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You'll Never Go into the Ocean Again: Shark Week Continues

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Shark attacks are rare, but you wouldn’t know it watching the 20th anniversary of Shark Week on the Discovery Channel. From catching a few of the shows so far this week, it seems like swimmers and scuba divers serve as chum more often than not for great whites and company. (Sheesh. And we needed another reason to stay out of Santa Monica beaches?)

On Sunday, the two-hour “Ocean of Fear: The Worst Shark Attack Ever” (how’s that for a subtle title?) recounted the sinking of the USS Indianapolis in the shark-infested Philippine Sea during WWII. For four days, surviving sailors were treading water and dodging sharks. Last night, LAist caught “Top Five Eaten Alive” – which had survivors retell their tales of being bitten by sharks and losing limbs. One abalone diver was eaten headfirst by a shark and punched the shark's eye for release. Some of the scenarios used real video footage, and in one particular un-family friendly vignette, you saw a scientist’s leg chewed to the bone. But the guy didn't seem all that peeved at the shark. After the attack, he said that there are no shark attacks, per se, but only “shark accidents.”

So if you want to watch more shark tales, check out the remaining Shark Week programs after the jump...

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Shark Feeding Frenzy explores what a shark really eats (besides people). Tonight, 9-10 p.m. ET/PT

Perfect Predators details why the shark is the king of the sea. Whales? Whatever.
Wednesday, Aug. 1, 9-11 p.m. ET/PT (two-hour special)

Shark Tribe shows off the skills of shark whisperers in New Guinea. These guys call in sharks from tiny canoes without bait and show how these humans and sharks are coexisting.
Thursday, Aug. 2, 9-10 p.m. ET/PT

Sharks: A Family Affair chronicles South African shark expert Craig Ferreira's quest to study the 12 deadliest species of shark - and bring his entire family along for the ride. It's probably better than Disneyland.
Friday, Aug. 3, 9-10 p.m. ET/PT

Sharkman seems almost as nuts as the Grizzly Man. Michael Rutzen plans to hypnotize a great white shark in open water to show a completely different side to their nature that might "inspire people to want to protect, rather than destroy, these incredible apex predators."
Saturday, Aug. 4, 9-11 p.m. ET/PT (two-hour special)


So we know that we're not supposed to be afraid of swimming in the ocean, but after watching the Discovery Channel, LAist will stick to hanging out poolside for a little while.Photo by jon hanson via flickr.