by Daelyn Fortney
Categories: Film/TV.
Photo: Discovery Channel

In anticipation of the 23rd anniversary of Shark Week, Discovery Channel has installed a giant inflatable shark on the company’s Silver Spring, Md. headquarters. Lovingly called “Chompie,” the shark is 446 feet long from nose to tail, 113 feet tall, and 200 feet wide. If Chompie were a real shark he would weigh 84,000 pounds.

To create the massive marine carnivore replica, designers used 11,720 yards of fabric and 36.7 miles of thread, with an estimated 6,400 total man-hours for the build.

Shark Week 2010 kicks off with “Ultimate Air Jaws” on Sunday, August 1 at 9 p.m. ET on the Discovery Channel.

  • Kimitake Hiraoka

    Mmm… I’ll have the fin thanks!

    • From MN, with hope…

      Anything to piss off those who are pro-Sea Shepherd, eh?

      • georgina0912

        When i read From MN…’s response i knew it was in response to one of Kimitake’s comments. He never misses a chance to make it all about killing marine life.

  • chris

    84,000lbs is nowhere close to accurate. i’m guessing you just estimated that a regular great white is 2000lbs and this is about 42 times as long. but you have to factor in the height and width. its obviously a lot bigger than 42 great white sharks.

    • David

      You are right. The weight basically is related to the volume and the volume basically increases as the length cubed, it is not linear.