How Shark Week screws scientists
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Discoverys Shark Week reached an important milestone this week: it hit an all-time ratings high, which the network partially attributes to an increase in female viewership. But instead of receiving acclaim, Discovery is getting pummeled by the media. A sample of recent headlines include “Shark Week is once again making things up,” “Shark Week isnt just misguided, its downright dangerous,” and “More Sharknado than Science.” Of course, this isnt the first time Shark Week has experienced backlash for its negative portrayal of sharks and its tendency to rely on fiction rather than fact, as last years Megalodon documentary was widely trashed for suggesting that extinct sharks still roam Earth’s waters.
But this year feels different,…