Summary of “Ten years of ‘Shark Tank,’ the show that explains America”

In August 2009, the reality series Shark Tank debuted on ABC at the height of America’s uncertainty as the unemployment rate rose to 9.7 percent.
For the uninitiated, Shark Tank is a show where aspiring entrepreneurs bring their small businesses or ideas to a panel of “Sharks,” ultra-wealthy investors looking to become partners.
Several pitches this season have featured entrepreneurs talking about growing up watching Shark Tank, as well as the inclusion of a new guest shark, Jamie Siminoff, the founder of the video-doorbell product Ring, which Amazon bought for $1 billion after all the sharks passed on the idea back in season five, marking the first time a former entrepreneur has returned as a shark.
At least once an episode, as though contractually obligated, a shark would proudly proclaim, “The American Dream is alive and well!” In 2019, Shark Tank exists within a complicated cultural milieu that offers content to suit any political sensibility.
Despite this, Shark Tank wants you to believe that the sharks, millionaires and billionaires all, are our friends.
In this way, Shark Tank best resembles a show like Showtime’s Billions, which critiques the wanton greed of its contemptible characters while convincingly inviting us to lavish in it, like a pig in shit.
Like Billions, Shark Tank is aware of the importance of tone and address.
Perhaps Shark Tank is a suitably absurd and ludicrous answer to the specific American trauma of income inequality and economic precarity.

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Summary of “Great White Sharks Flee From Killer Whales”

Jorgensen wondered if this was a one-off, but the tags recorded similar examples in later years-orcas arrive, and sharks skedaddle.
Killer whales have a friendlier image than great white sharks.
Combining both brains and brawn, orcas have been known to kill sharks in surprisingly complicated ways.
Others seem to have worked out that they can hold sharks upside-down to induce a paralytic state called tonic immobility.
When they encounter great whites, a few recorded cases suggest that these encounters end very badly for the sharks.
In October 1997, fishing vessels near Southeast Farallon Island observed a young white shark interrupting a pair of orcas that were eating a sea lion.
One of the whales rammed and killed the shark, and the duo proceeded to eat its liver.
The presence of tiger sharks forces dugongs into deeper waters, where food is scarcer but cover is thicker.

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Summary of “‘It went in beautifully as the postman was passing’: the story of the Headington Shark”

His friend, the sculptor John Buckley, provided an answer in the shape of an eight-metre shark which would sit on his roof, perpetually appearing as though it had just crashed into the house from the sky.
The fibreglass fish, which became known as the Headington Shark after the Oxford suburb, led Heine, a local journalist and businessman who died last week, into a six-year legal battle with the local council.
It took exactly three months and by Saturday 9 August, at 5am, Buckley was moving the shark sculpture into a position on a tractor trailer.
“The crane just dropped it straight in and it went in beautifully as the postman was passing,” Buckley said.
Oxford city council immediately opposed the installation of the shark.
“The council is understandably concerned about precedent here. The first concern is simple: proliferation with sharks crashing through roofs all over the city. This fear is exaggerated. In the five years since the shark was erected, no other examples have occurred any system of control must make some small place for the dynamic, the unexpected, the downright quirky. I therefore recommend that the Headington Shark be allowed to remain.”
A few years ago, it was reported that the shark was at risk of being removed and the the bank was threatening to repossess the property.
Heine’s son Magnus stepped in and bought the property to make sure the well-loved shark was not destroyed by “Another set of bureaucrats unable to deal with something that wouldn’t fit a standardised form”.

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Summary of “Divers swim with one of biggest great white sharks off Hawaii”

A team of divers has had a close encounter with one of the biggest great white sharks on record – and lived to tell the tale.
Some of the divers came so close to the female shark in the waters off Hawaii that they were able to touch it.
The shark, nearly 20ft long and weighing an estimated 2.5 tonnes, is believed to be one tagged by researchers about 20 years ago called Deep Blue.
One of the divers, Ocean Ramsey, told the Honolulu Star Advertiser that they had been filming tiger sharks feeding on the whale when the shark arrived.
“We saw a few tigers and then she came up and all the other sharks split, and she started brushing up against the boat,” she said.
Ms Ramsey said the shark was “Shockingly wide” and could be pregnant.
Ms Ramsey said older, pregnant great white sharks were the safest to swim near but cautioned against swimming anywhere where sharks were feeding.
She said sharks would only attack humans if they were curious or if they mistook people for their normal prey, the Honolulu Star Advertiser reported.

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Summary of “Marine Biologist Bitten by a Crocodile Featured on Shark Week”

In April, Márquez was filming a program for the Discovery Channel’s Shark Week programming in the Cuban archipelago Jardines de la Reina.
The incident was depicted on the Shark Week documentary Cuba’s Secret Shark Lair, which aired on Monday.
MARQUEZ: The irony is: I was bitten by a crocodile during Shark Week.
We were really really privileged and really lucky to get to go to this beautiful place.
Crocodiles will either bite down harder, and then I would start feeling pain, and then: There goes all my rational thinking, really.
The medic, came up, got his medic bag, and opened up my brand new scuba suit, which I was really sad about.
I got some really strong antibiotics, which did save my leg from any further infection, but also really, totally, royally screwed over my stomach lining.
I’ve still got two of the really deep bite wounds that are still open and slowly closing.

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Summary of “Shark Attack Survivor Paul de Gelder Shares His Story”

Former Australian Navy diver Paul de Gelder is scared of only two things in life: sharks and public speaking.
After losing part of his arm and leg in a shark attack during a routine military exercise, de Gelder somehow became a motivational speaker and shark advocate.
In 2009, de Gelder was testing new Navy tracking technology when he was attacked by a shark.
De Gelder admits to thinking sharks were dangerous creatures that were better off dead. But as he started speaking publicly about his experience, he ended up learning how vital they are to our ecosystems.
Now, de Gelder works with various organizations to educate the public about sharks in an attempt save the 100 million killed each year in the commercial fishing trade.
In honor of the Discovery Channel’s 30th anniversary of Shark Week, July 22-29, MensHealth.com spoke to de Gelder about his harrowing experience.
The shark had bitten my leg and my hand with the same bite, so I had no hand to fight it off with.
I had to become somewhat of a shark expert out of necessity, because the publicity from that shark attack was so huge.

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Summary of “Great White Sharks Have A Secret ‘Cafe,’ And They Led Scientists Right To It”

Great White Sharks Have A Secret ‘Cafe,’ And They Led Scientists Right To It : The Two-Way These sharks have a hidden life that has becoming a lot less hidden, thanks to a scientific expedition that was years in the making.
Great white sharks have a “Hidden life” that is becoming a lot less hidden thanks to a scientific expedition that has been years in the making.
To find out, the scientists tagged over 30 great white sharks last fall – more than they had ever done in a single season.
“There’s a lot of expectation when you put technology on an animal and then you take an expensive ship like the Falkor with 40 people to a box in the middle of the ocean and expect that these white sharks are going to be there,” Block said, speaking from the ship.
“Just as we predicted, the sharks showed up right in the cruise box,” Block added.
The tags have 2,500 days of data at one- to three-second intervals, allowing researchers to see how the white sharks move up and down through the water with unprecedented detail.
“The male white shark and the female white shark are doing completely different things, and that’s not something we’ve seen so much before,” Block said.
Robison said all the information they gathered could help build a case for why the White Shark Cafe should be officially protected by the U.N. cultural agency.

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Summary of “The Strange and Gruesome Story of the Greenland Shark, the Longest-Living Vertebrate on Earth”

Greenland sharks are among nature’s least elegant inventions.
For some fishermen, a biologist recently told me, netting a Greenland shark is about as welcome as stepping in dog poop.
Where do Greenland sharks mate? What is their global range and population structure? And, most enticing of all, how long do they live? A study begun in the nineteen-thirties suggested that the species’s lifespan might well be extraordinary, based on the slow growth rate of a single shark that a scientist was lucky enough to catch twice.
Greenland sharks have no hard tissues in their bodies; even their vertebrae are soft.
Heinemeier’s paper made no mention of Greenland sharks.
He had spent the summer in Greenland, working on research vessels for the Greenland Institute of Natural Resources, and it occurred to him that the trawlers’ unwanted bycatch was a biological goldmine.
Still, it firmly established Greenland sharks as the longest-living vertebrates on Earth.
There may be Greenland sharks alive today that were born before Christopher Columbus; the species is not even thought to reach sexual maturity until around a hundred and fifty years of age.

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Summary of “Orcas vs great white sharks: in a battle of the apex predators who wins?”

The bite marks inflicted, together with confirmed sightings indicate that orcas, Orcinus orca, were responsible for this precisely-targeted predation.
Max length: great white 6.4 metres, orca 9.6 metres; max weight: great white 2,268kg, orca 9,000kg; burst swim speed: great white 45km/h, orca 48km/h.
Cow sharks, blues and makos caught on longlines have had their livers removed by orcas, alongside the brains of the billfish also caught.
With no doubt that orcas are using highly specialised hunting strategies to target the liver; the real question is: why?
Since the attraction of this delicacy to the orca is clear, how exactly does an orca go about removing a great white shark’s liver? The evidence we have shows that it is done with some precision – the shark carcasses were not obliterated.
During a 1997 encounter off the Farrallon Islands off the coast of San Francisco, a group of whale watchers witnessed an orca ramming into the side of a great white shark, momentarily stunning it and allowing the orca to flip it over and holding it in place for around 15 minutes, after which the orca began consuming its prey, much to the surprise of the whale watchers on board.
It’s not just sharks; orcas have been observed doing the same to stingrays too.
Once the orcas moved on, the great whites slowly began to return.

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