There’s something more frightening out there than sharks during Shark Week, and that would be angry shark fans upset over what they feel was a documentary chummed full of lies. Sunday night, Discovery Channel aired “Megalodon: The Monster That Lives” to kick off their Shark Week and fans are now frenzied that the “documentary” is a work of fiction.
According Geekosystem, shark fans took to Twitter to express their anger over being duped. Fans were in a frenzy over a fictional shark doc on a channel known for non-fictional, educational entertainment. Many feel like “Megalodon” failed to educate and instead stirred up hype in a legend about an extinct shark ancestor.
Discovery Channel exec Michael Sorensen, executive producer of Shark Week, defended the decision to air the “documentary” in a statement to Fox News.
“With a whole week of Shark Week programming ahead of us, we wanted to explore the possibilities of Megalodon,” Sorensen said. “It’s one of the most debated shark discussions of all time, can Megalodon exist today? It’s Ultimate Shark Week fantasy. The stories have been out there for years and with 95% of the ocean unexplored, who really knows?”