Starting last summer, my sister and I became obsessed with Discovery Channel’s annual Shark Week. This year we begin with a Shark Week Viewing Party, a gathering of our family to watch the first episode: Air Jaws: Fins of Fury while munching on Sour Patch Kids and Swedish Fish. This program will be a continuation from last year’s hunt to find Colossus, the mega-shark that is possibly roaming the oceans. (Check out the full lineup of shows this week here.)
One of my favorite parts of Shark Week 2013 was the traumatic commercial of “Snuffy the Seal.” It features Snuffy the seal, a recently rescued seal, who is being placed back into the ocean when a Great White Shark jumps out of the water and snatches him. While tragic, the advertisement is also hilarious especially with the catch phrase for the week being “It’s a bad week to be a seal.”
For the Shark Week fanatic, there is now plenty of shark paraphernalia for you to show off your pride. There are hundreds of nail designs to find on the internet, t-shirts to buy, jewelry to wear, and even bow ties, high heels, and shark costumes for babies. I’ll admit that I bought my sister and I matching Jaws tank tops from Forever 21, but I have yet to buy a shark costume although I wouldn’t be surprised if I have one next year. The best part about Shark Week for me is that it gives me a time to bond with my sister over something as silly as painting our nails blue, wearing matching tank tops and fan-girling over the idea of Megalodon, a prehistoric 60-foot shark rumored to still exist.
Throughout the week, the shows are a great way to increase your adrenaline and prevent you from ever going to the beach again. However, they are also a testament to the hardworking marine biologists and researchers who devote many years of their lives to studying the mysterious creatures. I applaud Discovery Channel for creating such a fantastic idea such as Shark Week that distributes information on these beautiful endangered creatures in a way that simultaneously frightens and fascinates us.