July 22, 2018

SUFB 512: 30th Anniversary of Shark Week Kickoff with Dr. David Shiffman

SUFB 512: 30th Anniversary of Shark Week Kickoff with Dr. David Shiffman

Shark Week has been running for 29 years and this year will be its 30th year running as it had educated, inspired, scared and trick many people over its tenure. Shark Week seeks to educate and entertain; however, 3 years ago, Discovery (the company...


Shark Week has been running for 29 years and this year will be its 30th year running as it had educated, inspired, scared and trick many people over its tenure. Shark Week seeks to educate and entertain; however, 3 years ago, Discovery (the company who puts on Shark Week) focused more in the entertainment rather than the education. 

There was a period of a few years where the programming focused more on fake documentaries rather than education on sharks. For example, the was a program that said the megalodon existed and was targeting humans. Discovery barely told the audience that the episode was fake. It caused a lot of fear and a lot of anger from shark biologists, such as Dr. David Shiffman.

David joins me on the program today to discuss the 30-year Legacy of Shark Week as we discuss the good, the bad and the ugly parts of that legacy. We also go through some of the interesting previews of this week's programming. Finally, we discuss our favourite shows over the past couple for years (as Discover got their act together) and some of the show we would like to see based on new research. 

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