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Shark Week 2016: Discovery Channel teaming up with top researchers for Monster Mako, Discovery Channel to air another scripted Megalodon content?

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Researchers with the Harte Research Institute (HRI) at Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi is taking seven-day expedition to the Southern California coast to study the monster shark ‘Mako’ for the Discovery Channel’s “Return of Monster Mako,” which airs at 8:00 p.m. CDT, Sunday, on Discovery Channel.

The show, “Return of Monster Mako,” is a sequel to last year’s hit special, “Monster Mako,” which became Discovery Channel’s most-watched Shark Week special in history. The “Monster Mako” show has drawn 3.265 million viewers and has achieved the highest TV ratings of the night in its Sunday premiere slot.

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In the past years, the Discovery Channel’s “Shark Week” has come under fire from viewers over their inclusion of fictional content surrounding the existence of a monstrous Megalodon shark and presenting it as a fact.

Megalodon: The Monster Shark Lives was the first of two Discovery Channel’s specials that have raised the anger of fans, especially since it was presented as a factual show with real researchers attempting to find a living Megalodon. Instead, the TV network created a show that placed actors portraying scientists in a scripted out mockumentary, which would ultimately leave viewers feeling betrayed.

“Shark Week” will still tackle monster sharks this year, in spite of the loss of Megalodon mockumentaries, and the Mako shark will be the main star here.

For the “Return of Monster Mako” show, researchers from Harte Research Institute (HRI) are teaming up with Discovery Channel to plan a seven-day expedition to tag the more than 1,000 pounds shark Mako off the Southern California coast with state-of-art scientific instrumentation. This includes a special camera known as the “Shark Eye” designed to temporarily attach to the shark and document never-before-seen underwater behaviors.

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Reports said that the high-tech camera technology will transmit footage of never before seen underwater activities of the sharks, providing a unique opportunity to study the behavior of Mako sharks in their natural environment.

The shark show, “Return of Monster Mako” will kick off Discovery Channel’s Shark Week tonight on The Discovery Channel, at 8:00 p.m. CDT.

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