MythBusters: Season 3, Episode 18

Jaws Special (17 Jul. 2005)

TV Episode  -   -  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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Peter Benchley ...
Himself (archive footage)
John Callahan ...
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Stuart Cove ...
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Frank Doyle ...
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Matt Hooper (archive footage)
Rodney Fox ...
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Police Chief Martin Brody (archive footage)
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Quint (archive footage)
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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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While the build team talks about the shark head they built, the completed shark cage can be seen in the background. In the next segment, we see Adam building the cage from scratch. See more »

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Host: [talking about the actual "barrels" that they borrowed from the movie Jaws] We're allowed to use them so long as we don't burn them, blow them up, or lose them.
Salvatore Belleci: Has he not seen the show?
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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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