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Monday, July 09, 2012

200 years before "Jaws", shark attacks captivated us all:

Watson And The Shark by John Singleton Copley, 1778

The above painting is actually a depiction of a real-life event. It portrays the swimmer, London merchant Brook Watson being attacked by a shark off Havana, Cuba, when he was 14 years old. As a result of the attack Watson lost his leg. I first saw a picture of this painting in an art magazine back in the '80s. Copley, as an artist, did a magnificent job capturing the facial expressions of all his subjects: the surprise, horror and desperation of the swimmer, and the utter helplessness of the sailors in the rowboat watching the tragedy unfold. I can't imagine what it would be like doing the backstoke and looking up to see a 1,000 pound hungry shark 2 feet away. Sucked to be him.

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