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Watch as Shark Week slowly drives this shark scientist insane

Great Hammerhead Shark.
Great Hammerhead Shark.
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Discovery Channel's Shark Week tends to annoy a lot of shark experts. The channel invents mythical sharks that don't exist (like the 35-foot "submarine shark"), distorts shark facts, and wildly exaggerates how dangerous sharks actually are to humans.

But perhaps no one finds Shark Week more exasperating than David Shiffman. Shiffman, a PhD student studying sharks at the University of Miami, has made it his personal mission over the years to expose Discovery Channel's falsehoods and distortions.

This past weekend, Shiffman decided to binge-watch all of the Shark Week shows aired in 2014 and post his thoughts on Twitter. You can see his real-time descent into madness in this Storify stream, but I've selected a few of his greatest hits below:

Watching "Monster Hammerhead" — a Discovery Channel "documentary" about a mythical 20-foot hammerhead shark named "Old Hitler."

Watching "I Escaped Jaws 2" — a segment about shark attacks

Watching "Lair of the Mega Shark" — another pseudo-documentary about a fake shark

Watching "Sharkaggedon" — yet another segment on shark attacks

Watching "Zombie Sharks" — in which a diver flips sharks belly up and puts them in a sleep state known as "tonic immobility"

Watching "Shark of Darkness" — a fake documentary about a mythical "submarine shark"

Watching "Megaladon: The New Evidence" — a segment claiming that a shark extinct for millions of years is still with us. (It isn't.)

It's worth noting that Shiffman wasn't totally negative. He had excellent things to say about the "Alien Sharks" segment, which interviewed actual scientists and looked at rare and fascinating sharks around the ocean. But that was one of the lonely exceptions here.

You can follow Shiffman on Twitter here. And Craig Pittman of the Tampa Bay Times wrote an excellent profile of Shiffman and his never-ending battle against Shark Week.

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