There are so, so many reasons why Shark Hunters is a terrifically bad show -- its low production value notwithstanding.
1. Promoting sharks as "nightmare hunters of the deep" is not only inaccurate, it hurts public perception of sharks.
Yes, sharks, like any other carnivorous animals (like humans), eat other animals. This does not mean that they are "nightmare hunters" -- rather, that they are animals that do what animals need to do in order to live.
Fearmongering isn't a new idea in the realm of sharks, as anyone who's ever seen "Jaws" can attest. After the 1975 film debuted, shark hunting spiked, and conservationists despaired. In fact the author of the original novel "Jaws," Peter Benchley, expressed regret over portraying sharks as killing machines after he saw the public backlash toward the animals and became a conservationist after its success. "Knowing what I know now, I could never write that book today," Benchley said before his death in 2006. "Sharks don't target human beings, and they certainly don't hold grudges."
But "Shark Hunters" is worse than Jaws: people kill real animals instead of mechanical props and the show promotes fear of an animal that is less likely to kill you than a vending machine.
2. The show's conservation claims are flimsy, at best.
When "Shark Hunters" premiered last summer, the show touted its claims to conservation and research contributions alongside gory images of sport fishers grinning next to carcasses. In one clip from last year's season, a fisherman says, "conservation is the reason we're out there to catch fish." But, regardless of how many times the words "conservation" and "science" are repeated, that doesn't make what they are doing actual science. Many of the sharks aren't tagged, and there's no information offered about where the data goes to or what kind of conservation they're doing. There's also no educational information about the threats currently facing sharks -- of which trophy hunting is a real and present one.