For those of you who don’t know me or if you’ve just been hiding under a rock for the last five days, Sunday kicked off the best week of the entire year–Discovery Channel’s Shark Week.
This year’s Shark Week has featured some old classics (Top Ten Deadliest, Air Jaws) but has had some new gems as well. Last night’s new programming featured highlights from the Summer of the Shark in 2001–it was an interesting look back on one of the most memorable summers of the last ten years, but ended on a sad note.
Tonight’s new show looks to be pretty amazing, with a feature on the white sharks of South Africa and their preferred diets. Unfortunately I will be on a roadtrip to the great state of Iowa tonight and will miss the debut of Great White Appetite…I’m actually quite upset about it, but I’ll try to refrain from a lament.
What I really wanted to write about in this blog is how amazing sharks are. I’ll try to keep from ranting. After 400 million years of evolution, sharks have truly developed into one of the world’s most efficient and powerful predators. Sharks are highly intelligent and have six extremely powerful senses (one more than you have) to help them seek out their preferred prey (which does not include you) and flourish in the harsh underwater environment in which they live.
If you’re ever wondering what to get me as a gift, please consider a trip to South Africa to cage dive with white sharks off Dyer Island and dive the Aliwal Shoal. You’re more than welcome to come with me.