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Shark Week Turns 25: I Think We’re Gonna Need a Bigger TV

SharkWeek25 MTIt’s hard to believe that The Discovery Channel’s Shark Week turns 25 this week. I guess it’s further difficult to imagine sharks have been around for hundreds of millions of years, far outlasting many an inferior species. 

My love affair with sharks began with Jaws 2 when my parents took my siblings and me to see it at the drive-in movie theater. (Yes, I’m dating myself, and if you aren’t sure what a drive-in is, go change your diaper and then google it!)

After the movie ended, I was thrilled, terrified, and branded a shark lover for life. I was certain a Great White would burst through the bathroom wall and get me in the shower.  I still look over my shoulder when swimming in a pool and wouldn’t swim in the ocean for all of the chain mail in the world. I subsequently saw the masterpiece Jaws, and though I lament having never seen it on the big screen, it remains my favorite movie to this day. 

Sharks are majestic, beautiful creatures that are far more complex than their terrifying, prehistoric appearance would lead you to believe.  

Many sharks are killed for fin soup or sport.  It really makes you a man to take a big boat, an arsenal of nets and harpoons, and a crew to senselessly slaughter a beautiful creature doing its thing in its domain – not!

Just remember homo sapiens are lower on the food chain, and if one had to go Mano a Mako, I fear the outcome would be crimson clear.

My siblings share my rabid love of sharks. My sister, Kelly, even decorated her office with beautiful shark prints by famed shark photographer Chris Fallows.

With specials like Air Jaws Apocalypse and How Jaws Changed the World, Shark Week‘s 25th shows no signs of slowing down.  Love them, fear them, or loathe them; one can’t deny the allure of this enigmatic creature.

Check out Shark Week‘s 25th Anniversary on the Discover Channel.  Carcharodon carcharias knows I am hooked for life!






Michael Troy is a deeply superficial person. Born in the midwest in the ’70s, Michael came to Los Angeles to pursue his bi-polar career path as an actor and artist. 2005 saw the release of Michael’s first published book, Homo-Hero’s Big Book of Fun and Adventure ( Michael has contributed to the Lady Gaga comic book from Bluewater Productions and has his hand in various other upcoming projects. Michael has performed stand-up comedy at all of the major comedy clubs in Los Angeles and is making his triumphant return to the main stage of The Comedy Store in September. Michael offers an off-beat sense of humor as the star of such youtube cult classics As The Gays on Film (, A Minute With Margot, a loving tribute to Superman legend Margot Kidder (, and currently hosts a vlog style series Lethally Blonde over at Sitting alongside industry heavyweight Phil Jimenez at the “Divas and Lassoes” panel for the 2010 San Diego comic-con, Michael maintains and cherishes his “underground” status. A staunch believer in Blonde Ambition, Michael hopes his new comic about shallow blonde super heroes in Los Angeles, The Blonde Squad, will set the world on fire (or at least brighten it a bit). Check out Michael Troy and Lethally Blonde updates here!!!


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