Sunday, August 12, 2012, was the premiere for Discovery network’s Shark Week 2012, which is celebrating its 25 year anniversary. The program films sharks all over the world including the Caribbean. For example, in March, they spent almost a month filming in Eleuthera (in the Bahamas). I have never seen the program, but what I find most interesting is that this year, Shark Week is supporting three conservationist organizations dedicated to protecting sharks: Oceana, the Pew Environment Group, and Shark Savers. See more on Shark Week (from the Huffington Post) here:
What should exhausted Olympics fans do now that the summer games are over? Gear up for the 25th anniversary of Discovery network’s “Shark Week,” of course! The network kicked off the week of festivities and specials with “Air Jaws Apocalypse” (Sun. 9 p.m. ET on Discovery). It may sound like a Syfy Saturday original movie — and if it wasn’t in development before, it probably is now — but the dramatically named special was about researchers catching the most epic shots of great white sharks. Specifically, they were hoping to grab footage of the great whites leaping from the water to catch seals. Boy, did they! Click here to see more photos of the great whites filmed in the special from HuffPost Green.
For the anniversary, Discovery has partnered with some conservationists in an effort to educate as well as entertain. The hope is to provide exciting programming, while spreading a message of conservation about these largely misrepresented — but still dangerous — predators.
For more information, see http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/08/13/shark-week-2012-air-jaws-apocalypse-video_n_1772142.html, http://dsc.discovery.com/tv-shows/shark-week/videos/filming-sharks-then-and-now.htm and http://dsc.discovery.com/tv/shark-week/
Photo of Caribbean reef sharks in the Bahamas (by Andy Murch) from http://www.scubadiving.com/article/other/mild-and-wild-exploring-bahamas-eleuthera-and-exuma