It's that magical time of year...Shark Week has begun. The Discovery Channel has lots of cool shark documentaries and specials on the docket for their annual salute to the apex predators of the deep. They've also drawn some heat from viewers over a fictionalized special that aired Sunday about the extinct Megalodon, the largest shark to ever swim the oceans, and how some might still be alive. The "search" was kicked off by a recently uncovered photo of a Nazi U-Boat off Cape Town with what appears to be a 64-foot long shark in the background. You can watch a clip from "Megalodon: The Monster Shark Lives" here.
Well, we haven't written about any extinct sharks big enough to swallow a whale. And don't worry, they really are extinct—but these are the 10 best, and true, shark-related articles, blogs, and videos featured on Field & Stream in the past two years. Take a look and get pumped for Shark Week!
Jason Johnston reeled in one of the largest sharks ever caught with a rod-and-reel—a 1,323.5-pound mako that could shatter the 12-year-old International Game Fish Association (IGFA) record of 1,221 pounds. See how he caught what may be the largest mako ever. Read story
The angler's facial expression says it all. This is a definite change-your-shorts moment. Would you swear off kayak fishing the sea if this happened to you? Read blog
Luck was on host Joe Cermele's side when he set out for surf sharks on Florida's east coast. Watch him battle this monster shark here. Watch Hook Shots episode
So what did Werner do when she encountered a great white shark while diving? She grabbed its dorsal fin and went for a ride. Wouldn't you? Read blog
Possibly the most epic and genius Shark Week commercial ever made. Of course, the Discovery Channel is taking a fair amount of heat for it. What do you think? Did they cross the line? R.I.P., Snuffy the seal. Read blog
Photographer Al McGlashan's assignment was to film a textbook release of a striped marlin caught and tagged by New South Wales fisheries officials. But a 10-foot mako shark that had been stalking the shoot decided to flip the script. Read blog
(Warning: Video contains explicit language.) Imagine what it will be like to have a 500- to 800-pound at end of your fly line. Check out this video and you won't be disappointed. Probably one of the most amazing fights you'll see in a long time. Read blog
Be glad you're not a seal. Great whites 20-feet-long can rocket up from deep-water hides at speeds of 35 miles an hour to ambush Cape fur seals, their momentum carrying them beyond the water’s surface and high into the air. View photos
Two Garden State anglers got more than they bargained for near the Manasquan Inlet when they hooked an 8-foot, 303-pound mako—and it leapt into their 31-foot boat. Read blog
The crew aboard the Blinky 4, a 50-foot Viking sportfisher, thought they had the tournament-winning shark on the end of the line — then the mako wedged itself between the prop and the rudder. Read story