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“Shark Week” Continues Myths With Shark of Darkness

Submitted by on August 11, 2014 – 4:01 pmNo Comment

The Discovery Channel was once an educational network offering great scientific programs, and Shark Week was its most popular educational event of the year. But the channel has found success in “mockumentaries” that often fool audiences. In their program Shark of Darkness, which aired Sunday night, lines were blurred even further as the network completely fabricated evidence of a mythical giant white shark off of South Africa, while offering meek disclaimers.

Shark of Darkness claimed to present evidence of the existence of Submarine, a supposed giant Great White. In reality, Submarine is just an urban legend first created in the 1970′s.

“Its existence is highly controversial,” read a title card. “Events may have been dramatized, but many believe Submarine exists to this day.”

However, the program does not appear to have identified the “marine biologists” interviewed as actors, and not real scientific experts.

“A 30-foot great white? Nope. Not real,” tweeted David Shiffman, a Ph.D candidate in shark biology at the University of Miami and the man behind the popular Twitter account @WhySharksMatter. Shiffman, once a fan of Shark Week, has become one of its leading critics.

“Everyone who has worked on white sharks has seen their version of the Submarine, but it does not actually exist,” writes Michelle Wcisel, a zoologist trained in South Africa. “Think Loch Ness.”

A Discovery spokesperson avoided addressing Shiffman’s criticism, saying the important thing is “to get the word out about sharks.”

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