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UPDATE: Blimp promoting popular Discovery Channel series was supposed to be in metro-area sky on Saturday and Sunday

COURTESY PHOTO: DISCOVERY CHANNEL - Watch for the Shark Week blimp in the sky above the Portland area on Saturday and Sunday, July 9-10.UPDATE: We are now definitely uncertain whether the "Shark Week" blimp will be flying over Portland and the Pacific Northwest on Saturday and Sunday, July 9-10.

The schedule for the West Coast blimp promoting the popular Discovery Channel series now shows that the blimp doesn't leave California/Nevada.

It shows it flying over Oxnard, Los Angeles and Riverside on Saturday and Riverside, San Bernardino, Banning Pass and Las Vegas on Sunday.

Mind you, a publicist for "Shark Week" let Pamplin Media Group and other media outlets in the Pacific Northwest know that the blimp would be heading our way. Even The Oregonian wrote a story, as did many other media outlets.

And, we have not heard word of any schedule changes; the publicist did let us know that weather and "other conditions" could change the schedule.

(It looks like "other conditions" include just not wanting to come to the Pacific Northwest, and not letting us know about it.)

Then again, maybe "other conditions" means it could be coming here and not staying down there. Follow along at www.SharkWeek.com/Blimp at your own peril.

Here's our original story:

No need to worry — it's only a blimp, not a shark in the sky ready to descend to Earth and kill people (aka "Sharknado").

Helping to promote the popular "Shark Week" series of shark shows on Discovery Channel and Discovery+, one of the "Shark Week" blimps will be flying in the Portland-area skies Saturday and Sunday, July 9-10.

It'll supposedly be flying over Portland, Tacoma, Centralia, Longview, Vancouver (Wash.), Eugene, Salem and Medford.

The 34th season of "Shark Week" will air starting Sunday, July 24 and continues through July 31.

It'll be the first West Coast trip for a "Shark Week" blimp.

It'll travel about 250 miles a day; it'll leave Nashville for San Francisco and then make its way up to Portland.

Follow its progress at www.SharkWeek.com/Blimp and through social media at #WestShark.

The flyovers are subject to change because of weather and other circumstances.


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