"More Than a Week" by Bernice the Shark
Shark Week can be a wonderful celebration of the contributions that sharks have made to history and culture. It is a great chance to highlight the role we play in our ecosystem and how we really behave in our natural habitat. All too often, however, those contributions are heralded during a single week in July but seldom remembered throughout the rest of the year. Frankly, it is appalling that in a post-Jaws society, the media still feels a need to relegate Shark programming on television to one week, separate from all other programming such as soap operas, procedurals, and even reality television. Hell, when is the last time you’ve seen a shark on the Jersey Shore?!
This being said, we do not condemn Shark Week. If Shark Week opens even one person’s eyes to our lives under the sea, it must be doing some good. However, it is about time that we are able to celebrate sharks outside these meager seven days. Sure, you privileged humans can tweet, type, and twiddle all you want about us during that week but it’s the brave ones who extend their enthusiasm, sympathy, and attention all year long.
The fight will not end until Shark Week is recognized all year long. In the mean time, here is how you guys can help:
- Educate Yourself
Your discomfort is progress people. Toss on Jaws on your little lightboxes and acquaint yourselves with the stereotypes against us sharks. Hell, the shark in that movie isn’t even real. We are much cuter in person.
- Stop Saying Things like “We live in a post-Jaws society”
Ever heard of SHARKNADO?!?! Yeah, that’s what I thought. With more sequels on the way, it is super important to remember that unfair representation of us still exists. Perhaps by extending Shark Week programming all year long, we can remind people on a continuous basis that we do NOT fly in tornados and attack on land. That’s just silly, guys. Even Michelle Bachman, the STAR of your next Sharknado film could tell you that.
“Biting and attacking people is not the way to solve your problems,” said every human ever. Well maybe if you stopped polluting our waters and killing all of our fish, we wouldn’t be so fucking hungry all the damn time.