Celebrate Shark Week on your Lumia this week by watching, reading, and playing games about nature’s aquatic predator.
Premiering in 1988, Shark Week on the Discovery Channel has become more than just a week of shark-related programs and documentaries—it’s a cultural event that verges on being a weeklong national holiday in the U.S. (continuing through Sunday, July 12).
It’s also the longest-running cable television programming event in history.
Even if you don’t live in the U.S., you can still have a bite of Shark Week on your Lumia. Here are ways to watch, read about, and play with our toothy friends of the deep.
If you don’t have access to the Discovery Channel, Hulu Plus (free) hosts shows from past seasons of Shark Week. Enjoy such high-minded fare as “Megalodon: The Monster Shark Lives” and “Sharkpocalypse.”
Or relive the original films that made us afraid to go into the water with “Jaws,” “Jaws 2,” “Jaws 3,” and “Jaws: The Revenge” on Xbox Video. Personally, I suggest watching the original and skipping the rest—unless you’re a fan of bad movies, in which case you should jump straight to the awful (0 percent on Rotten Tomatoes!) “Jaws: The Revenge.”
The latest news articles and videos about sharks can be found in the free Discovery News app. You can read more about this amazing resource here, but the wealth of information it contains is well worth the download.
To learn fun facts about these ravenous eaters, check out 101 Amazing Facts About Sharks ($2.49). This eBook features more than 100 facts split into categories such as shark attacks, conservation, myths, world records, and more. And since it’s an eBook stored on your phone, you don’t need a data connection to access it.
Likewise, the Sharks and Rays eGuide ($9.99) is a comprehensive guide to the species of sharks and rays likely to be encountered in the West Indian Ocean and Red Sea. It features 47 different sharks with annotated cut-out diagrams and over 300 color pictures.
Hungry Shark Evolution (free)
Re-themed just for Shark Week, this action-packed aquatic adventure casts you as a hungry shark that survives by eating anything in its way. The latest update introduces new sharks such as Mr. Snappy and Baby Mr. Snappy, which are stronger and faster than the game’s Big Daddy and Megalodon.
Shark Dash ($1.99)
This physics-based puzzle game is more on the silly side. Playing as Sharkee, you and your fellow toy sharks live happily in a bathtub until mischievous ducks invade to ruin the fun. Launch yourself at the ducks in gameplay that’s similar to that of “Angry Birds.”
Live the life of a giant great white shark on the hunt for prey in this shark simulator. Attack fishermen, boats, jet skis, whales, and even other sharks in your hunger for food and undersea vengeance. It’s more fanciful than realistic (real sharks don’t search for gold treasure), but lets you feel the power of Shark Week’s star attraction.
How would you survive a shark attack with your Lumia? Give us your top shark repelling tips in the comments below.
Updated November 9, 2015 8:35 am