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A Soldier Had A 'Jaws' Moment During Record-Breaking Row

A soldier had a 'Jaws' moment while simultaneously breaking the record for rowing across the Atlantic Ocean. Like who could actually do a face to face with the known 'Jaws' monster of the waters. A shark would definitely be the last one you want to be part of your trip.

So how did this all happen, and what is a soldier even doing in the water? Let us find out.

The Soldier's Attempt

Jack Davis smiling while taking a selfie and sailing on his boat
Jack Davis smiling while taking a selfie and sailing on his boat

During his attempt to break the world record for rowing across the Atlantic Ocean while also raising over 62,000 pounds for charity, a British soldier experienced an experience reminiscent of the movie Jaws. After setting sail from Portugal in December, Jack Jarvis, 28, found himself navigating shark infested waters as he attempted to break the world record.

The arduous journey from Portugal to Miami took 111 days and was completed by Southampton native Jarvis, who is now the first person to row the entire distance between the two countries. Except for close encounters with a shark and a raucous blue marlin whale, the 59th Commando Regiment soldier from Southampton, Hampshire, was absolutely alone. By rowing the 4,500 nautical miles from Portugal to Miami, Florida, Jack became the first person to accomplish the feat.

The Soldier's Mission

The logo of the Braintrust charity for cancer patients
The logo of the Braintrust charity for cancer patients

This journey was actually dedicated to his grandfather. Jack wants to raise money for the organization Braintrust, which provides assistance to those who have been diagnosed with brain tumors and cancer. In addition to this, he has been responsible for the astounding sum of £62,265 that was donated to Braintrust. He was motivated to do this after the untimely death of his grandfather in 2007 from a brain tumor.

Even though he traveled the entire distance by himself, he was visited by a few dangerous creatures at various points along the road.

The Soldier's Encounter

A screenshot of Jack's encounter with the shark using his GoPro camera under the water
A screenshot of Jack's encounter with the shark using his GoPro camera under the water

Despite the fact that he was traveling alone, he encountered a few sharp-toothed visitors along the way. The 28-year-old man, who completed his voyage just a month ago, gave the following statement to the Daily Star regarding it:

I saw some incredible wildlife... a marlin, a shark. It was a white tip oceanic shark. I was rowing along and I saw this fin in the water, it was almost like a Jaws moment you know. You see it stalking the boat, it was really exciting. So yeah it was stalking the boat, I stuck my hand in and was able to get some good pictures of it. I got my GoPro and stuck my hand in the water and everyone's been like 'you're mental'.

Friends have dubbed him insane for extending his arm into the water to film a shark that had been chasing him. Like who would do that right. He also added:

But I thought as long as I could keep my eye on it and I didn't lose sight of it, I felt pretty safe because I thought if it comes closer than I like then I'll just bring my hand up out of the water and I'm safe on the boat. It hung around for about five to 10 minutes and then shot off. It's probably not often a shark sees an ocean rowing boat so it was as surprised to see me as I was to see it.

Fortunately, the shark's interest in Jack proved to be harmless, but the soldier, who is already planning his next crazy challenge, felt even more scared when an unexpected bump caused his boat to rock. It was yet another memorable encounter with wildlife, which was undoubtedly wondering what on Earth a man doing alone in the middle of the Atlantic was doing.

As previously reported by the Daily Star, Jack was only eating freeze-dried meals at sea, so when he arrived in Miami after 111 days, he wasted no time in making up for missed calories. He said:

My first meal was a burger and chips which was incredible and then I washed it down with two chocolate milkshakes, a bottle of Corona and a can of Coke so a bit of a weird combination drinks wise but it tasted amazing.

It is no doubt that people would be terrified to see such sea creatures during their trip. But you may wonder what the movie 'Jaws' is all about.

The 'Jaws' Film

The official logo of the shark film Jaws
The official logo of the shark film Jaws

Jaws is a 1975 American thriller film directed by Steven Spielberg and based on Peter Benchley's 1974 novel of the same name. A man-eating great white shark attacks beachgoers in the film, prompting police chief Martin Brody (Roy Scheider) to chase it down with the help of a marine researcher (Richard Dreyfuss) and a professional shark hunter (Robert Shaw). Lorraine Gary plays Brody's wife, while Murray Hamilton plays the mayor. Benchley authored the early drafts of the screenplay, while actor-writer Carl Gottlieb reworked it during main photography.

Jaws was the first major movie picture to be produced entirely on location on Martha's Vineyard in Massachusetts, and as a result, it had a difficult production, going over budget and behind schedule. Because the art department's mechanical sharks frequently malfunctioned, Spielberg chose to use an eerie and minimalist theme produced by composer John Williams to foreshadow the shark's approaching appearances. This suggestive method has been compared to that of director Alfred Hitchcock by Spielberg and others. The film's distribution by Universal Pictures on over 450 screens was an unusually wide release for a big studio picture at the time, and it was backed by an intensive marketing effort that focused heavily on television advertisements and tie-in items.

Jaws was the classic summer blockbuster, widely recognized as a watershed moment in film history, and it received numerous prizes for its soundtrack and editing. Until the debut of Star Wars in 1977, it was the highest-grossing film. Both films were essential in developing the present Hollywood economic model, which seeks big box-office returns from action and adventure pictures with simple high-concept premise, released in thousands of cinemas throughout the summer, and highly publicized. Jaws was followed by three sequels (without Spielberg or Benchley) and other imitative thrillers. It was chosen for preservation in the United States National Film Registry by the Library of Congress in 2001 as culturally, historically, or aesthetically important.

People Also Ask

Was A Real Shark Used In Jaws?

They needed to make the scenario in the cage with Hooper (Richard Dreyfuss) look real, so they engaged experienced shark photographers to snap photographs. The sharks, on the other hand, appeared to be too little.

Is Jaws Actually A Good Movie?

Jaws is one of the best films ever made, not because of its technical achievement at the time, but because of Steven Spielberg's ability to take a ridiculous notion and turn it into something terrifying. Jaws tells the simple story of a twenty-five-foot great white shark terrorizing Amity Island's civilians.

Was Jaws Based On A True Story?

No, Jaws is not based on a factual story. It is based on the novel of the same name by Peter Benchley. The author of Jaws has a lifetime fascination with sharks and says he got the idea for the novel after hearing about a great white shark caught by fisherman Frank Mundus in 1964.

Conclusion

After raising almost 62,000 pounds for the Brainstrust charity, Jack now has a couple of weeks during which he may spend time with his family and friends before reporting for duty in the military. It may sound absurd but some people are so willing to risk their lives for the sake of many.

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