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.
A video purporting to showing some fishermen encountering a shark off Wolfe Island in Lake Ontario was recently posted to YouTube. The video has been making the social media rounds and drumming up all kinds of online arguing about the “shark” seen in the video. The video even drew concern from Canada’s Minister of Natural Resources and Forestry, Bill Mauro. However, it would seem all the hype was for naught, unless you count the publicity it has generated for Shark Week 2014.
According to Canada’s Global News, it turns out that the video is actually part of the marketing campaign for Discovery’s upcoming week of shark programming and is nothing more than a PR stunt. According to a press release from Discovery, a ‘life-like’ prosthetic shark was used for the video.
Discovery Channel’s 2013 edition of Shark Week has gotten off on the wrong fin in the eyes of some viewers. Last night’s “Megalodon: The Monster Shark Lives” has drummed up a lot of negative buzz in the online world. Discovery’s Facebook page is loaded with comparisons to last year’s faux documentary “Mermaids: The Body Found,” which also caught a lot of heat online. Others are referring to the show as “The Blair Shark Project” in reference to the 1999 “Blair Witch Project.” Reddit shark fans also expressed disappointment and threatened to boycott Shark Week.
It seems some viewers are disappointed with Discovery’s latest offering would prefer to see ‘real-life’ documentaries as opposed to fictionalized storytelling being pawned off in documentary fashion. Complaints about the disclaimer at the beginning of the show being “unreadable” have some referring to the show as a farce. Rich Juzwiak at Gawker refers to the disclaimer as ‘too-fast-to-read.’
Did you watch “Megalodon: The Monster Shark Lives?” If so, sound off in the comments about what you thought of the show and Discovery’s decision to include a “mockumentary” in the Shark Week line-up.
Tonight on Discovery’s Shark Week, “Shark Fight” will focus on a group of shark attack survivors who have taken up the cause of shark conservation. “Shark Fight” will focus on these survivors and their stories of recovery, as well as their current efforts to raise awareness about shark conservation issues, including long-line fishing, shark finning, and by-catch.
“Adrift: 47 Days with Sharks” follows the dramatic true story of three World War II airmen who became stranded in the Pacific after their plane went down. Two of the three men survived the ordeal, while being confined to life raft in open water for 47 days. The men were subjected to the dangers of exposure, thirst, hunger, and enemy fire, but they were also situated in a raft surrounded by sharks. It’s Shark Week after all, so you can expect the sharks to be at the center of the drama in this telling of the tale of survival.
While most of this year’s Shark Week programming has strayed from horror movie style re-enactments, it looks like “Adrift: 47 Days with Sharks” features at least some flashes of this type of drama, so if you’ve been missing that aspect of Shark Week, so far, perhaps this one will be right up your alley.
The true story has also been told in Laura Hillenbrand’s “Unbroken” and in the words of Louis Zamperini (one of the survivors) in “Devil at My Heels.”