Spielberg Expresses Regret For ‘Decimated Sharks’ After ‘Jaws’

American director Steven Spielberg “really regret” sharks have been “decimated” after the success of his film Jawsreleased in 1975, he explained on the BBC on Sunday.

This film tells the story of a man-eating great white shark, which preys on bathers at a resort town on the east coast of the United States. The local police chief goes hunting for the animal with the help of a marine biologist and a shark hunter.

“I really regret that the shark population was decimated because of the book and the movie. I really, really regret it”said the director on the BBC.

He was interviewed on the radio show Desert Island Discs in which guests tell what music, what book and what luxury item they would take to a desert island.

Asked how he would feel on a desert island surrounded by sharks, he replied: “It’s one of the things I always fear“. “Not to be eaten by a shark, but that the sharks kind of resent me for the crazy sportfisherman feeding frenzy that happened after 1975.”

Hundreds of endangered shark species

According to a study published in the journal Nature last year, the global shark population has declined by 71% since the 1970s due to overfishing.

The Shark Conservation Fund, meanwhile, says that 36% of the 1,250 species of sharks and rays recorded in the world are currently threatened with extinction. Researchers have accused the film Jawswhich was hugely successful and terrorized generations of swimmers.

Steven Spielberg, also known for his works AND, IndianaJones, Jurassic Park, spoke on this show about his partly autobiographical film The Fabelmans. This film tells the story of his childhood and his introduction to cinema in post-war America. He described it as “a 40 million dollar therapy”.

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