No Chompie this Year

August 2, 2013

The 26th iteration of Discovery’s Shark Week begins Sunday, but the annual programming block will feel empty to its local fans. Although the network is promising a flotilla of exciting selachimorphae shows and promotional events across the country, anyone who flocks to Discovery’s headquarters in downtown Silver Spring will surely notice the absence of Chompie. Sadly, the inflatable great white shark that sometimes graces Discovery’s building will not be deployed this year as he did in 2006, 2010, and again last year. Chompie, a five-piece installation, measures 446 feet from nose to tail, features fins that span more than 200 feet, and would weigh more than 84,000 if it were a real shark. The float was manufactured in 2006 by CMEANN Productions, a California company that manufactures large-scale, inflatable promotional materials. (dcist)

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