The White Shark
The shark (Bruce) was the antagonist in the Jaws film franchise and was the collective name for a reoccurring group of supposedly mutated Great White Sharks thought to be closely related genetically.
This particular incarnation of the shark was depicted in the film Jaws released in 1975. In addition, there were slightly similar looking designed sharks depicted in follow-up sequels (J2, J3D, and JTR respectively). However, the shark design as depicted in Jaws, is by far the most respected variant among aficionados of the film franchise.
Interestingly, it has never been agreed upon as s of sharks featured in each of the four films in the franchise.
Because the shark was originally called ‘Bruce’ by film crew members in reference to Steven Spielberg’s lawyer, Bruce Raynor, knowledgeable fin fans tend to prefer using this as an official moniker.
A hollow, static copy of “Bruce” from the film was discovered in a junkyard years later, and is in essence a fourth “Bruce” pulled from molds for the mechanical shark used in the production of the film. Serious fans of the film have christened this rare find, “Junkyard Bruce”, or JYB.
Appearance and behavior
Bruce was around 25 feet long and weighed around three tons. Oddly, the shark had noticeable jowls, a feature it also shared with other great whites that appeared in the film franchise. The shark could easily bite through a leader on a fishing line made of steel piano wire, and smashed the hull of the ORCA with its great strength.
Bruce’s behavior was unique. While normal great whites hunt seals and fish such as tuna, Bruce preferred the taste of human flesh. There were no patterns to the shark’s attacks, and it did not hesitate to attack swimmers by night or day, though Matt Hooper believed the shark
The shark also was clever enough to lure its pursuers (Brody, Hooper and Quint) into more open waters where it had the advantage of speed and strength. It also knew it could incapacitate the ORCA by disabling the hull.
In Jaws, Bruce first appears (unseen) and attacks swimmers.
Bruce was destroyed in its last attempt to devour the crew of the ORCA (Just couldn’t wait for the ship to sink). The shark’s remains then sink to the seabed.