“Live every week like it’s Shark Week.” If you’ve spent time online recently, you may have come across these cryptic words of advice, first dispensed on the comedy 30 Rock. Just how you should draw inspiration from the Discovery Channel’s hugely popular weeklong coverage of these stealthy carnivores is open to interpretation, but there is no mystery to our enduring fascination with sharks: Their razor-sharp teeth and uncanny ability to sniff out prey remind us that there are still some places on Earth where humans are nowhere near the top of the food chain.
Late summer has abundant offerings for the shark-obsessed. The 25th annual Shark Week, which begins August 12 on Discovery, has researchers spying on shark behavior with an underwater surveillance cam and reconstructing the megalodon (a long-extinct shark species) down to the 250 six-inch-long teeth in its giant jaws. And for those wondering where you’ll get your shark fix when the week comes to a close, not to worry: A digitally remastered version of the classic thriller Jaws comes out on Blu-ray August 14.
—Mary Beth Griggs