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Shark Week will try to fool you again with 'Megalodon: The New Evidence'

"Shark of Darkness: Wrath of Submarine" tries to fool Shark Week viewers
"Shark of Darkness: Wrath of Submarine" tries to fool Shark Week viewers
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Shark Week got off to a rocky start with "Shark of Darkness: Wrath of Submarine." The mockumentary seemed more suitable for the Syfy channel than the Discovery channel.

An Aug. 11 report by Gawker did a great job summing up the special. Richard Juzwiak wrote, "Like last year's 'Megalodon: The Monster Shark Lives,' it was a bulls**t mockumentary production, something the Blair Witch would have scraped off her shoe." Juzwiak also pointed out that "Wrath of Submarine" borrowed from the plot of last year's "The Monster Shark Lives." That Shark Week special also blamed a shark nicknamed Submarine for capsizing a boat and feasting on the flesh of its unfortunate crew. However, as the title suggests, that Submarine was made out to be a megalodon. The man-eating monster in "Shark of Darkness: Wrath of Submarine" was merely a large great white shark.

According to Southern Fried Science, "Wrath of Submarine" actually uses a real tragedy to try to fool viewers into thinking that it's the real deal. The Shark Week special is set in Hout Bay, and a ship actually did capsize there back in 2012. Two people died, but they weren't consumed by a great white or a megalodon – they drowned when a huge swell knocked their boat over. Shark Week just turned that swell into a giant fish. It also hired actors to pose as researchers who are convinced that Submarine is really out there.

Interestingly, the legend of Submarine is also completely fabricated. No one started reporting sightings of the huge shark until a few newspaper journalists decided to see how easy it would be to fool their readers. They dreamed up the story about a giant great white, and readers bought the hoax hook, line, and sinker.

If you prefer your bloodthirsty creatures of the deep to be resurrected prehistoric critters, you're in luck. Shark Week will come to a close with a sequel to "Megalodon: The Monster Shark Lives" titled "Megalodon: The New Evidence." It will air Aug. 15 at 9 p.m. In case you didn't notice, its title is very similar to another infamous mockumentary sequel, "Mermaids: The New Evidence." Because a megalodon is a creature that actually existed, there's a greater chance that the Shark Week special will fool a few more viewers into thinking that it's a real documentary. According to TIME, a poll showed that 79 percent of respondents believed that the megalodon was still alive after watching last year's "The Monster Shark Lives." Megalodon went extinct two million years ago.

According to Discovery, "Megalodon: The Monster Shark Lives" will simply revisit last year's story about a fishing vessel getting attacked by the other Submarine. However, Shark Week's big finale promises to present "Shark Week viewers with shocking new evidence and interview footage." Expect the "new evidence" to be shaky, grainy camera footage of a giant shadow underneath the water and whale carcasses bearing megalodon-sized bite marks.

Are you disappointed that Shark Week has jumped the shark by painting sharks as bloodthirsty man eaters?

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