Shark Week’s monster alien zombies not totally accurate, scientists warn 

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  • Don’t be fooled: This little critter could be an alien zombie harbinger of the sharkmaggedon, according to Shark Week’s increasingly unscientific Shark Week.
The Discovery Channel’s Shark Week has fans fuming on the Internet — apparently, Sunday’s “Shark of Darkness: Wrath of Submarine” strayed from the facts a bit — but don’t blame the scientists on the shows. They’ve been bitten, too.

When producers approached the ominously named Kristine Stump of Florida’s Shedd Aquarium, they said they wanted the latest updates on hammerhead shark research.

The resulting documentary, which aired Monday, follows a 60-year-old killer hammerhead affectionately nicknamed “Old Hitler.”

“‘Monster Hammerhead’ does not match the description of what we filmed,” Stump told

Documentaries such as “Zombie Sharks,” “Sharkageddon” and “Alien Sharks: Return to the Abyss” did snare a record 3.6 million viewers this year, reported Tuesday.

Shark Week is having one real impact: rising interest in shark meat, despite the Monterey Bay Aquarium’s suggestion that diners avoid shark.

“In 12 or 13 years, we have had virtually nobody looking for shark, but this year [for Shark Week] people are jumping all over it,” one Chicago-area seafood supplier told NPR.

Hutcherson giving back

Magnanimous slice of beefcake Josh Hutcherson is using his star power to help LGBT youths.

The “Hunger Games” star teamed with Straight But Not Narrow, the Trevor Project and Human I-T to launch Power On, which provides Internet devices for needy LGBT youths, many of whom live in rural areas and have little access to supportive communities.

“It’s awesome to know that it’ll be used to help a young person out there who, before this campaign, wasn’t able to get access to information and resources that could really help them,” he told Out Magazine.

Hutcherson told Out last year that although he’s “mostly straight,” he believes “defining yourself as 100 percent anything is kind of near-sighted and close-minded.”


Urban combat destroys the Golden Gate Bridge in the upcoming “Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare” video game. “Holy crap! I guess the Sausalito ferry is gonna be extra packed for a while,” the MissionMission blog quipped. … Rock ’n’ roll hellions Lorde and Taylor Swift took a cooking class together. … Russian punk-rockers and former political prisoners Pussy Riot will appear on Netflix’s “House of Cards.”


Actress Quinn Cummings (“The Goodbye Girl”) is 47. … Actor Danny Bonaduce (“Partridge Family”) is 55. … Golf Hall of Famer Betsy King is 59. … Hockey Hall of Famer Bobby Clarke is 65. … Former Cuban President Fidel Castro is 88.

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