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Discovery’s ‘Shark of Darkness: Wrath of Submarine’ draws criticism for being just awful

Aug.13, 2014 at 2:33 pm, under Opinions in the media

Much like last year’s mockumentary “Megalodon: The Monster Shark Lives”, Discovery Channel’s first episode of this year’s Shark Week has come under fire for it’s fictional account of “Submarine,” a giant man-eating great white shark with roots in a South African urban legend. “Shark of Darkness: Wrath of Submarine” plays out like a documentary, though it’s actually just an account of fictional events, plagued with less-than-convincing acting and special effects, in the eyes of many viewers.

Twitter was lit up with disgruntled viewers on Sunday night when the episode premiered, and numerous online media outlets have since voiced their distaste in Discovery’s decision to peddle out another faux “documentary.”

In Discovery’s defense, the show did contain the following vague disclaimer.

Events have been dramatized, but many believe Submarine exists to this day.

While most viewers realized from the get-go that this is a piece of fiction, others bought into it as a real-life account of a ‘monster shark’ with an appetite for humans. “Submarine” was noted to have an “insatiable taste for human blood,” and had adapted methods to attack humans more efficiently.

Is this really the kind of message Discovery Channel should be sending its viewers about sharks?


You can check some other opinions about Shark of Darkness by following the links below.

Atlantic White Shark Conservancy’s “We Need to Talk about Shark Week.”

Vox’s “Shark Week is once again making things up”

Gawker’s “Shark Week Returns With Its Lies”

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PBS digital short: “What if There Were No Sharks?”

Aug.11, 2014 at 3:36 pm, under Shark Videos

The latest episode of the PBS digital short series “It’s Okay To Be Smart” focuses on the important that sharks play in the environment and ponders the question of what would happen if there were no more sharks. During the video a counter representing an estimated number of sharks killed runs to give the viewer an idea of the rate at which sharks are being killed off. For a relatively quick watch, the video does a decent job at summarizing the value that sharks have in the world.

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Video: great white shark encounter off Ocean City, MD

Aug.05, 2014 at 2:07 pm, under Shark Videos

YouTube user Aaron Caplan documented an encounter with an adult white shark (Carcharodon carcharias) 6 miles off the coast of Ocean City, MD. According to the video description, the shark was estimated at 13′-15′ in length and remained around the boat for approximately an hour. The shark mouthed the boat and engine before eating a chum bag. Caplan and his boatmates fed the shark a yellowfin tuna (Thunnus albacares) carcass, and then it left the area.

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NatGeo Wild to provide alternative to Shark Week with Sharkfest

Aug.05, 2014 at 12:06 pm, under Shark Videos

For viewers looking for an alternative to Discovery’s Shark Week, NatGeo Wild will be airing its own week of shark programming. Sharkfest promises “no fuss, no muss, just killer episodes.” Critics of some the programming of Discovery’s Shark Week, which include a follow-up to the faux documentary exploring the theory that the extinct C. Megalodon might still roam today’s ocean, might find Sharkfest’s programming choices to be a refreshing change of pace.

Sharkfest starts August 10 at 8PM on NatGeo Wild.

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United Arab Emirates bans shark finning

Jul.30, 2014 at 5:35 pm, under Shark Conservation, Shark News Stories

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UAE bans shark finning

According to a report by Emirates 24/4, The United Arab Emirates (UAE) has issued a measure to ban shark finning. In addition to the ban on finning, the measure will also make it illegal to hunt sharks within 5 nautical miles of the UAE shores and 3 nautical miles of from the shores of UAE’s islands.

The measure was issued by UAE Minister of Environment and Water, Rashid bin Fahd. It will be enforced beginning September 1, 2014.

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