“Live every week like it’s shark week.” Tracy Jordan, 30 Rock.
Every year, Discovery Channel comes up with new and increasingly high-tech ways to celebrate our favorite predator; the shark. (On their Facebook page: “Jawesome since 1988.”) This year, you can join live interactive events on your iPad and iPhone. And don’t forget Shark Cam, a live feed (literally–they feed the sharks) from the Georgia Aquarium. The summer hijinks start July 31st on Discovery with new programming in prime time all week. First up; “New Great White Invasion” and “Jaws Comes Home.”
You can also gorge yourself on past programs starting Sunday morning and running all day and much of the week. Don’t miss: The two-part Mythbusters classic “Jaws Special,” where Jamie and Adam put Jaws shark myths to the test. See Buster punching sharks like a wimp, and Jamie punching sharks butch like Hemingway.
Also worth checking out: Oceans of Fear: Worst Shark Attacks–the USS Indianapolis. Turns out Quint’s monologue in Jaws is fairly accurate. Well, that part about a shark having ‘lifeless eyes, black eyes, like a doll’s eyes’ isn’t covered here. But the harrowing, nightmarish tale of the soldiers who floated for over three days in the shark-infested water, waiting for help that wasn’t even scheduled to come, is vividly depicted.
Don’t be afraid of the water. At least when it’s on TV. And do live every week like it’s Shark Week, but especially this coming week.
Next up on Devlin’s blog: My Origin Story Part 3: Fits and Starts