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Jumping the shark

jump the sharkThank you, Jeff Bliss, for pointing out the intersection of modern marine science and iconically bad television here in Paradise Cove. Even as the Monterey Bay Aquarium's annual shark tank was being dismantled and the shark itself carried north, the 30th anniversary of the infamous "Jump the Shark" scene from the TV series, Happy Days, approached.

If you've never seen Henry Winkler (and his stunt double) on water skis, trussed up in a black leather jacket, a yellow life belt, and swim trunks that look like Pampers, click the link. It's a deeply dopey moment, filmed right here in Paradise Cove, and worthy of its place in the modern lexicon as the turning point where a TV show goes irrevocably, irretrievably wrong.trawler and shark tank

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