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'Shark Week' fun swims into the area

Monday - 8/5/2013, 11:51am  ET

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This undated publicity image released by Discovery Channel shows a great white shark off the coast of New Zealand. 'Shark Week' begins Sunday, Aug. 4 at 9 p.m. EST on Discovery. (AP Photo/Discovery Channel, Jeff Kurr)

Sarah Beth Hensley,

WASHINGTON - "Shark Week" marks the Discovery Channel's annual week of programming filled with sharp-toothed, beady-eyed, bloodthirsty sharks sure to leave anyone fearful of the deep blue sea. But the week also means fun in the D.C. area and not all of it is in front of the TV.

Eat like a shark

  • "Shark Week," which began Aug. 4, is known for its footage of great white sharks chomping down on their prey. And now, fans of Georgetown Cupcake can chomp down on shark-themed gourmet cupcakes. The "Shark Week Dozen" includes vanilla and chocolate cupcakes topped with blue frosting and decorations like a shark fin or a seal, primed for the gnashing of jaws. The cupcakes can be shipped and cost $39.95.

  • Several businesses in Silver Spring the location of Discovery Channel's headquarters are offering deals in honor of "Shark Week," including Copper Canyon Grill, Chick- fil-A, Potbelly and City Sports, among others. The deals are valid from Aug. 4 through Aug. 10.

See the sharks

  • Is "Shark Week" not satiating your hunger for shark information? Join the online "Shark Week" Hangouts where shark experts answer your questions alongside a live feed from the National Aquarium's shark tank.

  • Also at the National Aquarium, visitors can see hungry sharks in action. There are shark feedings throughout the week at 2 p.m.

  • One shark you won't see this year is Chompie, an inflatable five-piece great white shark attached to the Discovery headquarters in downtown Silver Spring. The shark made appearances during shark weeks in 2006, 2010 and 2012, but will only be brought out for "special" occasions in the future, a Discovery spokesperson told DCist.

  • While Discovery's programming will have no shortage of shark footage, you can wrap up the week with an outdoor screening of the thriller "Jaws." It's free to see the movie, which is part of the Crystal Screen Blockbusters on Aug. 12 at 1851 S. Bell Street in Arlington, Va., near the Crystal City Metro station. The Crystal City Business Improvement District is hosting outdoor movie screenings every Monday in the summer.
For more information about "Shark Week" programming, visit the Discovery website.

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