Shark Week 2019 Drinking Games for Discovery Channel's Ocean Predator Themed Week

Watching sharks in the ocean on television can really conjure up a person's thirst, so a number of people have come up with Shark Week drinking games that will separate the great whites from the nurse sharks.

Occurring annually, Discovery Channel devotes one week each summer to programming about the ocean's top predator for an event known as Shark Week. It provides viewers with a range of content from shows that focus heavily on conservation and education to some more fun shows, such as having Olympic gold medalist Michael Phelps race a great white.

This year, Shark Week begins on Sunday and will continue daily until August 4. As some viewers tune in for the action, they may gather with friends to play a drinking game of their own. It should be noted that drinking games don't necessarily have to involve alcohol and an event that's intended to be fun can take a turn for the serious if a person's health is compromised. So, drink responsibly.

Shark Week Drinking Game

There are a number of options people have when embarking on a Shark Week drinking game, as several websites have offered versions of rules.

Per BroBible:

  • Drink every time you hear an Australian, South African, or British accent
  • Drink every time you see a diver in a cage.
  • When a great white is 'jumping' out of the cage, drink from when the shark exits the water til it the re-entry
  • Drink every time a person mentions chum, a shark attack statistic, or a shark fact (note: this can only happen once every person)
  • Drink every time the camera shows a surfboard or person underwater in the same frame as a shark. Also drink if they show you a chewed-up surfboard.
  • Every time a new person is interviewed, drink
  • Every time a person is declared a "shark expert," drink
  • Finish your drink at the end of the episode. Should you not finish between the end of the episode and the start of the new show, chug an extra beer.
  • If they mention the state you live or have a house in. Drink.
  • Drink every time the show references a new type of shark. If the shark does not attack humans (nurse shark) drink three times.
  • If a shark attacks an animal, drink until the animal dies or escapes. If the animal is a seal, finish your drink.
  • Drink every time someone mentions punching a shark in the nose or eye to stop an attack.
  • Drink every time a Facebook friend posts a #sharkweek status on Facebook or Twitter.
  • Drink every time someone mentions Jaws or if the Jaws theme music plays then say "we are going to need a bigger boat."
  • Drink every time you see a subdued shark being poked, prodded, or given a tracking device on a boat.
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French plastic artist, Sam Dougados, draws a 50 meters shark with only a rake, in the sand of the "Cote des Basques" beach, during the Discovery Channel Shark Week, in Biarritz, on July 17, 2019. Shark Week begins in Sunday and will continue until August 4. IROZ GAIZKA/AFP/Getty

A different version of the drinking game, per The Drink Nation, has slightly different rules:

  • Drink every time — and for the full duration of time — someone's credentials are cited.
  • Drink every time someone says, "this species of shark is normally very peaceful."
  • Drink every time a different species of shark appears on-screen.
  • Drink every time you think to yourself, "I hope this yuppie just gets mauled."
  • Drink every time shark attack odds are given.
  • Drink every time some yuppie just gets mauled.
  • Drink every time a shark eats and/or attacks something — humans included.
  • Drink every time the host says something completely unfunny and you think to yourself, "I hope this yuppie just gets mauled."
  • Drink every time a shark's dorsal fin protrudes from the water.
  • Drink for the duration of each slow-motion clip.
  • Drink every time you see a shark.

Entertainment Weekly put a monetary spin on the classic drinking game and requires beer, a Bloody Mary, AMF, camera and a swear jar.

  • Take a sip of beer whenever you hear an Australian or South African accent; Then, try to imitate the accents.
  • Take two sips of beer whenever someone goes into the water to face the predators in a steel cage. Keep your camera handy! If a shark bites the cage, gather your friends and pose, delivering your best toothy grin.
  • Take three sips of beer if a new discovery is made and/or something is caught on film for the first time, and yell "Yeah, science!" a la Jesse Pinkman.
  • When the water seems just a little too still, start humming Tommy James and the Shondells' "Crystal Blue Persuasion" and gently sip your AMF.
  • If a diver swears, put a dollar in the swear jar.
  • Whenever you see blood, reenactments or otherwise, drink the Bloody Mary until you no longer see red.
  • Drink when a shark breaches and continue drinking until the shark is all the way back in the water
  • Shotgun a beer if a seal escapes from a shark, the last to finish has to sit under the coffee table for the rest of the episode

If you prefer sipping a nice cocktail over playing a drinking game, try making a fun shark-inspired cocktail to make it a festive night. A good thing to remember is that just as sharks need water to survive, so do humans, so alternate between alcoholic beverages and glasses of water.