PG | | Adventure, Drama, Thriller
A giant great white shark arrives on the shores of a New England beach resort and wreaks havoc with bloody attacks on swimmers, until a local sheriff teams up with a marine biologist and an old seafarer to hunt the monster down.
Author Peter Benchley was thrown off the set after objecting to the climax.
What's your name again?
Christine 'Chrissie' Watkins: Chrissie.
Tom Cassidy: Where are we going?
Christine 'Chrissie' Watkins: Swimming
When Hooper is examining Chrissie's body he attributes it to an attacking squalus. Squalus is genus of dog sharks. He should know this, being a shark expert. However, at this point, Hooper does not know what kind of shark attacked her and so he is listing all of the species it could be. (He also indicates Longimanus and Isurus glaucus, which are whitetip and mako sharks, respectively.) More than that, though, "squalus" is the Latin word for "shark" and is often used by marine biologists as a generic name for sharks.
The producers gratefully acknowledge the cooperation of The Nation Geographical Society and Mr. L.J.V. Compagno of the Department of Biological Sciences, Stanford University.
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