MythBusters: Season 3, Episode 18

Jaws Special (17 Jul. 2005)

TV Episode  |  TV-PG  |   |  Documentary, Mystery
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Shark strength myths - destruction of a shark cage, catching a shark with piano wire, submersion of barrels, pulling and ramming a boat. Scarring a shark by punching. Blowing up a scuba tank.


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Episode credited cast:
Himself - Host
Himself - Host
Himself - Builder
Himself - Builder
Herself - Builder
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Peter Benchley ...
Himself (archive footage)
John Callahan ...
Stuart Cove ...
Frank Doyle ...
Matt Hooper (archive footage)
Rodney Fox ...
Himself (archive footage)
Narrator (voice)
Police Chief Martin Brody (archive footage)
Quint (archive footage)
Sean Van Sommeran ...


Do sharks lose interest in attacking if punched on the nose or jabbed in the eyes and gills? Adam and Jamie put it to the test. Jamie goes overboard to tussle with some fearsome fish. And a scuba tank experiment so dangerous, the FBI are brought in. Written by Anonymous

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During the program one of the strength tests was to test piano wire no.12 to see how much pressure it can withstand before it snaps. One of the hosts states that this scene was in the book and was filmed for the movie Jaws. He is wrong, it was never in the book. See more »


Kari: The "Sharammer"!
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References Jaws (1975) See more »

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Entertaining but flawed
6 August 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

A very entertaining show with a great premise, but let down by one simple fact.

The shark in Jaws was huge. Maybe the only myth they should have busted was that Great Whites don't grow that big.

Unfortunately, ignoring the shark from the film, and instead going on an "average" Great White, means that most of the "Myths" are busted because real sharks aren't as strong as the shark depicted.

This just made the whole show a bit of an anticlimax for me. I wish they had scaled up to the Jaws shark and tested the myths for it.

All in all some great background to Jaws, but all a bit predictable after they go with real-life sharks.

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