We’re Gonna Need a Bigger Blog: The Best Sharks (and Other Large Sea Creatures) in Books, Movies and TV

jawsAh, summer. The time of year when the sun is out, the temperatures rise and the beach is calling. But just when you thought it was safe to go back in the water… SHARKS!

If you’re anything like me (or definitely my brother), Steven Spielberg’s classic Jaws, based on Peter Benchley’s novel of the same name, kept you out of the ocean for many years. Even the classic Universal Studios ride was enough to produce nightmares!

There’s something about a massive sea creature with sharp teeth and those eyes that strikes just the right amount of terror in unsuspecting swimmers worldwide. As Discovery Channel celebrates Shark Week, its annual programming block of all things shark-y, we’ve rounded up some of the greatest Great Whites (plus other sharks and large sea creatures) found in books, movies and more.

Old ManClassic Fiction
These epic quests pit man versus beast on the open water.

  1. Moby Dick
  2. The Old Man and the Sea
  3. Meg

indianapolisTrue Stories
Sometimes true events are more chilling than fiction.

  1. Indianapolis: The True Story of the Worst Sea Disaster in U.S. Naval History and the Fifty-Year Fight to Exonerate an Innocent Man
  2. Open Water
  3. Soul Surfer: A True Story of Faith, Family, and Fighting to Get Back on the Board

Free WillyKid-Friendly Movies
These flicks show that not everything in the ocean is scary…

  1. Shark Tale
  2. Free Willy
  3. Finding Nemo/Finding Dory

deep-blue-seaGrown-Up Movies
…but most of the time it is, as best portrayed on the silver screen.

  1. Deep Blue Sea
  2. The Shallows
  3. Sharknado/Sharktopus/Dinocroc (and all the others…)

street sharksTV Series
A world of oceanic adventure awaits on the small screen.

  1. Flipper
  2. Street Sharks
  3. Planet Earth/The Blue Planet: Seas of Life

Have a great summer…and watch out for sharks!

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