I could never have written Jaws today. That is not to say that I am apologising. I am not offering redress. I don't atone. It is just that 25 years on we know a lot more about sharks.
We don't just fear our predators. We are transfixed by them. Jaws taps into that fear. That's what has made it so successful.
Man has no right to extinguish any species. A shark is nature at its most perfect. It governs the rest of the food chain. Sharks survived whatever it was that wiped out the dinosaurs. They were around 400 million years ago. My fear has turned to respect.
Peter Benchley is now sleeping with the fishes.
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