Wednesday, January 20

Peter Benchley: How the Author of “Jaws” Dedicated the Rest of His Life Protecting Sharks

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  • BBC World News


The movie “Jaws,” based on Peter Benchley’s hit novel of the same name, had a disastrous effect on how people view sharks.

Peter Benchley may have had a tragic and ironic ending on a sunny day in Australia in 1974.

After the extraordinary success of his novel “Jaws”, published that same year, the American writer was participating in a TV documentary about sharks.

During a diving sequence inside a protective cage, a great white shark nearly kills Benchley – by accident.

“Peter was inside the cage and the ship’s crew had thrown horse meat into the water to attract the sharks,” Benchely’s widow, Wendy, told the BBC.

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