Shark Week

Up close and (way too) personal with the most fearsome creatures in the sea.

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How the Creator of ‘Jaws’ Became the Shark’s Greatest Defender

Peter Benchley wrote a bestselling novel and blockbuster movie—then spent the rest of his career struggling to protect sharks from the stigma that his masterpiece unleashed.

The Shark Attack that Shook the 1700s

How a few gruesome minutes in Havana Harbor changed the life of a fourteen-year-old orphan, upended the art world, and transformed the way humans think about sharks.

Secret Life of a Con Man

The son of a bank robber and sibling of a psychopath explains how he found his own calling scamming a litany of unsuspecting suckers.

How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Great White Shark

A fanatical fear of sharks scares a longtime surfer out of the water, but an offbeat website and many hours with the Discovery Channel help her learn to love the ocean again.