The Discovery Channel’s “Shark Week” is almost at an end. Here’s what I’ve learned so far:
* A Great White can reach the ocean’s surface from 60-feet below in roughly 2 seconds, striking its prey with the force of 4Gs.
* Despite myth, Great White’s are actually social animals, not rogue hunters.
* Some biologists disagree, believing the “rogue shark” myth is the reason behind a number of clustered attacks over the last century.
* Peter Benchley, whose novel became the smash 1975 movie “Jaws,” was really bummed that people freaked out when they saw the film. Lot’s of sharks were killed in the aftermath.
* People didn’t know anything about Great Whites before “Jaws,” and we still know relatively little today.
* You don’t want to be stranded in the middle of the ocean on a raft when a pack of sharks are nearby.
* There’s a scientist in Australia who tags sharks from infancy, then tracks their social movement and creates a Facebook-like map to tell which sharks are best buds.
* Knowledge of sharks does not make me any less frightened of them.
* Killing sharks is bad.
Here’s another fun thing I learned recently. Narragansett recently released a throwback version of its lager—the exact 1975 version that Robert Shaw (Quint in “Jaws”) chugs and crushes on camera in an act of general badassery.
So, with “Shark Week” coming to a close, I’m going to hoist a few cans of retro Narragansett Lager tonight, use my best salty sea voice and exclaim some ridiculous Robert Shaw quote while crushing aluminum with my bare hands.
What’s your favorite “Jaws” quote?
Mine: “Here lies the body of Mary Lee; died at the age of a hundred and three. For fifteen years she kept her virginity; not a bad record for this vicinity.” Classic Shaw.
Posted on Thursday, August 16th, 2012