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Mechanical shark from Jaws goes from junkyard to museum



Surf Culture

The shark from Jaws was sitting in the SoCal sun for many, many years

Surfersvillage Global Surf News, 11 February, 2016 - After 25 plus years rusting and bleaching in a junkyard just outside of Los Angeles, Bruce a robotic shark is headed to a museum. “What does this have to do with surfing?” Is a question you might ask.

In case you forgot, on  June 20, 1975, Steven Spielberg's Jaws opened in theaters across the country, starring Roy Scheider, Richard Dreyfuss, Robert Shaw and a newcomer to the screen: Bruce the mechanical shark. 

Bruce the shark became a bit of a legend, haunting our dreams and surf sessions while inspiring such characters as the animated Bruce from Finding Nemo. In fact, it could be argued that this mechanical shark is responsible for the world's collective, irrational fear of sharks and of going into the ocean.

KUNC Reports that the last surviving animatronic Bruce will be placed in a new movie museum in Los Angeles being built by the folks behind the Oscars. The shark was loaded by crane into a crate this week and shipped across town where museum workers will try to make room for it.

So while we reflect on Bruce and the impact he's had on all ocean-going activities, let's enjoy some Jaws trivia courtesy of Wikia...

The shark was originally called "Bruce" by film crew members in reference to Steven Spielbergs lawyer, Bruce Raynor, fans tend to prefer using the nickname as an official moniker.

Bruce, the great white shark featured in the animated Pixar film Finding Nemo also named after the shark.

The American Film Institute ranked "The Shark" as the eighteenth best villain in American film history in their list of the 100 greatest heroes and villains.

Sharks, Jaws, Pop Culture, Surf Culture, Animatronic, Machines
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