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Based on eye witness accounts during the infamous 'Amity Incident', a tremendous great white shark was purportedly deemed responsible for an onslaught of attacks during the summer of 1973. The shark was later depicted in the film 'Jaws' released in 1975.
Interestingly there has never been agreed upon as to which name the shark should be called. Fans of the film in general tend to call the shark 'JAWS', which is actually a misnomer considering there were different sharks in each of the four films in the franchise.
The shark in 'JAWS' was subsequently labelled 'Bruce' in reference to Steven Spielbergs lawyer, Bruce Raynor.
However, because the great white shark depicted in JAWS did not appear to look like a standard atypical great white shark, it has been suggested that this shark was in fact a mutated beast rather than a genetically perfect Great white shark specimen. This would also account for its maniacal personality and traits depicted in the film in so far as outward rogue behavior.
In the film, 'Bruce' was destroyed by a compressed air tank during a sea battle led by APD chief Brody, Oceanographer Hooper, and Sea captain Quint. In reality, no evidence of the shark's remains have ever been found and this particular shark has yet to be seen again. A sculpted rendition of 'Bruce' from the film was discovered in a junkyard years later, and is in essence a fourth 'Bruce' pulled from molds for the mechanical shark used in the production of the film. Fans of the film have christened this rare find, 'Junkyard Bruce', or JYB.
Proponents believe this shark as well as the other sharks depicted in the sequels possessed supernatural powers and could not have been destroyed much like Jason in the 'Friday the thirteenth' film series could not. There are also rumors that pagan worshipers who believe there is a direct relation to the occult, make midnight trips to the site of the junkyard where the current last remaining 'Bruce' shark (JYB) exists. There they sing sea shanties and drink apricot brandy hoping to re-awaken the beast.
The first Amity Incident attacks
The shark as seen in the film JAWS attacked, and/or killed nine (and several more during the actual the Amity Incident) which are as follows:
- Christine Watkins
- Alexander Kintner
- An estuary victim (name unknown)
- Ben Gardner
- Ben Gardner's first mate (name unknown)
- A dog (Pippet)
- M. Quint
- Hooper: * Attacked while in a cage, but managed to flee from the escape hatch on top of the cage frantically swimming to the reef below.
- Brody: Attacked until he was finally able to toss an air tank into Jaws's mouth resulting in a devastating explosion.