This week marks the 38th anniversary of the original release of the movie Jaws. When it first hit the big screen I made every attempt to avoid it. I’d read the Peter Benchley novel. I like to swim in the Pacific Ocean. We have sharks off the coast. I was Not going to see the movie.
Of course, eventually I did, and I am NEVER at the beach that I don’t think of it. NEVER.
As police chief Martin Brody, played by actor Roy Scheider, gets a better look at the shark circling the small fishing boat he’s on, he remarks in an understated tone, “You’re gonna need a bigger boat,” becoming perfect shorthand for bigger than anticipated life situations.
First thing Monday morning I received a message from my primary credit card company alerting me to fraudulent activity on the card. This is the card that gives me Amazon points, so I have every conceivable automatic payment associated with that card.
Last night we had an evening with Internet outages and combined with other interruptions to flow, I wondered…sun spots?
When things get a little crazy, I like to think about other things. So why don’t I tell you about our off-the-coastline Jaws story, just perfect for the movie anniversary.
Southern California has been called a “nursery ground” for mako sharks, but they are typically caught somewhere between 2 and 6 feet long. How about 1,323 pounds–caught off Huntington Beach? That’s a Jaws-worthy shark, don’t you think?
If you’re interested in some photos and a bit more of the story, go ahead and click HERE.
One of the last times we were at Huntington Beach we saw a small shark caught by a gentleman fishing off the end of the pier. There was quite a buzz with people lining up to have their photos taken next to the big guy.
There is a high demand for thresher steak, and over-fishing has led to a dramatic drop in the thresher population. I couldn’t help but feel a little sad…I’m more of a catch and release kind of person.
I didn’t share the photos at the time because for some, seeing a shark in its last moments of life is not very pleasant.
So, here are the photos if you’re interested. Click HERE–they’re not that graphic, I promise.
And whether you look at the shark photos or prefer not to, don’t you still hear that deliciously ominous John Williams’ score playing in your head?
“Doo Dum doo dum doo dum“–scariest two alternating keys in moviedom.
There are so many wonderful things about the Southern California coastline. Just don’t think about what’s under the water–or try not to!
And I do hope your boat is just the right size this week. Mine is getting back in balance. Just a temporary waylay.
PostScript: Here I was so careful to link the thresher shark photos so that viewing them is optional, but I now see they are displayed as the primary photos on my blog page. I don’t know how to suppress the view, so I’m off on another learning curve. If someone wants to hand me the “how to” suppress linked photos from automatically showing, I’d be happy to learn! Sunspots, I tell you!