'Shark Week' Isn't Just Misguided, It's Downright Dangerous

August 12, 2014 8:38 PM

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Look, we get it. Sharks are pretty effing cool; the Discovery Channel has been reminding us every year since 1988, just in case we ever forgot. Shark Week has achieved cultural holiness and has led to a public mania about the deep's fearsome predators. Sharks have so permeated our collective consciousness that it seems everybody wants to be a shark. Plus, if we said we never thought about what it would be like if Rob Lowe actually rode sharks, we would be lying. But if you turn on Shark Week this summer, be careful. There's a lot of pseudoscience and straight-up nonsense floating around in the airwaves.

Keep an eye out for programs like "Shark of Darkness," or more specifically, keep an eye out for their disclaimers. "Shark of Darkness" opens with this disclaimer about the 35-foot shark known as "Submarine:"

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