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CofC expert talking Megalodon for 'Shark Week' edition of Discovery's 'Expedition Unknown'

3D Megalodon illustration. (Getty Images)
3D Megalodon illustration. (Getty Images)

A face commonly seen around the College of Charleston will soon show up on televisions across the nation.

Paleontologist Robert Boessenecker, a researcher at the school, will appear in a program during Discovery Channel's "Shark Week."

According to the college, during the show, "Expedition Unknown: Megalodon," Boessenecker will take host Josh Gates around the badlands of Baja California in search of shark teeth dating back three to four million years.

School officials said that earlier in the year, Boessenecker and his team had discovered that the extinction of the megalodon may have taken place a million years earlier than researchers first thought. The creature is both the largest shark ever documented and the largest fish on record.


Speaking on the current state of "Shark Week," Boessenecker said, "It has sort of devolved into shows about shark attacks, leaping great whites killing fur seals, references to 'JAWS,' and very little genuine scientific content... In the past, several colleagues have had their interview answers taken wildly out of context and there was of course the unfortunate ‘Megalodon Lives’ fake documentary."

According to a press release from the school, he said he was hopeful about this new program.

"I’m optimistic about this show given my interactions with the host and wonderful crew, who indicated that getting the science right – but making it digestible for a typical audience – was their top concern,” he added.

"Expedition Unknown: Megalodon" will air on Discovery Channel on Sunday, July 28th at 8:00 p.m.