Monster Week promises to investigate mermaids and mutant pigs

Forget Shark Week, it’s time for Monster Week

Every summer, eager fans await Discovery Channel’s Shark Week, which brings seven days of shocking deep -sea shark footage. But what about other “monsters” of the land and sea?

Don’t worry, there’s a week for them too. Beginning today, Animal Planet will be airing its “Monster Week” for the second year in a row.

The eight-day of monster programming promises to investigate creatures like the “super snake,” “mutant pig” and, of course, the Loch Ness Monster.

Monster Week in 2012 garnered Animal Planet its best-rated week ever, and more than 2 million viewers tuned in for the network’s special on mermaids.

“The last one was so good, we did it again!” a rep for Animal Planet told FOX 411 about the special programming.

This year’s Monster Week will revisit the mermaids, as well as some of last year’s most popular creatures, said Rick Holzman, senior vice president of programming and scheduling at Animal Planet.

"With wall-to-wall programming, this year's Monster Week shows even more surprising monsters,” he said. “Monster Week is capped off by ‘Mermaids: The New Evidence,’ featuring an exclusive interview with a lead scientist from last year's buzzed-about investigation."
Last year’s mermaid special, “Mermaids: The Body Found,” brought in 2 million viewers for the channel.

The week begins tonight with “River Monsters: Unhooked American Killers.”