Sarah Beth Hensley, wtop.com
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
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
"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
shark feedings throughout
the week at 2 p.m.
- One shark you won't see this year is Chompie, an inflatable five-piece great
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
- 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.
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