Annoyed by Fake Shark Documentaries? Here's A Double Helping Of Reality

Well, Shark Week has done it again. "Shark of Darkness: Wrath of Submarine," about a mythical 30-foot great white prowling South African waters, is another fake documentary. As an antidote, each day this week we'll be sharing videos about sharks that contain actual facts.


In four minutes and forty-nine seconds, Joe Hanson's video about what would happen in a world without sharks contains more actual science than the entire fake-u-mentary that aired last night.

If that doesn't seem like enough reality to counter the effects of last night's nonsense, then here's a second helping of elasmobranch science. The Brain Scoop's Emily Graslie tells us why sharks are so interesting anyway and why we're a bigger threat to them than they are to us.


As much as I applaud proper education and conservation efforts, I'm always a bit peeved when the hosts say something like, "we don't have anything to fear from sharks in the ocean."

Dude, I have things to fear from staircases. I'm not about to avoid them or replace them or just buy a single-level home, but I'm also not going to be skipping up and down with a blindfold on them either. I understand reducing fears would aid conservation, but we live in a society where people will actually say aloud, "so what if it's a 20-foot predator? That dude from PBS said I have nothing to fear!"