It’s The FINal Countdown…

I’m running out of time. I don’t know when she will be here or what she has planned for me. All I know for certain is that my time with the sharks is at an end. She’s coming…

My sister.

She’s taking me on a mini vacation! And although this means I have to cut my Shark Week short, and I have to finish bingeing the shows when I get home, this doesn’t mean my weekend will be shark free. She’s promised to take me to Ripley’s Aquarium!!!

“This is the last picture I’ll be asked to pose for, right mom?”

Sharks! With Tracy Morgan: This was essentially a reboot of the Sharkadelic Summer format. And although I appreciate Tracy Morgan’s love and appreciation for sharks, I do worry about the tanks and aquariums in his home after learning about the dark side of the tank market in Island of the Walking Sharks. Can Tracy Morgan please confirm or deny if his sharks were ethically obtained?

5 out of 10 Gold Chains

Shark House: Dickie Chivell is insane and I love it! I remember when he was just a weird kid tagging along on Air Jaws, and now he’s getting his own specials and doing crazy things for shark research and conservation. Is there anything Dickie won’t do?

10 out of 10 Plastic Cannaries

Monster Mako Under the Rig: Interesting concept, but not a lot actually happened. I get the feeling that scientists are trying to learn much more about makos, but there isn’t necessarily enough information to warrant multiple mako themed Shark Week Specials. When will we see a substantially scientific shark show on makos?

6 out of 10 Maverick Makos

Tiger Queen: Again, great concept – examining why there is segregation between male and female tiger sharks – but not a lot happened. There was some gorgeous footage, and some interesting science, but the show fell flat for me. But now I wonder, is this kind of gendered segregation present in other shark species?

7 out of 10 Unexpectedly Large Hammerheads

The Great Hammerhead Stakeout: This Discovery+ exclusive from last year is a precursor to this year’s Shark House but with hammerheads instead of great whites, and without that special touch from Dickie Chivell. I am a huge fan of Tristan Gutteridge’s work with hammerheads, but the concept of an underwater tent just isn’t as intense now that I’ve seen the shark house. With the tent and now the shark house, will we start to see more underwater housing for Shark Week researchers hoping to uncover the mysteries of the ocean?

8 out of 10 Underwater Tea Parties

Rogue Tiger Shark: The Hunt for Lagertha: When a shark allegedly goes rogue, I do think it’s important to have these kinds of episodes and expeditions. Rather than fear mongering and saying that sharks are killers, it is so much more useful to study the shark’s behaviour to uncover why they are a danger to humans. Can sharks and humans ever successfully coexist?

8 out of 10 Silvertip Sharks

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