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?