Shark Week, Hooray! Not.

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Shark Week Is Lying To People Again

Almost 40 years on, scientists and conservationists are still picking up the pieces from the iconic movie “Jaws” that led the world to believe that sharks are ferocious man eaters. Sparked by fear and the idea that shark catching is “sexy,” numerous species experienced a worrying decline as man started to belligerently hunt and kill them. So why is it that, once again, the Discovery Channel is helping to perpetuate the ridiculous idea that sharks are savage, cold-blooded killers with scaremongering “mockumentaries” during their famous Shark Week? Shouldn’t this week be about dispelling myths about sharks, not creating new ones?

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