in some ways, the Shark Week obsession makes sense. it's almost like a safistic fascination with horror stories of surfer boys, children, marine bilogists, or fishermen turning into chopped liver. it's one of those so disgusting but can't stop looking type gigs.
... i cannot get enough.
Shark week is not only about the gory stories though. it also is very very informative. i see shark week as a chance to shed light on the difficulties faced by sharks in the wild. for instance, did you know that more than 100 million sharks are killed around the world each year by commercial fishing. also that sharks alongside crocodiles are the world's oldest living animals believed to be older than dinosaurs? they've been on this planet for billions of years.
Not only that but let's face it.. sharks are awesome. I mean, how many other people know that sharks have five 15 rows of teeth in each jaw? Or that a lot of weird things have been found inside sharks, such as a nail, a bottle of wine, a treasure chest, coats, a suit of armor, a drum and a torpedo. Oh and a question: What is more dangerous to people - a shark or a wasp/bee? Answer: wasp/bee!! Every year, 100 people die from wasp or bee stings, yet hundreds of millions of people go swimming, and sharks kill only about six people worldwide. Only about 25 sharks have been known to actually attack people. Every year, people kill thousands of sharks. They are killed for food, oil, skins and sport.
Here are some other things i learned from shark week 2011...
a:: the way sharks breathe is by ram ventilation, a process that forces water into their mouths and then processes it as they swim forward.
b:: it's a shark-eat-shark world ...parents sometimes eat their embroyos and even the babies, once they develop teeth they eat their brothers and sisters who are not yet developed. . yuck!! it's called intrauterine cannibalism. i'll never forget. haha
c:: Every once in a while, a female shark can reproduce without any contact from a male, an act known as parthenogenesis. Scientists have only documented a couple of cases of parthenogenesis, but some suspect that just about any female shark can get pregnant on her own in the right circumstances. (More on virgin shark births.)
here are some interesting links if you would like to jump on the bandwagon and wait all year for shark week 2012 !!! :D
About Shark Week: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Shark_Week