The Origin of Jaws: 1916 Shark Attacks off Jersey Shore

With perfect timing for Shark Week, Smithosnian Mag has dug up a 1916 newspaper article highlighting the five shark attacks near the Jersey Shore that allegedly inspired the 1975 thriller Jaws: The shark's ferocious spree is said to have served as inspiration for Jaws--both Peter Benchley's novel and Steven Spielberg's blockbuster film. Ichthyologist George Burgess [...]

August 13, 2012
5:22 PM EDT
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