Discovery Channel’s ‘Shark Week’ Continues To Instill Fear, Educate

[ 0 ] August 2, 2011 |

The 24th edition of shark week on the Discovery Channel displays some of the world’s most terrifying creatures at their hungriest

Discovery Channel commenced its 24th annual Shark Week Sunday, featuring 24/7 coverage of the fish that have inspired so much fear around the globe since the release of the movie “Jaws” in 1975.

The public’s insatiable appetite for all things shark granted the network a new ratings record last year when 30.8 million people tuned in.

As usual, the message is the same: though great white sharks are capable of inflicting massive damage to humans, they aren’t the only sharks that pose a threat; but no sharks are out to get humans, if we leave them alone, we’ll usually be fine. Shark attacks are extremely rare – there are usually between 70 and 100 reported shark attacks each year – but the gruesome images and stories of attacks are what people remember.

Of course, the drama of Shark Week isn’t in the simple message that sharks aren’t fond of human fresh. The programming that resonates with viewers is the hair-raising footage of shows like the new “Rogue Sharks,” which debuted Monday night and examined whether some sharks simply “go rogue” and develop a taste for humans, and the ever-popular “Air Jaws,” which features Great Whites throttling up from the depths of the sea and out of the water to snatch seals from the surface as blood gushes all around.

Shark Week continues through Friday evening with all-new programming beginning each night at 9 p.m.

Reporting by Kevin Baumer

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