sharks

How Megalodon Worked

Between 2 to 20 million years ago, the biggest shark with perhaps the most devastating bite of any animal ever ruled the oceans with an iron jaw. Despite its fierceness, megalodon went extinct while other species that swam with it survive today. Why?

The Best Stuff We've Read This Week

Neat articles on media phantasms, a brief history of olestra and plenty more for you to enjoy.

Today I wanted to point all you fine folks in the direction of a really cool project I had the pleasure of working on for Discovery Channel's Shark Week. Most of you may have heard about the infamous shark attacks in 1916 on the New Jersey shore and 11 miles inland at Matawan Creek. If not, I strongly encourage you to go right now and listen to the excellent podcast the ladies of Stuff You Missed in History Class did last week. Candace and Katie killed it on that one and Candace followed up with an excellent blog post about putting the attacks in context. That said, I was charged a few months ago with brainstorming for Shark Week content for our parent company, Discovery Channel. Being familiar with this compelling story, I thought "wouldn't it be cool if I could write some 'found diaries' of some of the key players of the events of 1916?"

Sure, sharks aren't cuddly and you can't milk them, but do they deserve to be butchered?

We're right smack dab in the middle of Shark Week, HowStuffWorks.com's parent company, Discovery Channel's week-long bonanza of shark programming. It's a big deal around here: there are feeding frenzies in the break room, one guy in legal wears nothing but Body Glove all week long, there are live seals living in the podcast studio and no one seems to be entirely certain where they came from. But hey, it's Shark Week.

Josh and Chuck Swim With Sharks!!

Dr. Clark and I had the awesome opportunity to dive in at the GA Aquarium yesterday and swim in the big tank. Let me just go ahead and say up front that it was one of the cooler things I've ever had the chance to do.

When it comes to shark deaths, you're the problem, jerk. You!

Chuck and I met a guy at the Georgia Aquarium recently who runs the whale shark exhibit. We asked him what the biggest threat to sharks might be -- though after having written about 100 shark articles between us, we already knew the answer. It's humans. That's right, you human jerk, you're the problem when it comes to sharks.