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Whale Shark in Atlantis Hotel to be Released

Dubai:  A whale shark rescued off the coast of Jebel Ali and placed in the Palm Jumeirah Atlantis hotel aquarium will eventually be tagged and released, Gulf News has learnt.

Atlantis announced the capture of the juvenile whale shark recently which was found in shallow waters, fatigued and disorientated. The 4 metre long whale shark has been placed in the 11 million litre Ambassador Lagoon – one of the biggest aquariums in the world.

Whale Shark

Whale Shark

According to Ibrahim Al Zu’bi, environmental advisor with the Emirates Diving Association, the whale shark will offer great opportunities for learning and awareness but should not be kept in the aquarium long term.

“It should be released as soon as possible. Atlantis have plans to tag it and let it go. Stone structures and ornaments were removed from the aquarium to give it some space. It is a good thing that we have experts now that can handle situations like this,” he said.

Al Zu’bi added that previously the Emirates Environment Association (EDA) received many calls about whale sharks that get disorientated and find their way to the Arabian Gulf.  “Not much is known about whale sharks by the way so this will raise awareness for the fish. It is protected by CITES (Convention for the International Trade of Endangered Species) so the hotel should inform them of the whale shark,” he said.

Due to the high sea temperature and salinity of the water where the whale shark was found, the decision was made to transport the whale shark to Atlantis, The Palm for medical care and observation. A custom-made transport unit with a highly advanced marine life transport system was used to ensure the safety and well-being of the animal.

Since the arrival of the whale shark, the animal has been monitored 24 hours a day, including gathering extensive data apparently on swim patterns, feeding and behaviours.  The Fish Husbandry team is in constant contact with experts in the whale shark community sharing data and behaviours.  The health and well-being of all marine life is the number one priority at Atlantis, the hotel said in a statement.

Alan Leibman, President and Managing Director of Atlantis said, “The whale shark is an animal about which little is known and we hope that we can add to the research and data that is available.  Aquariums and marine habitats have been the key to education about our oceans and the animals that live in them.  Education, conservation and research go hand in hand to benefit all marine life.”

It is unknown how long Atlantis plan to keep the whale shark for.


Frank Mundus, Inspiration for Quint, has died

Frank Mundus

Frank Mundus

From the NY Daily News:

Frank Mundus, the legendary Long Island shark hunter widely credited as the inspiration for the crotchety skipper in “Jaws,” has died in Hawaii. He was 82.

Known as Monster Man, Mundus caught an untold number of sharks in the waters off Montauk since he began fishing there on his boat, the Cricket, in the early 1950s.

“It’s definitely the end of an era,” Mundus’ boat mate for the past four years, Capt. Rick Freda, told the News. “Frank was definitely a legend and he’ll really be missed among all the fishermen.”

The colorful skipper caught a 3,427-pound great white in 1986, breaking the record for the heaviest fish ever caught with a rod and reel.

Mundus also claims to have harpooned a 4,500-pound great white in 1964.

It was that fish, Mundus claimed, that led his friend Peter Benchley to pen the novel “Jaws,” in which a salty shark hunter named Quint is hired to kill a colossal great white. The book was turned into an Oscar-winning movie in 1975.

Among the oddest things Mundus has said he found inside a shark’s stomach were a rabbit and one of his own business cards, which had been tossed in a can of chum.

Mundus, who always wore a shark tooth on a gold chain around his neck, retired to Hawaii in the 1990s but often returned to Montauk to fish.

He was there over the summer and caught 20 sharks in 20 days, Freda said. “He had a smile on his face as he caught the last sharks of his life,” he said.

Mundus died in a Honolulu hospital from complications of a heart attack he suffered at Kona International Airport on Sept. 6, the day he returned from New York, relatives said.

He is survived by his wife, Jenny, and his three daughters; Barbara, Patricia and Tammy.

Fussy Shark Spits out Surfer

Shark Attack

A SURFER was released from the jaws of a shark – because it didn’t like the TASTE of him.  Todd Murashige was in the sea in the waters off Oahu, Hawaii, when the shark bit him on the thigh. The 40-year-old said: “I didn’t see it at all. It just seemed so surreal, like it wasn’t real, just head of a shark right there in my lap. “I stuck my fingers into his mouth to try to pry him off, but I didn’t feel any teeth. I think I was grabbing onto his gums or the lip part.”

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The site has gotten a long overdue facelift.  For reasons unknown to me, JAWS fans have stopped posting on the Forum.  I know that it was partially due to it being hacked, but that was resolved, and a new, more secure, easier to use Forum was launched based on software called BBPress.  It was at that point I decided to completely change the site to be more of a blog format based on WordPress, with the ability for members of the community to comment or add to each post on the site as well as on the Forum.

I also need a lot of help ASAP — I should have asked for this a long time ago, and the site has suffered as a result.  I am looking for volunteers to help me with posting articles and moderating the forums.  I would like the site to branch into more articles covering sharks and Steven Spielberg as well as JAWS.  There are easy to use tools for posting.  Please contact me if you are interested.

I have added a bunch of pages and posts, but I still have a lot of old stuff to add to the site, including most of the From the Fans content.  A few have been added so far, with more to come!

ABC-TV 1979 Promo for JAWS [YouTube]

Check out this blast from the past — a TV commercial from 1979 for the first network airing of our favorite movie on ABC-TV:

JAWS Quiz – What do you know about JAWS?

So you think you’re an expert when it comes to JAWS, huh? Take this quiz and find out!
A special thanks to the following contributors:

Andrew Burrows

Matt Mittenthal


Lauren Laver

Jim Schmaltz

Questions 1-8 and initial inspiration provided by Andrew Burrows

1. Robert Shaw also had a part in another Benchley-inspired film. Name
the film, and who were Shaw’s co-stars in the movie.

2. Richard Dreyfuss later had a role in which his character was asked a
question relating to the “Jaws” script. Who was the actor asking the

3. How many of Spielberg’s films has Richard Dreyfuss appeared in?

4. In Benchley’s original novel, Quint perishes in a different way to
the one in the film. How?

5. Complete the following quote;

Quint: “You got…………………all your life.”

6. In which movie does Roy Scheider play the role of brother to Dustin
Hoffman’s lead?

7. Why does Hooper want Brody to “go to the end of the pulpit” when they
first see the shark?

8. What is the name of the “floating asylum” upon which Hooper intends
to spend several months at sea?

Questions 9-13 provided by Matt Mittenthal

9. What does Quint want a case of for hunting the shark?

10. What state was the license plate from in the tiger shark’s stomach?

11. Of what nationality was the man who beat Quint in the arm wrestling
tournament in San Francisco?

12. How old were the kids at the karate school who were “karate-ing” the
picket fences?

13. Complete this quote: “At home ………… brung him!”

Questions 14 and 15 provided by LisaCat28

14. What was the name of the boat, that Brody, Hooper, and Quint were on?

15. What was the name of the girl that broke Hooper’s heart?

Questions 16-27 provided by Lauren Laver

16. In the beginning of the movie, what were the Cassidy’s last words before
passing out?

17. What were Brody’s sons’ names?

18. At dinner, what kind of wine did Brody open first?

19. What was the “clinical” term for Brody’s fear of water?

20. Peter Benchley appeared in Jaws as who?

21. According to Mayor Vaughn, what does Amity mean?

22. According to Hooper, how big was the tooth that he pulled out of Ben
sunken boat?

23. Fill in the words to this song: Farewell and adieu…again.

24. What were Quint’s estimates of the shark’s weight and length?

25. When Quint was on the Indianapolis, what day was it that he ran into a
buddy of his from Cleveland who was bitten in half below the waist?

26. When on the Orca, who was the last person singing as the shark attacked?

27. How many Jaws movies were there, and where did each take place?

Questions 28-42 provided by Jim Schmaltz

28. Name the local fisherman killed by the shark.

29. How many people are killed by the shark? Who are they?

30. How long is Hooper going to be aboard the Aurora?

31.What kind of shark dismantled Hooper’s boat when he was a young boy?
Bonus points if you know the length of the shark!

32.What noise startles Brody after Quint tells the Indianapolis story?

33. What kind of shark was the first to appear at the Indianapolis
disaster, according to Quint? Again, bonus points if you know
the length. And another bonus point if you remember how Quint
says you measure a shark when you are in the water.

34. How many times was the shark harpooned?

35. What song is Sean Brody singing before Alex Kintner is killed?

36. What do the Mayor and coroner convince Brody to list as Chrissie’s
cause of death?

37. Quint once saw a shark eat a piece of furniture. What was it?

38. What toys from home and what flavor ice cream does Michael Brody
request while in the hospital?

Bonus round: Scars!

39. What kind of shark scraped Hooper’s leg as he was taking samples?

40. What kind of shark scarred Quint’s leg with a flick of it’s tail?

41. What creature bit Hooper in the arm, right through his wet suit?

42. What scar does Brody notice on Quint’s arm?

JAWS Characters: Hooper (Richard Dreyfuss)

JAWS Characters: Hooper

Richard Dreyfuss played Hooper, a ichthyologist from the Oceanographic Institute, who shows up in Amity to complete the trio of heroes facing the shark in the finale. Hooper does an autopsy on the first victim, determining that the shark has made Amity its personal feeding ground. Hooper also realizes that a shark caught by the amateur shark-hunters is too small to be the shark responsible for the killings.

Richard Dreyfuss, an Oscar winner for The Goodbye Girl (1977) and recent nominee for Mr. Holland’s Opus, has had a long and fruitful relationship with Steven Spielberg. In addition to JAWS, Mr. Dreyfuss also starred for Spielberg in Close Encounters of the Third Kind (1977) and Always (1989).

Mr. Dreyfuss has also had a string of successful comedic roles, including Down and Out in Beverly Hills (1986), Tin Men (1987), and What About Bob? (1991).

Next up for Mr. Dreyfuss is a role in Oliver Stone’s film “W” (2009), where he will play Vice President Dick Cheney.

Memorable lines:

“Can you get on the phone and check out these waters? Well … This is not a boat accident. It wasn’t any propeller, it wasn’t any coral reef, and is wasn’t Jack the Ripper. It was a shark.”

JAWS Characters: Quint (Robert Shaw)

JAWS Characters: Quint

Robert Shaw (1927-1978) played Amity’s most colorful character, the Ahab-like Quint, who offers to kill the shark. Quint has a reason to hate sharks; he was a survivor of a harrowing incident during World War II, which he reveals in a chilling scene. The town is initially unwilling to pay Quint’s bounty of $10,000, and instead offers up $3,000, which prompts amateur shark hunters for miles around to take to the seas. The townspeople finally give in to Quint’s demands, and he heads out in his old boat, the Orca to do battle with the shark.

Robert Shaw was an accomplished actor, author, and playwright when Steven Spielberg cast him in JAWS. A Best Supporting Actor nominee for A Man For All Seasons (1966), Mr. Shaw had several memorable roles, including the James Bond film From Russia With Love (1963), The Sting (1973) and Black Sunday (1977).

Memorable lines:

“Here’s to swimmin’ with bow-legged women”
Quint’s USS Indianapolis Monologue

JAWS Characters: Brody (Roy Scheider)

JAWS Characters: Brody

Roy Scheider (1932-2008) played Amity Police Chief Martin Brody, who came to Amity along with his wife and two young sons to escape the dangers of being a New York City cop. He gets more than he bargained for when he has to contend with a monstrous great white shark. After several grisly shark attacks, Brody tries to close Amity’s beaches, only to be stopped by the town Mayor, who fears that Amity’s tourism would be hurt by such a move. Finally, the mayor relents and Brody joins the expedition to kill the shark, leading to a final showdown.

Mr. Scheider reprised the role of Brody in JAWS 2 (1978), directed by Jeannot Szwarc.

Mr. Scheider has had a number of memorable roles in addition to JAWS. He was nominated for Best Supporting Actor for his role as Gene Hackman’s partner in William Friedkin’s The French Connection (1971). He was also nominated, this time for Best Actor, for his tour de force performance in Bob Fosse’s All That Jazz (1979). In later years, Mr. Scheider starred on the NBC television series SeaQuest DSV (1993-1995).

Mr. Scheider passed away on February 10, 2008. He has two films slated to be released in 2008 – Iron Cross and Dark Honeymoon. He also recorded the narration track for the upcoming JAWS documentary The Shark is Still Working (2008). He will be greatly missed by the JAWS community.

More JAWS Sounds

MP3 Sounds courtesy of Eddie McCormack

All Gonna Die (Hooper)
Amity Means Friendship (Vaughn)
Bad Hat Harry (Brody)
Bigger Boat (Brody)
Black Eyes (Quint)
Bowlegged Women (Quint)
Buster Browns (Vaughn)
Chief of Police (Brody)
Choke On It (Quint)
Chum Some (Brody)
City Hands (Quint)
Drowning (Ellen)
Drunk Enough (Brody)
Farewell and Adieu (Quint)
Not a Boat Accident (Hooper)
Not Drunk (Cassidy)
Shark is Not Working (Dreyfuss)
Paper Doll (Quint)
Half Assed Autopsy (Vaughn)
Yaaahhd (Ellen)
Sharkin (Quint)
Ten Thousand Dollars (Quint)
Tiger Shark (Hooper)
What Happens (Hooper)

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