Hawaii Shark Week Sure to Thrill Viewers

Honolulu, Hawaii, July 29 (DHN) – Are you fascinated by Sharks in Hawaii? You are in luck, because this Sunday marks the beginning of the Discovery Channel’s Shark Week. This annual week long ode to the ocean’s most cunning predator is now in its 24thyear, and it continues to be one of the most popular events on cable television. Don’t think the Discovery Channel is just resting on its laurels and taking for granted the massive popularity of Shark Week. With the 2011 Shark Week, the Discovery Channel has enlisted the aid of Saturday Night Live funnyman Andy Samberg to host these prime time specials.While the shows aired during Shark Week are highly entertaining, they are also a bit sensational in nature. Yes, sharks can be dangerous, but they are by no means bloodthirsty human killers. It is also disheartening that the Discovery Channel doesn’t spend anytime focusing on the effect of shark fishing (for shark fins) on the rapidly declining shark population.Hawaii made the news by being the first government in the world to ban the possession of shark fins in June of 2010. After a one year grace period, the State of Hawaii enacted a no tolerance ban for restaurants in Hawaii on July 1, 2011. First time offenders will be fined between $5,000 and $15,000. Science has indicated that over 70 million sharks are killed each year for their fins.

Want to see a shark in the wilds of Hawaii rather than on TV?

Still Shark Week on the Discovery Channel is a chance to watch incredible footage of this amazing creature. And it just might motivate you to get closer to a shark the next time you take a vacation to Hawaii. On the North Shore of Oahu, you can come face to face with open ocean sharks on a shark dive. All that will separate you and the sharks will be a cage! All content, unless otherwise noted, is created by and for Discover Hawaii News, a wholly owned subsidiary of Discover Hawaii Tours. © 2011

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