Da dum. Da dum. Da dum. Da dum. Da dum.
You read that right and as you were reading it, no doubt you started to sing it. And if you started singing it, you know very well it’s from the best movie. Ever. Jaws!
And if we are thinking and talking about Jaws, well, you know where this is going—shark attacks!
So, since we are on the topic of the movie that put shark attacks on the map—or in your mind, and blockbusters in the theater, let’s look at some clips of Jaws himself doing what he does best.
In this clip, as if it really needs any introduction, you see Brody dumping over a ton of blood, err, shark bait, in order to meet the legend itself. When Jaws finally shows his face, Brody utters the now famous line, “you’re gonna need a bigger boat.” And it goes on from there. Needless to say this isn’t a shark attack but it’s a good predecessor.
But, since this is an article about shark attacks, let’s look at an actual shark attack clip from the movie.
In this clip we see Jaws come in over the deck of the boat and devour Quint. First his feet, then legs and by mid body he is done for and they go under.
Now that we know what we know and have seen what magic Hollywood can make, does this feel not so dramatic to you? Yes, art and awesome for sure, but we want guts and struggle and perhaps a better camera angle?
But, it is a movie after all. And a great one at that. But let us look at some real life shark attacks that might just bring the umph that was lacking in the last clip.
Of course, if we’re going to talk shark attacks, we can’t not start with the most famous one of recent times, Bethany Hamilton.
For those of you who might have missed this crazy, amazing (yes, it ends up amazing) story, here’s the dealio:
Bethany (seen in the video below) is an American professional surfer who survived a 2003 shark attack in which her left arm was bitten off, but ultimately returned to—and was victorious in—professional surfing. She wrote about her experience in the 2004 autobiography Soul Surfer: A True Story of Faith, Family, and Fighting to Get Back on the Board. In April 2011, the feature film Soul Surfer was released
Living an amazing life, having won numerous medals and even married, Bethany is a true survivor, versus a victim of a shark attack.
In this clip, ok, more like a short, short film, you can see Bethany Hamilton’s full story. And you can hear how it went down straight from her mouth. Including how she saw her arm detached from her body. We’re not going to give away any more but take a watch. As gruesome as it sounds, it’s also quite inspiring.
While Bethany’s story is quite famous, there are many shark attack stories that aren’t. And there are plenty, yes plenty, that have been caught on tape. In this clip, we see a surfer attacked by shark in the waters off the beach of Cocoa Beach, Florida.
In this clip you see a man beat something down with his fist. Obviously because this is about shark attacks we can deduce it is in fact, shark. What’s crazy is his partner does nothing but continuously film and ask Jim (out attackee) if he is ok. Um, lady, how about you drop the phone you are filming on and get help. Or better yet, use it to call for help! (This is of course assuming she isn’t using a camcorder--GASP!)
Note: some pretty gnarly shark pics at the end, but cool nonetheless.
And, this is your lucky day because this isn’t the only shark attack caught on video.
And by your lucky day, we mean yours. Because survivor or not, nick or bite, when you are in a shark attack, you are anything but lucky.
In this next video, some guy was nice enough to compile 10 shark attach videos into seven and a half minutes. There’s the guy the teases the shark, baiting him to come, there’s the reporter who, caught on film, shows us how easy it is to get attacked by a shark. There’s the little bites, or appetizers to the bigger meal (reads: fingers, not body) and plenty more. These attacks are from Florida and other coastal areas. And, might we add do not try this at home because some of the clips in this video are people actually taunting the sharks which is practically begging to be attacked, and well, quite mean.
So, as it is mentioned above, this video makes it look like it is easy to be attacked by a shark. Well, in actuality, shark attacks aren’t as common as the media makes it out to be. The United States had the most shark attack cases in 2014—with 30 attacks but no fatalities. Next is Australia, with 16 attacks and three fatalities. South Africa ranks third with only four attacks and one death.
Although shark attacks are not common, during this year stories made headlines with accounts of shark aggression. Several have been in South Africa. On August 1, a Great White shark attacked a 20-year-old surfer off of Muizenberg Beach, South Africa and eyewitness accounts reported the shark to be close to 13 feet.
Here is the video of that aftermath of that attack:
And there is even a website that tracks attacks and gathers info from their survivors. You can visit that site here.
And speaking of shark attacks in the United States and survivors, this past summer, a Manhattan Beach, CA resident was attacked by a shark right by the Manhattan Beach Pier.
The news reported: on July 6 of 2014, a long distance swimmer was bit by a Great White shark off the coast of California’s Manhattan Beach. The shark had been provoked by being on a hook of a nearby fisherman and panicked, attacking the swimmer as they approached nearby. The swimmer credited God and a good punch to the nose as reasons they survived the attack.
You can watch it all unfold right here:
Just like with dogs that attack, sometimes, ok, most of the time, it’s the people, not the animal. Sigh.
And while this isn’t funny, there is a humorous side to shark attacks. And it’s called Sharknado and Sharknado 2. The cult-like following (um, really?) of these films have celebrities begging, yes-BEGGING, to be attacked in Sharknado 3.
If you haven’t seen the movie, let us entertain you with this clip. It’s pretty much Sharknado in 2 minutes. But, before we show you the video, perhaps it’s best we give you a synopsis of this made for television movie? Yeah, we thought so, too.
In short, a freak cyclone hits Los Angeles causing man-eating sharks to be scooped up in water spouts and flood the city with shark-infested seawater. It stars Ian Ziering and Tara Reed and the notable Los Angeles historical marks. No one is safe, people die, landmarks get blown up but somehow, someway, Ian’s character Fin, along with his friends, manage so save the day. At least until the sequel.
No matter how many Sharknados there are, they are not the only playful side of shark attacks. There is actually a ton, ok a lot not a ton, of shark attack video games. For the gamer, and sadist, in you, you can find that list here.
And, how can we really talk about shark attacks, especially the lighter side without addressing the attacks the ‘contestants’ go through on Shark Tank.
Shark Tank is a television show where entrepreneurs get to pitch their ideas/businesses to a panel of 4 sharks, otherwise knows as investors, otherwise known as rich people.
The entrepreneurs don’t always get the investment amount they want, if at all, but what does happen is they pay to be on the show. Meaning, a percentage of their company goes to ‘the sharks’ and the show because of all the free publicity they are getting. Not sure this is fair as it’s a tried and true cliché that the rich get richer but if a business grows because of it’s showing on Shark Tank, then maybe it’s worth it? Who knows.
Here is a recent clip, just so you can get a feel of how it all goes down. And these guys were selected to get money by Mark Cuban. And, in the context of this article, it would be considered a successful shark attack.
Introducing Coactchex. Check your coat when you travel. Sounds silly? Clearly not. Think about it. It’s what? 4 degrees in NYC right now? Yup. And your friend is visiting you in Los Angeles where it’s 70. And she has a puffy coat that is not really needed once she gets in the airport. And with everyone carrying on baggage because that’s just the state of flight we are in, an extra non-needed puffy coat is the last thing your friend wants to drag around. So, why not coat check it at the airport? Furious you didn’t think of this first? Us, too.
So, there you have it. Shark attacks from around the globe, the TV and the gaming world. And because it was such a dreary subject we hope this last piece of shark related news inspired you to be a survivor instead of a victim.
You might need a bigger boat once you start thinking bigger. Da dum. Da dum. Da dum. Da dum. Da dum.