It’s time again for that weeklong television phenomenon on the Discovery Channel: Shark Week kicks off Sunday Aug. 12. Now in its 25th year, the much-anticipated annual event has a definite cult following, thrilling viewers with cool clips of sharks jumping, biting, attacking, and otherwise terrifying unsuspecting prey.
Shark Week is a really big deal! Check out the Discovery Channel building in Silver Springs, Md. (Photo courtesy of Brittany Siminitz of JCK Marketplace)
Who can resist kitschy online video teasers like “Air Jaws Apocalypse” and “The Nightmarish Megalodon (aka Sharkzilla),” which lure fans in with the promise of even more somewhat exhilarating, borderline silly shark footage to air daily on the tube. For example, in the “Great White’s Death Strike,” two oceanographers ponder the G force generated by a Great White in pursuit of a seal; and a G Force Data Logger—naturally—is produced to make the calculations. The resulting conversation is as entertaining as the footage.
“Oh my grief! That’s 29 Gs! It’s almost a death blow without even biting it!”
“I wonder what immediate effect the seal feels when it’s hit with G Force that high? One would assume that maybe it’s tunnel vision, blackouts, and maybe, unconsciousness or death?”
Maybe. I just hope to goodness that their scientific devices can answer that question for us by this time in 2013. Until then, here’s this year’s newest crop of shark jewels.
Great White necklace in hand-pierced, sawed, and filed sterling silver on 16-inch chain; $55; An Original Jewelry
Silver Hammerhead Shark pendant inlaid with lab-created opal and cubic zirconia on a 16-inch chain; $75; Silver City Jewelry
Fin studs in silver with freshwater pearls; $99; Misaki
One the Line Multi-Shark Teeth necklace in 14k gold-plated brass on 30-inch chain; $100; Tiffany Chou
Fin rings in silver; $125; Misaki
Shark Triad necklace in brass with jaw castings on gold-filled chain; $164; Bario-Neal
Natalie the Shark ring in rhodium-plated brass with cubic zirconia; $175; Noir Jewelry
Oxidized silver shark tooth necklace with 1.10 cts. t.w. black diamonds on silver chain; $2,248; Soffer Ari
Shark tooth cuff in silver; $1,500; Charles Albert
Shark pendant semi-mount in 14k yellow gold on black rubber cord, $1,818; as shown with emerald and diamond accents (sold separately), $2,239; Stuller
Fossilized shark teeth hoop earrings in 18k gold; $5,154; Cresta Bledsoe