What was the inspiration for Spielberg’s thriller Jaws?


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  • What was the inspiration for Spielberg’s thriller Jaws?


  • Shark attach funny: http://youtube.com/watch?v=1nzd0R_OeOc&feature=related





  • The New Jersey shark attacks of July 1916



  • July 1916 northeastern U.S. background

  • Deadly summer heat wave

  • Polio epidemic

  • Drove thousands to seaside resorts





  • 2nd attack: July 6th (45 mile North of Beach haven) Spring Lake, N.J., Charles Bruder, 28 years old, rescued by two life guards but bled to death



  • Final attacks: Matawan Creek, N.J. (30 miles North of Spring Lake and 16 miles inland, 2.5 miles up tiny Matawan creek)

  • July 12th Lester Stillwell, 11 years old, body recovered July 14th 150 feet upstream of attack



  • July 12th Stanley Fisher, 24 years old, dove into water to recover Stillwell’s body was attacked & bled to death



  • July 12th Joseph Dunn, 14 years old, attacked a half mile from Wyckoff dock nearly 30 min. after Stillwell and Fisher, survived with amputation of left lower leg



  • Was the July 1916 culprit killed?



  • Two days after the attacks a 8.5 foot Great White Shark was caught in Raritan Bay. The sharks stomach contained the shinbone of a boy & part of a human rib.



  • Or was it the work of more than one shark?

  • Great White Shark (Carcharodon carcharias)

  • Range OK

  • Aggressive OK

  • Not known to inhabit

  • brackish or fresh water



  • Bull Shark (Carcharhinus leucas)

  • Range OK

  • Aggressive OK

  • Inhabit brackish &

  • fresh water



  • Tiger Shark (Galeocerdo cuvier)

  • Range OK

  • Aggressive OK

  • Know to inhabit

  • brackish water



  • We need a bigger boat!



  • Sharks are eating machines:



  • The Sharks mouth:

  • several rows of sharp triangular teeth (replaced if lost)

  • Used to grasp prey (swallow hole or

  • tear off large chunks to swallow)

  • www.maniacworld.com/Tiger-Shark-vs-Turtle.html



  • Sharks Jaw: jets forward when biting to increase bite area



  • Sharks eyes: when biting roll back in head to protect from injury





  • Unusual contents:

  • Legs of lamb

  • Parts of ham

  • Front half of a bulldog

  • Rear half of a pig

  • Tin cans

  • Coal

  • False teeth

  • Leather jackets



  • Why do sharks attack people?



  • 1. Curiosity: food or not, what is it?

  • 2. Interaction: social hierarchy



  • 3. Provoked: did we get in their space



  • 4. See us as competition:

  • 5. Territoriality or a threat:



  • 6. Mistaken identity:

  • http://youtube.com/watch?v=gw9qMZSuE9k&feature=related

  • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lSsZr1agCyY&feature=related



  • Unprovoked attacks per decade





  • Why is the fatality rate decreasing?



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  • Shark attack head first: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xqYqroPZi-U&NR=1




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