A JAW(S)-DROPPING HISTORY
Discovery Channel’s Shark Week is the longest-running program event in cable television history. Although some of the programming is real and some is fictional, they are trying to send the same message. Fish are friends, not food? Well, not quite. The purpose behind the creation of Shark Week is to help build awareness and respect for the shark species. Sharks help keep a balance within their food chain, which is why it’s important to understand their benefits instead of fearing those teeth.
New England has a special history with sharks. The original Steven Spielberg Jaws film was inspired by Martha’s Vineyard and Nantucket Island. Some of the movie was even filmed in the Nantucket Sound!
Below are 3 ways to celebrate sharks both up close and personal, and at a distance.
3 STEPS TO SHARK APPRECIATION:
1. SWIM WITH SHARKS
Is watching Shark Week from your television screen not enough? Do you crave the company of a real, live shark? Seeing a shark jump out of the water bearing their teeth on your TV screen can only be scary so many times. We get it. Cape Cod offers the opportunity to get as close as possible (and we mean really close) to sharks. They have cage dives, open water dives, and shark viewing from the deck of a boat. But we won’t dare you into going.
2. MAKE SHARK BITES
Art has always been one of the greatest forms of appreciation. Here we believe food is an art form. Celebrate shark week by offering shark themed treats at your backyard BBQs and pool parties. Most of the recipes we found were pretty simple. You could easily cut cheese into triangles, put them in a bowl, and stick a toothpick on top reading “shark teeth.” We also found this really cool recipe. Try this:
Watermelon Shark Bowl and Fruit Salad
Ingredients and supplies:
- 1 oval watermelon
- 1 large chef’s knife
- 1 vegetable peeler
- 1 spoon or ice cream scoop
- 1 paring knife
- 1 large serving platter
- 3 toothpicks
- 1 fresh pineapple
- 3 large apples
- 2 large blueberries
- Cut off 1/3 of the watermelon at a slight angle.
- Stand the watermelon on the cut side, and slice out a wedge about 4 inches wide. Save the wedge for making your fin.
- Use a knife to score 2 lines across the watermelon, about 1 inch from each edge.
- With a vegetable peeler, carefully remove the green peel from both 1-inch strips. Use a small paring knife to do any finer detailing to remove the peel.
- Use your large knife to remove the fruit of the watermelon. Once you have most of it cut away from rind, turn the watermelon on its side, and use a spoon or ice cream scoop to remove the rest. Then place the watermelon shark cut side down on your serving platter.
- Use a paring knife to cut triangle-shaped teeth into each strip of peeled rind.
- Take the wedge you sliced out earlier, and cut a slanted triangle (the middle piece) to use as a fin.
- Hold the fin up to your shark head, and eyeball the curve you need to cut into the base of the fin.
- Use 2 toothpicks to attach the fin to the shark.
- Break a toothpick in half, and use it to attach a blueberry on each side of the head for eyes.
- Once you’ve chopped your pineapple, apples and the fruit from the watermelon, mix them together in a large bowl. If you’re serving the fruit within 30 minutes, then you can dump the fruit into the shark’s mouth immediately. If it will be longer, then drain the fruit salad in a colander first.
3. DISCOVER SHARK WEEK
Of course, you could always celebrate shark week the old-fashioned way. There’s nothing wrong with appreciating sharks from the comfort of your living room. Discovery Channel posted their TV Schedule here and most programming starts around 9:00 P.M. The perfect time to unwind from a long day, set your feet up, and zen out while watching sharks stalk their next meal. For the ultimate shark-viewing atmosphere, light up one of our relaxing nautical inspired candles.
Black Sands Candle - With its mysterious swirl of sweet coconut, oriental spices and warming amber accords, Black Sands offers satisfyingly tropical magic..
Tranquil Waters Candle - This sun-drenched, relaxing fragrance brings together cooling marine hints with touches of ozone and amber.
Are you too afraid to go to the beach? Is shark week putting the fear in you? No worries, our fragrance of the month will give you an authentic beach experience. This month our Beachside Candle, a harmonious union of salt spray and sun-kissed surf, is 20% off… because everyone deserves a beach day. (Offer expired 7/31/15)