The Discovery Channel’s annual Shark Week is an intensely popular carnival of big teeth and ferocity. But of all the ocean’s wildest and most extreme species, only a few are sharks. So, Stanford Woods Institute Senior Fellow Steve Palumbi (Biology), director of Stanford’s Hopkins Marine Station, is promoting “UnShark Week.”

During the week of Feb. 3-8, six months out from the next Shark Week, Palumbi will post a story a day to about the ocean’s biggest, deepest-dwelling, fastest and most efficient predators.

Palumbi and his son, Anthony Palumbi, a science writer, wrote The Extreme Life of the Sea about the “absolute limits of the ocean world,” including stories ranging from that of the deadliest sea creature – the cone snail – to the fastest – the sailfish. The book is scheduled for publication in March.