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He’ll need a bigger apology.

Steven Spielberg has admitted he regrets the bloody impact his 1975 blockbuster Jaws had on the shark population.

“I really, and still do, feel sorry for the destruction of the shark population because of the book and the movie. I really, really regret it,” Spielberg, 75, said during an interview with Lauren Laverne on the BBC’s “Desert Island Discs”.

Laverne asked the director what it felt like to be stranded on an island surrounded by sharks, prompting the three-time Oscar winner to reply:

“Not to be eaten by a shark,” he explained, “but the sharks are kind of mad at me for the crazy sportfisherman feeding frenzy that happened after 1975.”

The Oscar-winning thriller, based on Peter Benchley’s best-selling novel of the same name, tells the story of a man-eating great white shark that devoured the inhabitants of the fictional New England island of Amity.

Steven Spielberg regrets “the destruction of the shark population” as a result of the film.
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Underwater view of great white shark
The sharks became a target for fishermen who wanted to highlight their bravery after the film premiered, according to researcher George Burgess.
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Researcher George Burgess told the Florida Museum in 2016 that the sharks had a target on their fins shortly after the film was released.

“When the movie came out, there was a collective testosterone rush that went up and down the East Coast of the United States,” he said, explaining that the anglers thought it was a way to show their bravery by catching a shark, while tournaments began to appear. to catch sharks.

Benchley previously shared his regrets about writing the novel, which has sold nearly 20 million copies, according to The Independent.

“What I know now, which I didn’t know when I wrote Jaws, is that there is no such thing as a rogue shark that develops a taste for human flesh,” the author told Animal Attack Files. in 2000. “Nobody: appreciates how vulnerable they are to destruction.”

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