How terrified were you to dip your toes in the ocean after you saw Jaws for the first time? Unfortunately, the lies perpetuated by Jaws didn't just scare you, they actually sparked a shark-hunting frenzy that decimated the shark population worldwide - and it still hasn't recovered. The Hollywood blockbuster changed our perception on sharks, making people needlessly terrified of these terrific animals.
True, sharks do kill people, but it's an absurdly tiny number. You're more likely to die falling out of bed than you are to be killed by a shark! And, they're a vital part of our world. You definitely don't want to see what our planet looks like without them.
There's no denying that Jaws is awesome, but it's responsible for some ridiculous shark myths, and the attitudes presented in the film caused some serious ecological harm which has taken decades to repair.
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