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Discovery Announces Dates For 2008 Shark Week; Mythbusters, Survivorman, Dirty Jobs, Mysterious Shark Coast
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MIAMI, Florida -- Shark Week, summer television's must-see event, is back for its 21st year on Discovery Channel, from July 27 to August 1, 2008 at 9PM ET/PT.

Cable television's longest-running programming event will kick off Sunday, July 27 at 9PM ET/PT with the Mythbusters Shark Special. This two-hour special follows the MythBusters as they hit the deep blue to take a bite out of shark folklore. Among the myths tackled in this special: Are sharks repelled by magnets? Do dogs attract sharks? Do the vibrations caused by a flapping injured fish attract sharks? The show's climax features the construction of a 16 foot robo-shark.

Monday, July 28 will feature Surviving Sharks at 9 p.m., hosted by Survivorman’s Lee Shroud, and Day of the Shark at 10 p.m., a special chronicling real shark attacks.

Tuesday will kick off with the Dirty Jobs shark special and How Not to Become Shark Bait, which will give advice to help avoid becoming dinner when swimming in the ocean.

Thursday will bring Mysteries of the Shark Coast, profiling Australia’s northeastern coastline, home to more sharks than anywhere in the world, but where sharks are also disappearing at a rapid rate.

Throughout the week, Discovery will run public-service announcements for the Ocean Conservancy, educating viewers about threats facing sharks.

Last year's Shark Week was watched by 27.2 million viewers, the most successful Shark Week to date.

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Reader Comments

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I love shark wk. gone diving with sharks myself. Why not invite rob stewart of sharkwater fame for next yrs. show...more attacks are happening and I think he may be feeling the heat..dave mitchell
   comment# 1   - scubadave mitchell · belleville.ont can. · Jun 24, 2008 @ 12:22pm

dammit i am on holiday that week! wohoo for sky +!
   comment# 2   - Sarah · england · Jun 25, 2008 @ 6:43am

Shark week is bigger than the superbowl. It's huge in my house. I saw a large Great White in the Atlantic Ocean last year and it was one of the greatest experiences I've ever had. Jaws was such a great movie but what a shame the damage it did to these beautiful animals. And the trophy shark contests seen on other cable sports stations should be protested and avoided. Real men don't kill sharks, only insecure men who think killing a large shark makes them tough...yeah right! I hope shark week can successfully show everyone how special these modern day dinosaurs are.
   comment# 3   - Bob DeCecco · Pittsburgh, Pa, USA · Jun 28, 2008 @ 1:57pm

Shark Week is my favorite time of year for watching Documentary's. Let's see if the Discovery channel can top last years excellent line up of programs.
   comment# 4   - Drew Adams · Rockford, IL · Jul 4, 2008 @ 6:26pm

I love shark week so much!!! It is my favorite week out of the entire year! i don't like it though when episodes are repaeted from year to year, simply because i've already seen them. i like watching the new stuff. i have learned so much about sharks from shark week, and i simply love it! i can't wait till july 27!!!!
   comment# 5   - Channa · Denver · Jul 5, 2008 @ 11:53pm

I love shark week so much!!! I have been obsessed with sharks since I was a kid!! Shark week always happens on my birthday and I'm excited because it is their 21st year of this shark week and I will be turning 21 this year!!! My love of sharks was meant to be!
   comment# 6   - alicia felton · Bloomington, IL · Jul 7, 2008 @ 9:29am

i love shark is such an awesome time in my life...and it makes so excited when this week comes along....rock on sharks!!!
   comment# 7   - dan · pittsburgh · Jul 13, 2008 @ 5:19pm

I am terrified of sharks, but yet I'm addicted to shark week. I'll glue myself to the t.v. the entire week. It is full of insightful facts and you can really learn more about sharks rather than worry about them.
   comment# 8   - Wes Shaver · Titusville, PA · Jul 16, 2008 @ 12:15pm

Shark week is amazing!!! It gives great insight into the lives of these beautiful creatures. Lets all take notes on what we can do to make sure that sharks are still going to be around for another 21 years so we can all continue to enjoy Shark Week! Thanks Discovery Channel.
   comment# 9   - Chad Ricci · Bowling Green, Ky · Jul 17, 2008 @ 12:03pm

Shark week is so amazing!!! I got the inspiration from last year's shark week to actually hypnotize sharks myself. I did it on little spiny dogfish but it was incredible. I think hypnotizing sharks could be used to help educate people on shark and allow them to get up close to sharks and see that sharks aren't really men-eaters. This year is gonna be even better. I'll be doing a presentation on shark conservation at the Oregon Coast Aquarium and I'm rally excited that I'll be able to be apart of shark week in a way. Sharks Rule!!!
   comment# 10   - Michael Swindle · Albany, USA · Jul 18, 2008 @ 1:34pm

shark week is awesome!!! im deathly afraid of sharks but i am fascinated with them and love learning everything about them
   comment# 11   - ashley · united states · Jul 18, 2008 @ 5:21pm

I find it so interesting to see comments on the web and hear all these things about "save sharks" and "protest trophy hunting!" Trophy hunting occurs in southern cali for short fin makos because there is a huge abundance of them. and the meat is given to community houses. Blue sharks should be fished as well in my opinion...there everywhere and are overpopulated. and white sharks? theres been more than triple the attacks this year and last than normal years. is this because more people are getting in the water? no. its because there are to many seals and white sharks arent afraid to attack anything that moves. Love shark week but cant stand everyone whos oblivious to the fact that THEY DO EAT PPL. henceforth, yes, they are maneaters. Until you see a white shark upclose and personal and not in some cage, then you can talk. I was stoked to see a new program where the marine biologist stated that yes, we are a food source and they are an animal to be very afraid of.
   comment# 12   - justin · oregon · Jul 24, 2008 @ 1:41pm

where did mythbusters get their carbon glass shark from? i want 1 if any1 no's plz reply
   comment# 13   - harry · england · Aug 3, 2008 @ 8:57am
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