Jaws! – Bruce The Sharky


My pal Jak Castro sent me this:



The shark is from the Universal Studios park. It was being redone so the skin was off the face. There are multiple sharks all the time. FYI- There was a special code when one of the sharks had an issue- “Fish out of water.” Everyone in tech services would come running because without the shark, the JAWS portion of the tram would be down, and without the JAWS portion the tram wasn’t the same. We would then get complaints which wasn’t acceptable from our president. So when anyone in tech heard the code fish out of water, it was the same as saying a jetliner is headed for our building.





JAWS Shark in the trees – Junkyard Bruce – March 2, 2015

As I understand it, there were 4 sharks built from the original mold used to create the shark in JAWS.

The first three were destroyed.

One remains. This one was never used in the film, rather it was a prop at Universal Studios that you could pose with. It ended up in this junkyard in the San Fernando Valley. In true Hollywood style, he has a strict “NO PHOTOGRAPHY” policy.




This photo was taken at Universal Studios.

You yell barracuda, everyone says, “huh? wha?”




4 thoughts on “Jaws! – Bruce The Sharky

  • February 1, 2021 at 10:54 pm

    I worked in a hospital in Glasgow , Scotland called The Victoria Infirmary ( closed in 2015 ). In one of the wards i worked in there was a doctor , a relative of actor Robert Shaw. She has a ‘ blink and you’ll miss it ‘ cameo in one of the beach scenes where the little Kintner boy is killed by the shark while on his inflatable.

  • January 19, 2020 at 7:49 am

    Great post! I’m obsessed with these sharks from the movie and the park rides. Lifetime JAWS fan! Sad to see one of the sharks in trees in a junkyard. Seems some wealthy collector would want to display it in an indoor environment.

    • January 22, 2020 at 1:19 pm

      The shark in the tree was obtained by the Academy Of Motion Picture Museum where it was restored to be put on display. It looks really good now.

    • September 29, 2020 at 8:52 am

      I am too!!! I’ll even admit my heart starts racing when I see a picture…

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