Don't Panic As I Grab My Harpoon And Dynamite

"We provoke a shark every time we enter the water where sharks happen to be, for we forget: The ocean is not our territory - it's theirs." -  Peter Benchley 

Before his death, Benchley came to regret writing "Jaws" and seeing the blockbuster made into the now-legendary Spielberg film.  His regret was that he incited panic and fear about sharks.  And that lead to the wholesale slaughter of a wide variety of the apex predators.  He dedicated the last years of his life to conservation and preservation of sharks.  In fact, his book "Shark Trouble" is a great read about how we (meaning us pesky humans) are far more dangerous to sharks than vice versa.

"I'm just a simple guy swimming in a sea of sharks." -  Don Johnson  

Well.. it ain't Don Johnson but it is Blake Lively.  After watching the newly released trailer of "The Shallows" on IMDb, a chill ran down my spine.  No, not because of the story (which tells the tale of a female surfer attacked by a Great White and stranded on a rock hundreds of feet from shore).  But because I fear this will simply re-ignite the "Sharks Bad!" mob mentality that followed "Jaws" decades ago.  The trailer shows faint glimpses of this aquatic beast and ends with a shot of the massive shark circling the helpless woman.  She is the victim at the mercy of this mindless killer.  Um, no.  

"Sharks are in real trouble, and they need all the help they can get." - Ted Danson 

On the one hand, I'm grateful it's an original script and not a shitty remake of something.  But, on the other hand, I hope it doesn't glorify the monster that many believe lurk just beneath the surface of the World's Oceans.   I would encourage all of you to read up a little on sharks and the fact that most shark attacks happen in 3-5 feet of water about 10-15 feet from shore.  Many are people on surf boards or wearing wet suit (and strangely enough resemble seals and sea lions, which happen to be food for sharks). Most bites are one and done "exploratory" bites.  What's that mean?  The shark bites you (because it doesn't have hands to touch) to see if you're food.  When it realizes your not, it goes away.  Now.. there are exceptions.  There are always exceptions.  But that's true of most things in life.   Just don't blame the shark because you get attacked in their world.  - MO