It’s UnShark Week!

Written by on February 5, 2014 in Marine Life

This week, February 3-8, 2014, is officially UnShark Week. Why? “Because the most extreme life of the sea is not usually a shark.” Steve and Tony Palumbi, authors of The Extreme Life of the Sea, decided it was time to celebrate some of the other amazing creatures in the oceans.

SharkWeek, while fairly educational, is mostly about fear and sensationalism: the biggest, the scariest, and the deadliest sharks, the places and years with the most shark attacks, the craziest shark movies, and so on. But the whole week focuses on relatively few shark species. Of the 400 or so shark species, most are pretty harmless. The ocean is full of a vast array of impressive creatures that deserve our attention too.

Marlin - one of the fastest.

Marlin – one of the fastest. Photo credit: Dominic Sherony via photopin cc.

Some sharks are fast, but they’re not nearly as fast as sailfish. Some sharks live in the deep sea, but the best deep sea battles don’t include sharks. Some sharks can be ferocious, but there are creatures in the ocean that are far deadlier. Some sharks are big, especially whale sharks (or the ancient megalodon!), but they don’t come close to the world’s largest animal.

To find out which creatures are the biggest, the fastest, or the deepest, be sure to check out the UnShark Week page on tumblr.

Here’s the agenda:

Sunday – SuperBowl, extreme plays, and extreme creatures
MondayForget ‘Shark Week’: They aren’t the only fish in the sea
Tuesday – The Fastest, featuring sailfish and flying squid
Wednesday – The Deadliest and The Biggest, featuring a snail and a whale
Thursday – The Deepest, featuring extreme adaptations
Friday – The Most Extreme Thing About Sharks, but it’s not how scary they are…

Cone snail - one of the deadliest.

Cone snail – one of the deadliest. Photo credit: richard ling via photopin cc.

Reef sharks.

Reef sharks. Photo credit: WIlly Volk via photopin cc.

Copyright © 2014 by Marine Science Today, a publication of Marine Science Today LLC.

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About the Author: Emily Tripp is the Publisher and Editor of She holds marine science and biology degrees from the University of Miami's Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Science and a Master of Advanced Studies degree in Marine Biodiversity and Conservation from Scripps Institution of Oceanography. When she's not writing about marine science, she's probably running around outside or playing with her dog. .


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