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Scientists watched 32 years of Shark Week. What they discovered is devastating.

Individual Shark Week specials and documentaries have received a lot of criticism over the years, including from shark scientists. But just what did shark researchers find when they looked at 30+ years of Shark Week shows? The answers may surprise you.

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Shark Week’s sketchy history

Over its 33 years, Discovery Channel’s Shark Week has had some highs and lows, celebrating and educating us about sharks, but also presenting fiction as fact, lying to scientists and misrepresenting what they say, and making sharks seem scarier than they are. Here’s a look at Shark Week’s history, and why it’s so disappointing.

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Space reality TV shows: 21 years of shows that never took flight

Discovery Channel’s Who Wants To Be An Astronaut is just the latest in a long line of shows that started with Survivor creator Mark Burnett’s Destination: Mir—which ended when Mir burned up in the atmosphere, which is also what happened to all the other space reality TV shows.

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Shark Week and Sharkfest’s experts are mostly white men. Why? And does it matter?

“To say that there aren’t women in shark science is utterly ridiculous,” a Black female marine biologist told me. So I asked both Discovery’s Shark Week and National Geographic’s Sharkfest why they focused on white male shark scientists in their marketing and casting.

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