Jonathan Davis, M.S.
Marine Biologist, Texas Parks and Wildlife
Discovery's Shark Week has a longstanding reputation for abuse of its science experts. A top example is that of Jonathan Davis, who answered many general questions about sharks on camera for a show called "Voodoo Shark" (though he didn't know that). Near the end of the interview, they suddenly asked him about a mythical monster shark called the Rooken. He'd never heard of it, and had nothing to say; so they followed up with a question about the possibility of any large sharks at all in the area. "Oh yes, sure, there could absolutely be large sharks, maybe even right here in this bayou."
Cue the editing razor. Shark Week grafted his second answer onto the first question, flagrantly misrepresenting what he'd said, making it sound as it he was supporting the possibility the Rooken was real and local. To make it worse, he found to his horror when the show aired that the narrator introduced him with "Shark scientist Jonathan Davis believes that if the voodoo shark is here, it will be in these lake bayous."
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