Shark Week

HowStuffWorks.com takes on sharks, super senses and attacks for Discovery's 2013 Shark Week.

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Don't Be Dumb: Sharks Eat People

Have you heard that sharks like to eat people? This is patently untrue. Sharks don't eat humans and there are a lot fewer shark attacks than you might think. Learn why you should lay off sharks for once in your life right here.


Have you heard that sharks like to eat people? This is patently untrue. Sharks don't eat humans and there are a lot fewer shark attacks than you might think. Learn why you should lay off sharks for once in your life right here.
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Don't Be Dumb: Sharks Eat People

Sharks kill with their jaws, right? Well, they've also been known to kill with their fin slaps or with their delicious meat.
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Epic Science: Sharks That Kill Without Jaws

To celebrate SHARK WEEK, Cristen gets to the bottom of whether women should avoid swimming in the ocean if they're on their periods.
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Are sharks attracted to menstrual blood?

Shark Week has arrived and with it comes a special edition of Trapped in a Meeting! Josh patiently tries to school Chuck on the magnificent and terrifying creature known as the megalodon, but Chuck can't seem to get past how cool the name sounds.
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Trapped in a Meeting: Megalodon

Today wetsuits are considered essential equipment for most divers -- but this wasn't always the case. Tune in to learn how a brilliant physicist created the Stuff of (underwater) Genius.
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Hugh Bradner: Wetsuits

In this week's special shark-themed episode, we look at a series of shark attacks that occurred along the Jersey Shore back in 1916. The attacks are widely believed to have been the inspiration for the novel and subsequent mega-blockbuster film Jaws.
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This Day in History - Sharks: Matawan Creek

Are sharks really mindless, fin-exposing, man-eating kings of the ocean? Not so much. Tune in to this Science on the Web as Robert and Julie dispel some common myths about sharks.
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Science on the Web: Shark Myths Exposed

Continuing our special lead-up to Shark Week, today we look at the single worst tragedy in U.S. naval history, the sinking of the U.S.S. Indianapolis in 1945. The men who survived the sinking were left defenseless against shark attacks in the ocean.
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This Day in History - Sharks: The U.S.S. Indianapolis

So growing up your sister or your brother always called dibs on your favorite toy or ate the last piece of cake. It could be worse: Find out what would happen to you if you were a shark sibling in this chilling tale of embryonic cannibalism.
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Epic Science: Sharks: Sibling Rivalry

In the first installment of our month-long special shark series, Josh and Chuck talk about Shark Awareness Day, an international holiday that raises awareness of the threats sharks face from humans.
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This Day in History: Shark Awareness Day

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