The program examines two fatal great white attacks at Surf Beach in Lompoc, Calif., that occurred exactly two years apart in the same area. Researcher Ralph Collier says they are "the most violent events I've ever been involved with" in 50 years.
"People are afraid to go there because of these shark attacks," Kurr said. "It kind of played out like a real-life Jaws scenario."
Kurr says he hopes to "get rid of fear with understanding" and help people to know where they're surfing.
"The ocean's a wild place," he said. "It's good to be educated."
The ultimate goal of Shark Week, Sorensen said, is "trying to understand the mystery of sharks."
"Everything is still driven by a need to understand shark behavior."
People are naturally afraid of sharks, Sorensen pointed out, and Discovery tries not to demonize the animal or "over depict and be too graphic" when it comes to attacks, he said.
Still, the different episodes vary in tone and content, and some may be a bit scary and contain too much blood for very young viewers.
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