One of Steven Spielberg's earliest hits, Jaws, is basically about a shark that's out for blood, literally and figuratively. But, while sharks can and have killed people in the past, they don't necessarily do it because they want to do it. Contrary to popular belief, sharks and plenty of other apex predators don't hunt for sport - they're too busy conserving their energy so they can hunt food when they need it.
So, for everyone who thought negatively about sharks because of Jaws, Spielberg wants to extend his apologies.
Spielberg revealed in a BBC interview that he regrets playing a part in the "decimation" of shark populations because of the popularity of the 1975 film as well as the book that inspired it, saying:
That's one of the things I sitll fear-not to get eaten by a shark, but that sharks are somehow made at me for the feeding frenzy of crazy sport fishermen that happened after 1975, which I truly, and to this day, regret the decimation of the shark population because of the book and the film.
What we know about sharks today is very different from what Spielberg and the author of the novel of the same name, Peter Benchley, knew back then. Over the years, we've learned that sharks are not blood-thirsty killers. Despite this, global shark populations have declined at a rapid rate over the past 5 decades and it's showing no signs of improvement.
Speaking of Spielberg, after spending several years as the director, he's now serving as the executive producer of two upcoming blockbuster films. Transformers: Rise of the Beasts and Indiana Jones and the Dial of Destiny are scheduled to premiere on June 9 and June 30, respectively.