How Realistic Are Shark Attacks in Movies?

By

In Vulture’s video series, Expert Witness, we ask scientists, historians, and other professionals to give Hollywood movies a good old-fashioned fact-check.

Sharks get a bad rap in Hollywood. They’re always chomping up beach goers and scuba divers, when in reality, there’s only around six shark-related deaths per year. But when those attacks do happen, do they look anything like what we saw in Jaws or Sharknado? We sat down with shark expert George Burgess to see how often filmmakers nail the specifics of a shark attack.

Watch Now

  1. The Afterparty Cast Will Get That Edwin McCain Song Stuck in Your Head
  2. A Send-Off for Search Party
  3. Henry Winkler Demonstrates Why He’s a Better Acting Teacher than Gene Cousineau
  4. Taylor Garron and Chanel James Made a Whole Movie From Separate Homes
  5. Matthew Rhys Walks Us Through Getting Humped Off a Bed
  6. Sam Richardson Is Daddy and He Is Familiar (With Guns)
  7. Tom Stourton’s Face was Not Allowed to Play Edward Snowden
  8. Elijah Wood Is Just a Really Nice Guy, Honestly
  9. Michael Ian Black Owns a Robot Car
  10. Allow Selling Sunset’s Mary Fitzgerald to Convince You to Move to L.A.
  11. Meeting the Greatest Band You’ve (Maybe) Never Heard Of
How Realistic Are Shark Attacks in Movies?