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Just when you thought it was safe to go into the Museum – we will be showing a special screening of the classic Spielberg film Jaws on Friday 1st November 2019 at 7pm.The film will be screened underneath the 21 metre fin back whale skeleton in the Museum’s Whale Hall. While the film Jaws remains a great thriller – still able to give audiences a fright over 40 years after being made, it did not paint sharks in the best light. It is thought that the book and subsequent film affected the number of large sharks, particularly along the north-east coast of the USA.  Sharks and their relatives are fascinating animals, and despite their portrayal in the film, they do not hold grudges against people. People are far more of a threat to them, and many species are threatened or endangered.

We are excited to announce that Dr Helen Scales will be giving a talk about sharks before our screening of Jaws on November 1st. Helen is a marine biologist, writer and broadcaster. Her career includes broadcasts on BBC Radio 4’s The Infinite Monkey Cage and The Museum of Curiosity, and she presents the Earth Unscrewed podcast. Her popular science books include Eye of the Shoal; Spirals in Time and Poseidon’s Steed. Helen is an engaging and entertaining speaker with great enthusiasm for life in the oceans.

Will you see Jaws in the same way again?

Screening: Friday 1 November. Doors open 7pm for a 7.30pm start. Tickets £15 + booking fee. Booking essential:

Screening at the Museum of Zoology by Star and Mouse Picture Show