New England Great Whites and More on Shark Week

That special time of year is fast approaching.  That’s right, Shark Week is only a month and a half away.  There’s been some debate over the continued educational benefit of Shark Week, especially after the terrible 2009 season where the programming was dominated by attack shows, but the impact of Shark Week cannot be denied.  This year’s programming has been announced on Underwater Times, and it looks to add a little more diversity to the lineup.

Hopefully the emphasis this year is more on the how fascinating sharks are rather than how terrifying they can be, and some of the new shows look promising.  Perhaps the coolest new program is “Jaws Comes Home,” which, for the first time I can think of, focuses on great whites of the Atlantic.  That’s right, after years of documentaries on Carcharodon carcharias populations in Australia, South Africa, and California, our very own New England great whites finally get their 15 minutes of fame.  I know I’ll be tuning in for that one.  Maybe next year will feature the mighty spiny dogfish?

 

4 comments

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  2. Sara · June 7, 2011

    Hey moron,

    Either the show can’t focus on New England’s Great White, or you are incredibly remiss in mentioning the producers’ own negligence on featuring Jaws’ actual home.

    You’re glaring inadequacies as both a shark scientist and a boyfriend (didn’t your girlfriend live <1 minute from Spring Lake?) have led me spitefully delight in the mass hysteria and Fynchings of 1916.

    • Chuck · June 7, 2011

      Jaws might be based on the Jersey maneater, but the movie itself was filmed in Martha’s Vineyard and took place on a fictional island off of Long Island. Which is probably what the producers were going for with the name of the show. Plus the Jersey shark attacks (or at least the ones in Matawan Creek) were likely done by a bull shark while a great white took the blame. I do like how you coined the term “fynching.”

      That said, you’ve inspired me to come up with a post on shark in New Jersey. Never let it be said that you’ve never inspired me.

  3. Sara · June 7, 2011

    Whatever. There’s no edit option for comment typos. You have no excuse. Still a moron.