Season 2 – Top 10
Not a lot of people know this about me perhaps, but l have a real thing about sharks! They have been a passion of mine since living in Australia.I have books on sharks, posters and even a couple of wooden sharks here in the office with me – they are a real hobby of mine.
The first contact l had with sharks was whilst fishing off the pier in Seaford for flathead and the older guys were always fishing for sharks at the end of the pier and l would see grey nurses, great whites and copper sharks also known as bronze whalers.
Whilst swimming once off the beach of Seaford again, in only perhaps 10-12 foot of water, l was brushed against by a nurse shark, and although the rough skin shredded my thigh [ l have a small scar now some forty years later] that was the worse of the damage it did to me.
Once on a fishing trip with the club l was with, a five metre great white slammed into the boat we all on and that was pretty worrying for a while, l can tell you. Looking into the eyes of that shark as it swam by the second time and looking at the sheer length of the damn thing sent a shuddersom from the top of my neck down to my toes!!
When in Sydney, birth place to my sister l saw quite a few bull sharks in the harbour waters. Before l had turned 12 l had seen a lot of sharks in Australia, most of them in aquariums – but l fell in love with this species – to me they are an absolutely beautiful species that is sadly very misunderstood and receives some very bad press.
Of course Peter Benchley’s book, Jaws did not do the species any favours in so far as popularity and his story although a fictional piece of work was loosely based as a novel on the great sports fisherman Frank Mundis who in 1964 caught a huge great white shark [4,500 pound] off Long Island! Mundis although a hunter in his youth became a conservationist in his later life. Robert Shaw’s character in Jaws – Quint was inspired by Mundis.
Many years later Peter Benchley would come to say that he regretted writing the book Jaws because of the untold damage he did to the great white’s reputation. The book sold 10 million copies and made Benchley a millionaire …
“What I now know, which wasn’t known when I wrote Jaws, is that there is no such thing as a rogue shark which develops a taste for human flesh,’’ Benchley told the Animal Attack Files in 2000. “No one appreciates how vulnerable they are to destruction.’’
But sharks fascinated me long before l read the book Jaws and the saw the film itself. In 1976 l started to read a comic by the name of Action and one of its main features was a shark by the name of Hook Jaw – it was a fictional character who in truth was the hero of the series. The Action comic was launched on the 14th February 1976 and l was at the time 12 years of age.
The original storyline and artwork was considered graphically too hard core for the readership – It was a direct cash in of sorts against the fame of the film Jaws which had been released on 26th December 1975.
Prior to the launch of Action Comics, boys comics had been somewhat tame and needed a real kick and Action delivered this – but the series was short lived [withdrawn from sale 16th October 1976] and the anti everything establishment banned the original story line and dumbed it down into nothing, and then it became a rather tame series with no gory maneating displayed anymore! By 1977, the Action magazine had merged with Battle weekly and soon the comic became known as Battle and Action.
I am avid supporter of shark conservation, donate on a regular basis to the Shark Trust and actually have a dream of swimming with sharks one day.
Despite my love for sharks and anything shark related – l still enjoy watching a good quality shark action movie – l have to be honest and say l am always rooting for the sharks though. What sparked this post – was l have just watched an appallingly bad movied called Surrounded [Netflix] but was originally titled Frenzy 2018.
Over the years l have seen some really great movies and some seriously bad ones, however here is my top ten of the best shark movies going!
The Shallows 2016
Still reeling from the loss of her mother, medical student Nancy Adams (Blake Lively) travels to a secluded beach for some much-needed solace. Despite the danger of surfing alone, Nancy decides to soak up the sun and hit the waves. Suddenly, a great white shark attacks, forcing her to swim to a giant rock for safety. Left injured and stranded 200 yards from shore, the frightened young woman must fight for her life as the deadly predator circles her in its feeding ground.
Deep Blue Sea 1998
On an island research facility, Dr. Susan McAlester (Saffron Burrows) is harvesting the brain tissue of DNA-altered sharks as a possible cure for Alzheimer’s disease. When the facility’s backers send an executive (Samuel L. Jackson) to investigate the experiments, a routine procedure goes awry and a shark starts attacking the researchers. Now, with sharks outnumbering their human captors, McAlester and her team must figure out a way to stop them from escaping to the ocean and breeding.
47 Metres Down 2017
Young sisters Kate and Lisa and travel to Mexico for a vacation filled with sun, fun and adventure. Lisa needs some extra persuasion when Kate suggests that they go diving in shark-infested waters. Safe in their protective cage, the thrill-seeking siblings come face to face with a group of majestic great whites. Their worst fears soon become a reality when the cage breaks away from their boat, sending them plummeting to the ocean floor with a dwindling supply of oxygen.
Open Water 2003
Daniel (Daniel Travis) and Susan (Blanchard Ryan) embark on a tropical vacation with their scuba-diving certifications in tow. During a group dive, the two separate themselves from the others to dive a little deeper. An incorrect head-count suggests the entire group has returned, so the boat departs. When the pair surfaces, they make out a vessel in the distance, but it does not immediately set in that they have been left behind. With sharks lurking beneath, their survival chances grow smaller.
The Reef 2010
A sailing trip becomes a disaster for a group of friends when the boat sinks and a white shark hunts the helpless passengers.
The Meg 2018
Previously thought to be extinct, a massive creature attacks a deep-sea submersible, leaving it disabled and trapping the crew at the bottom of the Pacific. With time running out, a visionary oceanographer recruits rescue diver Jonas Taylor to save the crew and the sea itself from an unimaginable threat — a 75-foot-long prehistoric shark known as the Megalodon.
Bait 3D, Bait 2012
A freak tsunami traps a group of people in a submerged grocery store. As they try to escape, they are hunted by white sharks that are hungry for meat.
When a young woman is killed by a shark while skinny-dipping near the New England tourist town of Amity Island, police chief Martin Brody (Roy Scheider) wants to close the beaches, but mayor Larry Vaughn (Murray Hamilton) overrules him, fearing that the loss of tourist revenue will cripple the town. Ichthyologist Matt Hooper (Richard Dreyfuss) and grizzled ship captain Quint (Robert Shaw) offer to help Brody capture the killer beast, and the trio engage in an epic battle of man vs. nature.
Finding Nemo 2003
Marlin (Albert Brooks), a clown fish, is overly cautious with his son, Nemo (Alexander Gould), who has a foreshortened fin. When Nemo swims too close to the surface to prove himself, he is caught by a diver, and horrified Marlin must set out to find him. A blue reef fish named Dory (Ellen DeGeneres) — who has a really short memory — joins Marlin and complicates the encounters with sharks, jellyfish, and a host of ocean dangers. Meanwhile, Nemo plots his escape from a dentist’s fish tank. This HAS to be listed here – YOU KNOW THAT!! 🙂
Blue Water, White Death is a 1971 American documentary about sharks which was produced by Peter Gimbel and James Lipscomb. It received favourable reviews and was described as a “well produced odyssey” and “exciting and often beautiful”. It screened theatrically and was broadcast on television at various times during the 1970s and 1980s. The film was re-released on DVD in 2009.