Shark attack film offers sober footage

In 2002, shark behaviorist Dr. Erich Ritter was filming in the Bahamas – standing in waist-deep water – when a bull shark bit him on the calf and proceeded to shake and drag the scientist like a rag doll. The incident was caught on film, from above and below the water. The Discovery Channel has incorporated the footage into a documentary that attempts to re-create the bite in a studio to determine the forces at work.

Despite ramped-up accompanying music, Anatomy of a Shark Bite avoids Jaws-inspired fiction and offers a captivating view of every swimmer’s nightmare. The film is especially – unfortunately – timely, coming in the wake of several high-profile attacks in June, that of a 14-year-old girl off the Florida panhandle and the killing of a spear fisherman off South Africa by a great white. The latter incident was the second such attack on a spear fisherman in South African waters in 19 months.

The film is part of Discovery’s Shark Week and is available from Discovery Global Licensing and Sony Pictures Home Entertainment.

By Ocean Navigator