Caitlin Rickard: Shark... wait for it... Week

This week is going to be a great week. You might wonder why I think that or how I know, and my answer is simple.
Aug 6, 2013
Caitlin Rickard is a staff writer with The Democrat. Email her at crickard@lebanondemocrat.com or follow her on Twitter @wilsonnewswritr.

This week is going to be a great week. You might wonder why I think that or how I know, and my answer is simple.

It’s Shark Week.

Yes, it’s that time of the year again when children and adults alike explode with unadulterated joy at the thought of spending seven whole days completely glued to the TV in an underwater frenzy. And hey, it’s actually pretty educational, so it’s a win-win.

Head my warning though- there are bandwagon Shark Week fans out there who love to post things on Twitter like “don’t talk to me it’s Shark Week,” and switch it to the Discovery Channel only to be bored to tears or completely uninterested in the beauty at hand- I’m not one of those people.

If you’re a true Shark Week fan you basically plan you’re whole summer around this week and you wouldn’t dare go to the actual ocean on a beach trip when Discovery Channel is at your beckon call for any and everything shark and underwater related for seven glorious days.

Most people don’t know this but Shark Week has actually been airing since the 1980s and there are more than 150 episodes over 25 seasons that Discovery Channel has the leisure of replaying at anytime. So if you have the time and you’re open minded, you can sit back, relax and enjoy an enlightening loop of episodes on one of the world’s most feared creatures.

Every year it seems like this week gets a little bigger and a little better with more people catching on and an array of different audiences being drawn in. In the past, featured hosts for the week have even included celebrities like Mike Rowe, Craig Ferguson and Andy Samberg.

A lot of you are probably think “big deal” or “sharks are scary” or something ridiculous and ignorant. But the point of Shark Week (initially, at least) was to raise awareness and respect for these animals.

Now, Shark Week is raved about for it high definition features of attacks and feedings or profiles of now-infamous sharks like “Megalodon.”

I’ll admit, after watching the Megalodon documentary, and most shark documentaries in general, I immediately swore off beaches… and water… and boats. Who knew that over a million years ago there were sharks more than 50-feet long cruising around the oceans? Alas, as I stated, it was millions of years in the past and the documentary that premiered Sunday turned out to be fake.

However you slice it, pun intended, it’s a fun and interesting week that adds a nice change of pace to your normal viewing pleasures of television and highly recommended by yours truly.

Caitlin Rickard is a staff writer with The Democrat. Email her at crickard@lebanondemocrat.com or follow her on Twitter @wilsonnewswritr.

 

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