Shark Week 2019: Sharks Doing Real Sharky Shit

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“It’s sharks just doing sharky shit, man.”- Paul de Gelder

You see the title. You know why we’re here and who’s behind it. Discovery is back again for Shark Week, which means every other channel involving nature can shut the fuck up, cause the OG is talking right now. Shark Week has been out here in the open waters for 30+ years giving you the realness. Having done press for Shark Week this year and gone on a Shark Dive… Shit is legit real man.

Now I say we’re far enough removed from “Shark Week’s 2017’s Mike Phelps vs a CGI Shark” gate, I’d think that Discovery would calm things down for Shark Week this year. Nope. They did not. Discovery put us back in the danger zone cause this is the life they choose. Let’s get into it.

Laws of Jaws: Dangerous Waters – Paul de Gelder & Joe Romeiro

Yo, these guys legit went Myth Busters, shark edition and I’m very much like, “y’all wylin”. These guys legit re-enacted shark attacks and challenged myths. Myths like what, you ask? I’ll tell ya. Do you know the saying that blood will send sharks into a frenzy? Yeah, they tested that. How? Well, Paul took a pouch of his own blood and opened it with mad sharks around him. Trust me, you read that sentence right. Paul did that shit. Mind you this is the same man that lost an arm and leg in a shark attack doing this shit. Ain’t too many folks built Ford tough like that.

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The sharks didn’t even react to him or his blood. Now, when fish blood entered the water… it was a different story. That’s when business picked up. Mind you Paul was still in the water when that happened and had to swim through ’em. Again. Real adventurer shit right there. They even tested electrical devices that would set sharks off. During that test, one shark took a camera. Michael Dornellas, a shark expert who was handling that camera, said fuck that and did not let go of the camera, and got that shit back. The funniest shit to me was Joe Romeiro, who was filming all this. He told dude: “Yeah I’ve lost cameras and seen some shit….but I ain’t ever seen that shit before. I mean… was it not insured oooor?” Someone’s gotta debunk these Shark Urban myths, right? This is the team to get that shit down

You asked for more, you got it! Back by popular demand, host Paul de Gelder, Mike Dornellas, Nick LeBeouf, and Jamin Martinelli will put themselves in harm’s way as they reenact five recent shark attacks to find out how things could have ended differently. What do you do if you’re surrounded by human or fish blood? Could the electronics we’re bringing into the water be triggering attacks? Our hosts will attempt to answer these questions and more as they stage the most daring shark experiments ever attempted in search of answers. No cages are allowed. Produced by Lucky 8.


Sharkwrecked II – Paul de Gelder & James Glancy

Being stranded in the ocean last year wasn’t enough for Paul De Gelder and James Glancy. They are out in the wild blue yonder of water again. I’m not even going to try and hide that this show gets more enjoyable the longer it is on. It starts out fun and then shit just starts to suuuuuuuck. They’re legit stranded out in the Pacific with nothing more than a raft. These cats legit jumped out a plane into nothing but fucking ocean. It sounds wild as fuck, and it is, but it also reenacts how old school pilots from wars may have crash-landed and been stranded at sea for days. This is mos def a show that’s fun to watch but no fun for these guys out there in the thick of it. I mean I laughed. Paul and James always say never again. Never again! When they make it out, you know damn well they’re going go for it again.

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Ramping up the adrenaline levels for Sharkwrecked II, Paul de Gelder and James Glancy bail out of an aircraft at 3500ft to experience first-hand what it’s like to crash land into some of the world’s most remote and shark-infested waters. This time the location is Palau in the Pacific, renowned for its rich shark life and many plane wrecks. Will they make it back to dry land alive? Produced by Big Wave Productions.


Monster Mako: Perfect Predator – Joe Romeiro

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Yeah, here is where shit gets really real man. Listen, having seen Reef sharks and Nurse sharks up close. Mako sharks are the legit cooler and more badass older sibling. Mako sharks be looking like they just served a prison bid in Atlantis and just got out. Mako sharks be looking like they do cross fit, euro training, wing chun, boxing, muy thai, and water aerobics in a tank top with a protein shake waiting for them on deck. Mako sharks look like they’re ready to spot you in the gym. All of which is to say… wait, I got one more. Mako sharks look like the dad telling you to bring their kid back at a decent hour. Okay, I’m done now. Mako sharks are the alpha and the omega of the sea.

What you may not know is that Mako Sharks are important for keeping the ecosystem in order. Their role at the top of the food chain is important. We’re still learning more about them, those helping with that research are muh fuckas like Joe Romeiro. Listen, I got to hang out with this dude for that shark dive and he out here acting like he ain’t fearless. Dude’s fearless. Does those incredible ass camera angles with Mako sharks using the camera as a fucking pacifier on Shark Week? Holla at ya man, that’s all Joe Romeiro and his partner Lauren Benoit for them incredible shots.

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This year he’s rolling with Decon Massyn and Keith Poe, two other shark experts that fuck with Mako sharks. This is the show that will have you doing jump scares cause they shoot a Mako shark jumping clean out the water as a hunting tactic. That shit is on camera — The Mako comes up like it’s doing a shooting star press from the top turnbuckle (pro-wrestling reference? Anyone? Anyone?). Yeah… You’ll wanna see the discoveries and first time ever footage that happens in this episode for Shark Week.

One of Shark Week’s most exciting missions over the years has been the search for the largest Mako sharks called Grandees in the world. Joe Romeiro and Keith Poe revisit the most exciting events and discoveries from Monster Mako and Return of the Monster Mako all leading up to brand-new footage captured off the coast of California of rare Mako behavior. Produced by Discovery Creative and Productions.


Discovery continues to play no games with you land lovers for Shark Week. We got folks stranded out in the blue yonder, 11-foot Mako sharks stage diving out the ocean then back into it, and a Myth Busters edition for urban legends and Shark Attack re-enactments. Those liability waivers still being signed like crazy for Shark Week and the programming ain’t slowing down at all.

Shark Week starts on Sunday, July 28, 2019. Get ya wet suit ready. You already know what it’s goin’ be.

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