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Updated: 08/28/2014 08:00:01AM

Shark Week: Two thumbs down

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By Robert Lugiewicz

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Way back in 1988, Discovery Channel began an amazing tradition: A week-long block of shark specials. The very first Shark Week was more than just informative. It was a revelation.

Sharks are one of the most incredible and poorly understood creatures on the planet. For as long as we’ve known they existed, humans have regarded sharks with a mix of fascination and revulsion. In the late 1980s, most people still had a very clear memory of the film “Jaws.” When they heard the word “shark,” what they pictured was a killer — a murderer with fins.

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