Shark Week

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Nature Documentary hosted by Richard Drefuss, published by Discovery Channel in 2009 - English narration

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Shark Week The Shark Week Ocean of Fear DVD set explores how sharks communicate and why they attack and gets you closer to people who've had the closest encounters possible with the deadly underwater predators. Sink your teeth into six classic episodes of the popular Discovery special series and learn the secrets of shark whisperers and lessons of survivors of grisly shark attacks. The Shark Week DVDs in the 2 disc set let you swim shark-infested waters without leaving your living room.

[edit] Ocean Of Fear Worst Shark Attack Ever

Remember that scene in Jaws where the guys on the boat talk about how during the Second World War a bunch of American sailors got knocked into the ocean when a torpedo hit their boat (the U.S.S. Indianapolis) and a lot of them got munched by sharks? Well it's true and this documentary explores the reality behind that story. For nights these nine hundred guys were floating around in the middle of the ocean and many of them were eaten. Through this documentary we learn first hand about what happened to the survivors and what they had to go through to make it out of this dire situation alive. If the sharks weren't bad enough, many men were dying from exhaustion and hypothermia. This is not only an interesting look at the dastardly side of sharks and their feeding habits but also a look at the lengths people will go to in order to survive. Fascinating stuff, some of the survivor testimonials are quite harrowing indeed.

[edit] Perfect Predators

This documentary examines how different sharks use different hunting tactics to catch their prey. Different ocean environments, different types of desired prey and different physical features all come into play here and it's interesting to learn how sharks have adapted to their various environments over the years in order to survive and how, in turn, commonly hunted animals have also evolved in order to give themselves a better chance against the sharks - case in point, Mako Sharks like to eat tuna, and tuna have in turn learned to swim faster to escape them. This documentary also explores how Hammerhead Sharks hunt differently than other sharks, and how Tiger Sharks, Bull Sharks and Great White Sharks all use different tactics.

[edit] Shark Tribe

This interesting documentary explores how a tribe of New Guinea natives (known as the Sharkcallers of Kantu) show no fear of sharks whatsoever - they head out into the ocean in small canoes and capture and hunt the sharks using their hands and small, handheld weapons. Where most people fear sharks, these guys have based pretty much their entire culture around them. They lure the sharks in without using any bait, instead using different noises to attract them. Along the way we get a look at their unique culture and how they've managed to survive over the years. From there, we actually witness the tribesmen out hunting while ecologists debate the morality of it.

[edit] Top Five Eaten Alive

This documentary explores the details behind five different but equally grisly shark attacks. We hear from the five different survivors about what they went through and how they survived - one woman describing what it was like to have a limb bitten off by a shark ("there was a pop... then it was gone."). Re-enactments demonstrate what they did right, but equally important, what they did wrong and how they wound up in these life threatening situations in the first place. We learn about how the sharks reacted and how a few different heroic bystanders interjected to save lives.

[edit] Shark Feeding Frenzy

With this entry in the series, we learn how food and the need for food control almost every facet of a shark's life. In turn, this leads to feeding frenzies. We learn about Reef, Tiger, Hammerhead, Lemon and Great White Sharks feeding habits. From there, we learn how to best survive a feeding frenzy or, preferably, how to avoid them. Some fantastic footage peppers this documentary quite nicely and really helps drive home just how dangerous and intense a feeding frenzy can get - at one point we witness a shark latch onto a cameraman's arm (thankfully he's wearing a chain mail suit, so he doesn't lose the limb). The documentary also explores the reality behind whether or not sharks really do or do not like to eat people.

[edit] Sharkman

The last documentary in the collection explores the interesting life of a man named Michael Rutzman, who enjoys swimming (unprotected) with Great White Sharks. He believes they have a passive and non-aggressive side and to prove this he tries to hypnotize them. The results of Rutzman's experiments and theories are varied but surprisingly not invalid. We see, on camera, how Rutzman does succeed in getting the sharks to appreciate his touch and to react to it - now, this doesn't mean they get friendly and want to cuddle, but it does give his theories some basis in reality.

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  • Video: Codec: x264 CABAC High@L4.0
  • Video: Bitrate: 1340 Kbps
  • Video: Aspect Ratio: 1.778 (16:9)
  • Video: Resolution: 832 x 468
  • Audio: Codec: AAC LC
  • Audio: Bitrate: 128 Kbps VBR 48KHz
  • Audio: Channels: stereo (2/0)
  • Audio: English
  • Run-Time: Parts 1, 2, 6 = 84mins 3, 4, 5 42mins
  • Framerate: 29fps
  • Number of Parts: 6
  • Part Size: average Parts 1, 2, 6 =812 MB - 3, 4, 5= 637 MB
  • Container: mp4
  • Source: DVD
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