tonight with the really cute guy swimming with the great whites... pretty awesome
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    Aug 04, 2009 10:00 AM GMT
    Red_Vespa said
    Marshi said
    Red_Vespa saidYeah, I love these shows that try to convince us that sharks are really our friends and totally benign, while humans are being eaten left & right. Way to go, Discovery Channel! Are you underwritten by the tourist industry?


    I don't know if <10 people dying every year from shark attacks counts as "being eaten left & right"

    I think the actual figures are quite a bit higher, along with non-fatal attacks. But that's the point: underplay the danger, because the reality would hurt the industries reliant upon tourists to seashores around the world.

    I actually looked into this some years ago, going back for at least 100 years, and seaside communities have long attempted to suppress information about shark attacks, as being bad for business. And why wouldn't they? A bit of scientific objectivity in this thing would be refreshing.


    I think I might know what you mean. Discovery Channel advocates understanding of sharks and their protection yet produce some programs on Shark Week based on a JAWS-like rogue shark that absolutely loves to eat people. It seems counterproductive.

    *Let's give lay(wo)men objective knowlegde about sharks, and then scare the crap out of then with stories like those along the Jersey Shore in 1916.*icon_rolleyes.gif

    **Sharks attack people--but they're just animals. Sharks could eat your children--but let's protect them**

    Once in life, for over ten years, I longed to be a Marine Biologist--though I have now changed career tracks. This was based on something that happened to me in 2nd grade--I saw "JAWS" for the first time. Rather than fearing sharks, I was attracted to them... and began watching Shark Week (often called Shark Bowl back then to mimic the Super Bowl).

    I think the greatest ideas to contemplate is that of the beliefs of the deceased Peter Benchley--author of the book, JAWS. He said he never would have written the book if he had knew all the harm that would come from it. People fear sharks rather than having a healthy respect for them. Benchly made millions I'm sure, yet, he'd give it all up. He realizes the unintended consequences of his book and became a adovcate for the preservation of shark speices.
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    Aug 04, 2009 10:48 AM GMT
    I stay out of the sea. I'd prefer not to be part of that food chain, thank you very much.

    It's the land sharks that scare me!

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    Aug 11, 2009 1:18 AM GMT
    DODGY1974 saidBlood in the Water, the story of the 1916 shark attacks in New Jersey, was really good.


    Yeah and I vacationed a few weeks ago less than a mile where the first attack occured in Beach Haven, NJ!