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Jaws the Third / Jaws 3 / Jaws III

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Character information
Full name Brucetta Shark
Gender Female
Status Deceased
Cause of death Explosion released grenade by Michael Brody
Other names Jaws the Third, Jaws 3, Jaws III, Mama Jaws, The Mother, or the big sister.
Occupation Avenge son’s death

Baby Shark (son; deceased)

Appearances Jaws 3-D
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Brucetta (a.k.a Jaws the Third / Jaws 3 / Jaws III / or the big sister or the 2nd mother shark) is the nickname for the female Great White Shark depicted in the film Jaws 3-D and serves as the main antagonist.

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In many respects, some critics have noted that this shark can be empathized to a degree so far as it's a wild animal being held captive in a waterpark against its will due to the greed of the park operators. Thereby, justifying its want to escape and the subsequent carnage left in its wake. In this respect, the film can be compared to other mega-rampaging monster flicks like King Kong.

Additionally, Brucetta is one of the largest sharks in the entire franchise, tied with Jaws (Jaws Unleashed), measuring 35 feet long and weighing 13.5 tons.

Role in Jaws 3-D[]

Brucetta and her child are held captive at SeaWorld. After Brucetta kills diver Shelby Overman and two coral thieves in cold blood and swallows fitzroyce and smashes him, as well as terrorizing several park visitors, Mike "Michael" Brody is able to use a metal pole to pull the pin out of the grenade in her mouth, blowing Brucetta's head apart and killing her. Bits of her jaws are then shown floating towards the screen.

Human Victims[]

Animal Victims[]

  • Grouper: Bitten in half.

Surviving Victims[]


Following the franchise story arc and lineage, this shark is believed to have been the mother of Brucette, the 30-foot-long gravid female from the second film/novel. At roughly 35 feet, she is also one of the largest sharks yet seen in the Jaws franchise, tied with the shark from Jaws Unleashed.


Brucetta is the only shark that does not have female victims; she injured a woman, but failed to kill her.

Brucetta's role in Jaws 3D would possibly inspire the role of the Piranhas in Piranha 3DD as that also happens to be a movie about a dangerous sea creature(s) invading a water park.

In real life, it is impossible to permanently hold an adult Great White in captivity, largely because they tend to not eat and also bump walls, some dying in a short period of time.

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