updated 10:42 AM EST, Tue March 31, 2015

"Experts are asking a very important question about the plan to flip over a free-swimming great white shark: Why?"

Inducing the trance-like state of tonic immobility can help researchers to safely study these ocean predators. But that same tactic is now being used in a new Shark Week special called 'Zombie Sharks' – and some experts say that simply harasses the animals without advancing science.

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