Post # 1
Just the commercials are bad enough with all the sharp teeth, etc. I realize that the creatures are “largely misunderstood” and that subject in itself is fascinating (if it were an audio presentation rather than video), hence the specials every year. But the way they are presented does nothing to help their image, nor does it calm the fears of anyone who might be hydrophobic.
Post # 3
Good point. Maybe if we gave it a shot and watched, we’d see the other side of it, but the “image” they present in the ads like you mentioned is still pretty scary! I think we’ll be staying away from that channel in our house this week because a.) Sharks are a legitimate threat to our safety given where we live and our lifestyle, so we are already kinda freaked out by the thought of them; and b.) SO has a major shark phobia! Poor dear, he talked himself into going on a “shark dive” last year to help him get over/face his fears, but he is admittedly terrified of the possibility of a shark attack whenever he is in the water. It’s too bad cause he’s a great surfer! 🙁
Post # 4
I love animals, but honestly…giving a whole week to one species a little crazy and there I do not have that kind of time. Besides all I hear about right now is “Shark Week” and I do not see the big deal at all!
Post # 5
Um…and lets talk about all the gore and attacks! I genuinely like learning about animals, including sharks, BUT there is no reason to talk about how this chick barely survived an attack when a shark almost ripped her arm off…SUPER! ARG…glad we don’t have cable anymore or else the hubs would watch it all.
Post # 6
Are you kidding me!!??! haha I love sharkweek its the best. It has become a yearly ritual of sorts to watch it. I love it when they show the sharks jumping out of the water to eat the seal even though I cry you definitely have to feel bad for the poor defenseless animal lol
Post # 7
I LOVE shark week! 😀 I watch it every year, but I love all animals. Now, if there was a SPIDER week…well…I probably wouldn’t watch that. 😛 We all have our own phobias and tastes. My husband hates snakes for instance, but thinks spiders are kind of cool. I’m the exact opposite. I hate spiders and think snakes are cool. I always wanted a pet snake.
Post # 8
ME! I don’t understand it! What is the fascination all about. I watched it 1 year about 10 years ago. That was it. Enough shark watching to last me a lifetime.
Post # 9
I LOVE Shark Week! But I also regularly watch the Discovery channel and the History channel, so I’m just a geek normally.
Post # 10
I was watching that program earlier today, and its is just theories being tested to get a better understanding and respect for this creatures.
They placed a fake torso (concotated of some animal parts) threw it into the water and the objective was to see at what speed and rate it takes the shark to detect prey. Came to the conclusion “TADA” that a shark moves its head left to right to sense its prey.
More research purpose than anything, but amazing to see the agility of jumping from the water to get their prey.
Post # 11
I’m actually very afraid of fish, so watching Shark Week isn’t high on my list of priorities, lol.
Post # 12
I don’t have a lot of phobias almost non except for a mild case of claustrophobia. I don’t get why watching it on TV would freak you out though. If anything I think it might help you see them in a different light. In any case I don’t watch it because it seems like it’s the same episodes every year! I do think it is very entertaining and informative!
Post # 13
@JennyChicago: I didn’t say I’m afraid of sharks, I’m afraid of fish. But, the shark episodes usually have fish swimming around somewhere and I don’t care to see them. And yes, even seeing them on TV freaks me out, one glance and my heart starts racing like I can’t even explain.
Post # 14
I usually don’t, but I saw something yesterday that interested me. This guy got in a plastic box to see if the shark would attack him. it didn’t. They did some fish in it, and the shark hit it with it’s tail and busted it. Pretty cool.
I don’t think all sharks are bad. Nurse sharks are nice, well I think. Snorkled with them one time and came back in one piece.LOL
Post # 15
I don’t watch the shows at all and I don’t even watch the previews. Yes they are interesting but I agree that they focus way too much on gore, etc. The last thing I want to see when I turn on the tv is the open mouth of a shark, and no the fact that it is on tv in a supposedly “safe” environment rather than real life makes no difference as far as the disturbance factor.