Its purpose is to protect sharks and correct misconceptions people have about sharks. Why sharks? Sharks are scary, powerful, and intriguing all at the same time.
The concept of Shark Week began in the 1980s when the idea was written on a cocktail napkin by Discovery employees having a drink at the bar. The special started in 1988 but became a hit immediately because of the “Jaws Effect.” The “Jaws Effect” refers to the national fear of sharks the 1975 movie Jaws caused, so it’s no surprise that Shark Week became so popular. In honor of Shark Week, here are five fascinating facts about sharks to get you started:
I hope you learned something new from these five facts. My jaw dropped to the floor when I learned about how long Greenland sharks live! At this point, sharks are so ingrained in our culture that we have an entire week dedicated to learning about them. How can you participate? You can donate to an organization like OCEARCH, which aims to protect sharks because they are essential to the world’s ecosystem. You can also follow tagged sharks in real-time worldwide at https://www.ocearch.org/tracker/. Lastly, you can learn more about sharks by watching Shark Week, reading a book, or visiting an aquarium. Happy Shark Week!