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Anatomy of a Shark Bite

1 rating: 1.0
A movie directed by James Younger

Shark! Just the word itself invokes fear and dread. But what is it that causes these vicious man-eaters to attack? This question and many more are answered in the incredible survival story, ANATOMY OF A SHARK BITE. On April 9, 2002, celebrated behavioral … see full wiki

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Director: James Younger
1 review about Anatomy of a Shark Bite

Basic, But Entertaining and Slightly Informative.

  • Feb 25, 2007
Originally produced as a special on Animal Planet, ANATOMY OF A SHARK BITE is an examination of what happens to a person when they are bitten by a shark. After having his left calf muscle torn from his body by a bull shark, Dr. Erich Ritter wanted to recreate what had happened to him. I guess it was something the guy needed to do to get some closure (though some have speculated it was for financial gain). ANATOMY OF A SHARK BITE exams what happened to Ritter and what he and his team discovered in recreating the accident.

The production value of ANATOMY OF A SHARK BITE isn't as high quality as many documentaries. It has a kind of a hand-held, homemade feel to it. For some people, that is an issue. Personally, I didn't mind it as much. Since this was a made for cable special, the announcer also repeats himself quite a bit, recapping what happened and what is going to happen. Once again for me, this wasn't an issue because I knew the show was made for tv, but some people will find the repetitive announcing annoying because without it the film could have been shorten by about 20-30 minutes.

These minor annoyances do not get in the way of the research of the exploration. Through various techniques and devices, from robotic sharks to baited food, the shark team is able to discover how much pressure an average bull shark uses in one bite, why a shark is able to cause so much damage, the basic pattern before a shark attacks, why Dr. Ritter was bitten, and what could have happened if circumstances would have been different. Some of the information seems obvious. For example, even though sharks have a bite equal to a human they are able to cause much more damage because of their teeth, the violent shaking of their head, and the speed in which they approach prey. However, some of the information is new, e.g. the actual pressure of that an average bull shark exerts in one bite. Whether the information seems obvious or whether it is new, doesn't really matter because the shark team in the video approach the entire event in a scientific way.

I watched ANATOMY OF A SHARK BITE in a science class that I substitute taught. The film illustrates the importance of the scientific method, provided some new information about sharks, and kept the students interested the entire class period. I enjoyed the film as well and learned a couple of new facts. Those who have a high degree of knowledge about sharks might not enjoy the film, but it is an interesting piece for the laypeople.

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