Shark Week 2016 New Episode Schedule

Shark Week 2016 New Episode Schedule

Cue "Jaws" theme music.
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It's the most wonderful time of the year- Shark Week! Shark Week is arriving early this year to kick off your summer. The 29th annual series is bringing back some of your favorites, including "Air Jaws" and "Monster Mako," and introducing some new shows, like "Shark Bait" and "Shark vs Dolphins: Face Off." Tune into Discovery Channel and get ready for a week full of shark fin fun! Here's your guide to all of the new episodes for Shark Week 2016.

Sunday June 26

"Tiger Beach," 8/7c

Dr. Neil Hammerschlag, the world's leading tiger shark expert, is on a quest to learn more about the mating and birthing habits of tiger sharks. By tracking and tagging 40 sharks in the Bahamas, he hopes to find out where tiger sharks mate, where the pregnant females hide, and where they give birth. Tiger sharks are considered the second most dangerous shark (behind great whites), so expect to see some aggressive shark action.

"The Return of the Monster Mako," 9/8c

Watch as a team of marine biologists attempts to document the predatory habits of a thousand pound mako shark. This mako shark is referred to as a "grander," which means that it is at least 10 feet long and weighs at least 1,000 pounds. Sharks this large are very elusive and prefer to hunt large prey, like seals. The team must enter the waters of the East Coast after dark in hopes of catching any footage.

"Isle of Jaws," 10/9c

Neptune Islands, off the coast of South Australia, are known for having a large concentration of great white sharks. However, in 2016, renowned shark cinematographer Andy Casagrande noticed a mysterious absence of sharks on the island. Traveling along the known great white migration route, he discovered a large gathering of all male great white sharks near an uncharted island. With the help of marine biologist Dr. Jonathon Werry, Casagrande hopes to do what no one else has been able to do -- find out where great whites mate and where they have their young.

Monday June 27

"Shallow Water Invasion," 8/7c

Seals have been a a favorite prey of great whites for a long time. Great whites commonly lurk around islands inhabited by seals, and have even been filmed jumping out of the water to capture a seal. But two marine biologists have uncovered new feeding habits of great whites- the sharks are snatching seals from shallow water on the beach. Mauricio Hoyos and Grant Johnson travel to Guadalupe Island to learn more about the increasing frequency of shark encounters in the shallow coastline waters.

"Jaws of the Deep," 9/8c

Marine biologist and the REMUS shark cam team head to Guadalupe to track the world’s largest great white shark, Deep Blue. With the help of two robot submarines, the team captures footage of the great white hunting strategies. Recorded from depths of 300 feet to 2,000 feet, the gathered footage provides the team with information on the great white activity in the area.

"Sharks Among Us," 10/9c

Human shark encounters have been rising around the world. To combat public fears, sharks are being killed by culling or with drumlines. Dr. Craig O’Connel debuts a system that he believes will allow humans and sharks to live in peace.

Tuesday June 28

"Wrath of a Great White Serial Killer," 9/8c

The Pacific Northwest is playing host to an increasing number of great white sharks. Shark experts Ralph Collier and Brandon McMillian set out to discover why great whites are traveling farther north than normal, and why their activity is centered in this particular area.

"Air Jaws: Night Stalker," 10/9c

For the eighth "Air Jaws" adventure, a shark expert, a shark biologist, and a shark photographer team up to discover how great white sharks can hunt in total darkness.

Wednesday June 29

"Deadliest Shark," 9/8c

Dr. Michael Domeier and Dr. Barry Bruce are out to see if the oceanic white tip shark, dubbed the “World’s Deadliest Shark,” really lives up to its nickname. The pair will dive in the Bahamas and in Hawaii to learn more about this rare species.

"Shark vs Dolphins: Face Off," 10/9c

Dolphins have shared ocean space with sharks for hundreds of years, but their relationship is anything but amicable. Sharks frequently attack dolphins, resulting in brutal scarring and occasional death. Dr. Mike Heithaus and his team go deeper into the violent relationship between sharks and dolphins to discover a pattern behind the attacks.

Thursday June 30

"Nuclear Sharks," 9/8c

A husband and wife team travel with a marine biologist to explore Bikini Atoll, an area once destroyed by Cold War nuclear testing. Since then, the marine ecosystem has rebuilt itself and attracted a population of reef sharks. The mysterious part? Reef sharks are considered non-migratory animals, yet they would have had to migrate to establish a population here. Through tagging the sharks and documenting their movements, an illegal fishing fleet is uncovered that has been taking sharks from one of the largest Pacific shark sanctuaries in the world.

"Jungle Shark," 10/9c

Marine biologists travel to the rainforests of Costa Rica to study the relationship between bull sharks and crocodiles in the river. The scientists want to know how young bull sharks can swim up the river without being attacked by the 12' to 14' American crocodiles living there. Shark Week will also reveal an important discovery that could save human lives.

Friday July 1

"Shark Bait," 9/8c

The war between great whites and seals continues in a new location- Cape Cod, Massachusetts. Typically, seals targeted by great whites live on rocky islands, so researchers want to know why the battle has suddenly shifted to the sandy coastline. Dr. Greg Skomal travels to the cape to search for answers. Why are the sharks here? How did they learn about the seals here? What does this mean for the future of sharks and seals in the area?

"Blue Serengeti," 10/9c

Barbara Block, a famous marine biologist and shark expert, has been studying the activity of white sharks off the coast of California for 27 years. Thanks to breakthrough camera and tracking technology, she is now able to explore new depths of an area she calls the Blue Serengeti. She has attached cameras to both predators and prey to better understand the environment.

Saturday July 2

"Shark sanity," 9/8c

A compilation of the best clips from Shark Week 2016! The Shark Week staff has compiled the scariest encounters, the coolest technology, and biggest bites for a sharky summary of the week. The favorite episodes in Shark Week history will also be revealed.

Sunday July 3

"The Killing Games," 9/8c

Dr. Johnathan Werry and shark cinematographer Andy Casagrande head to South Australia to research the hunting activity of great whites in the area. It seems that the sharks have developed new hunting techniques -- instead of waiting for seals to enter the water, great whites are now snatching them from the shallow shore. This could indicate the continued evolution of sharks in regards to their prey.


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A Senior's Last Week Of High School

The bittersweet end.
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Well, this is it. This is what we've worked so hard the last four years - who am I kidding - basically what seems like our whole lives for. This is the very last week we will set foot as a student in our high school's hallways. As most schools are getting ready to set their seniors free at last, it all begins to set in - the excitement, the anxiousness, and also the sentiment and nostalgia.

For seniors, the years since our first day as a freshman at the bottom of the high school totem pole have seemed endless, but as we look back on these last few weeks, we realize that this year in particular has gone by extraordinarily fast. It was just yesterday that we were sitting in our classrooms for the very first time, going to our 'last first' practice, and getting our first taste of the (very real) "senioritis". With all that's going on in our lives right now, from sports and clubs, finals, and the sought after graduation ceremony, it's hard to really sit down and think about how our lives are all about to become drastically different. For some it's moving out, and for some it's just the thought of not seeing your best friend on the way to fourth period English; either way, the feels are real. We are all in a tug of war with the emotions going on inside of us; everything is changing - we're ready, but we're not.

THE GOOD. Our lives are about to begin! There is a constant whirlwind of excitement. Senior awards, getting out of school early, parties, and of course Graduation. We are about to be thrust into a world of all new things and new people. Calling our own shots and having the freedom we have so desperately desired since the teenage years began is right around the corner. Maybe the best part is being able to use these new things surrounding you to grow and open your mind and even your heart to ideas you never could before. We get the chance to sink or swim, become our own person, and really begin to find ourselves.

Things we don't even know yet are in the works with new people we haven't even met yet. These friendships we find will be the ones to last us a lifetime. The adventures we experience will transform into the advice we tell our own children and will become the old tales we pass down to our grandkids when they come to visit on the weekends. We will probably hate the all night study sessions, the intensity of finals week, and the overpowering stress and panic of school in general, just like we did in high school... But it will all be worth it for the memories we make that will outlive the stress of that paper due in that class you absolutely hate. As we leave high school, remember what all the parents, teachers, coaches, and mentors are telling you - this are the best times of our lives!

THE BAD. The sentimental emotions are setting in. We're crying, siblings are tearing up, and parents are full-out bawling. On that first day, we never expected the school year to speed by the way it did. Suddenly everything is coming to an end. Our favorite teachers aren't going to be down the hall anymore, our best friends probably won't share a class with us, we won't be coming home to eat dinner with our families...

We all said we wanted to get out of this place, we couldn't wait, we were ready to be on our own; we all said we wouldn't be "so emotional" when the time came, but yet here we are, wishing we could play one more football game with our team or taking the time to make sure we remember the class we liked the most or the person that has made us laugh even when we were so stressed we could cry these past few years. Take the time to hug your parents these last few months. Memorize the facial expressions of your little sister or brother. Remember the sound of your dad coming home from work. These little things we take for granted every day will soon just be the things we tell our college roommate when they ask about where we're from. As much as we've wanted to get out of our house and our school, we never thought it would break our heart as much as it did. We are all beginning to realize that everything we have is about to be gone.

Growing up is scary, but it can also be fun. As we take the last few steps in the hallways of our school, take it all in. Remember, it's okay to be happy; it's okay to be totally excited. But also remember it's okay to be sad. It's okay to be sentimental. It's okay to be scared, too. It's okay to feel all these confusing emotions that we are feeling. The best thing about the bittersweet end to our high school years is that we are finally slowing down our busy lives enough to remember the happy memories.

Try not to get annoyed when your mom starts showing your baby pictures to everyone she sees, or when your dad starts getting aggravated when you talk about moving out and into your new dorm. They're coping with the same emotions we are. Walk through the halls remembering the classes you loved and the classes you hated. Think of the all great times that have happened in our high school years and the friends that have been made that will never be forgotten. We all say we hated school, but we really didn't. Everything is about to change; that's a happy thing, and a sad thing. We all just have to embrace it! We're ready, but we're not...

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Severus Snape Is The Worst, And Here's Why

Albus Severus, sweetie, I'm so sorry...

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I grew up being absolutely obsessed with the Harry Potter franchise. I read the books for the first time in second and third grade, then again in middle school, and for the third time in my last year of high school. Recently, I had a somewhat heated argument with a fellow fan of the books about Severus Snape. As I've reread the Harry Potter books, I've noticed that, although J.K. Rowling tried to give him a redemption arc, he only got worse because of it. Here's why I still think Severus Snape is the absolute worst.

His love for Lily Potter was actually really creepy. When I was younger and reading the books, I always found the fact that he held fast in his love for Lily to be very endearing, even noble. However, rereading it after going through a couple of relationships myself, I've come to realize that the way he pined over her was super creepy. It was understandable during his time at Hogwarts; he was bullied, and she was the only one who "understood" him. However, she showed zero interest, and if that didn't clue him into realizing that he should back off, her involvement with James Potter should have. She was married. He was pining after a married, happy woman. If he truly loved her, he would have realized how happy she was and backed off. Instead, he took it out on her orphan son and wallowed in bitterness and self-pity, which is creepy and extremely uncool. When a girl is kind to a boy during high school (or in this case, wizard school), it's not an open invitation for him to pine for her for the literal rest of his life and romanticizes the absolute @#$% out of her. It's just her being a decent person. Move on, Severus.

He verbally abused teenagers. One of the most shocking examples of this is in The Prisoner of Azkaban when Snape literally told Neville Longbottom that he would kill his beloved toad, Trevor if he got his Shrinking Potion wrong, and then punished him when he managed to make the potion correctly. Furthermore, poor Neville's boggart was literally Snape. The amount of emotional torture Neville must have been enduring from Snape to create this type of debilitating fear must have been almost unbearable, and even if Snape was simply trying to be a "tough" professor, there is no excuse for creating an atmosphere of hostility and fear like he did in his potions class for vulnerable students like Neville. In addition, he ruthlessly tormented Harry (the last living piece of Lily Potter, his supposed "true love," btw), and made fun of Hermione Granger's appearance. Sure, he might have had a terrible life. However, it's simply a mark of poor character to take it out on others, especially when the people you take it out on are your vulnerable students who have no power to stand up to you. Grow up.

He willingly joined a terrorist group and helped them perform genocide and reign over the wizarding world with terror tactics for a couple of decades. No explanation needed as to why this is terrible.

Despite the constant romanticization of his character, I will always see the core of Severus Snape, and that core is a bitter, slimy, genocidal, manipulative trash being. J.K. Rowling's attempt to redeem him only threw obsessive and controlling traits into the mix. Snape is the absolute worst, and romanticizing him only removes criticism of an insane man who just so happened to be capable of love (just like the vast majority of the rest of us). Thank you, next.

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