Peter Benchley, fully Peter Bradford Benchley

Benchley, fully Peter Bradford Benchley

American Author best known for novels which were adapted for cinema including "Jaws," "The Deep" and "The Island"

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I grew up spending my summers on Nantucket, fishing and swimming, so whereas some kids were into dinosaurs, I was naturally into sharks.

It was a first novel about a fish, so who cares?

The great fish moved silently through the night water, propelled by short sweeps of its crescent tail.

I guess I'm a hopeful optimist, because to be a pessimist is to be suicidal.

It was a first novel, and nobody reads first novels.

The great white shark is, more importantly, endangered as the apex predator among fish.

I had been thinking for almost ten years about telling the story because of a news clip I read about a man who caught a two ton white shark off Long Island.

It's my hope that somehow we'll find a way to make people connect with the need to preserve the oceans and the creatures in them.

The only way to prevent it is to establish enforceable international agreements on limiting catches and establishing marine preserves where fish have a chance to grow up without being killed.

I have been frightened by sharks and moray eels and killer whales and sperm whales, but never hurt.

I've never been hurt by a sea creature, except for jellyfish and sea urchins.

There's nothing in the sea this fish would fear. Other fish run from bigger things. That's their instinct. But this fish doesn't run from anything. He doesn't fear.

After college, I traveled around the world for a year and wrote a book called Time and a Ticket.

I know now that the mythic monster I created was largely a fiction.

Look, Chief, you can't go off half-cocked looking for vengeance against a fish. That shark isn't evil. It's not a murderer. It's just obeying its own instincts. Trying to get retribution against a fish is crazy.

Twenty-five years ago nobody knew much about white sharks.

Brody felt a shimmy of fear skitter up his back. He was a very poor swimmer, and the prospect of being on top of?let alone in?water above his head give him what his mother used to call the wimwams: sweaty palms, a persistent need to swallow, and a ache in his stomach?essentially the sensation some people feel about flying. In Brody's dreams, deep water was populated by slimy, savage things that rose from below and shredded his flesh, by demons that cackled and moaned.

I read very widely, both non-fiction and fiction, so I don't think there's a single writer who influences me.

Maybe. Maybe not. Look, the Latin name for this fish is Carcharodon carcharias, okay? The closest ancestor we can find for it is something called Carcharodon megalodon, a fish that existed maybe thirty or forty thousand years ago. We have fossil teeth from megalodon. They?re six inches long. That would put the fish at between eighty and a hundred feet. And the teeth are exactly like the teeth you see in great whites today. What I?m getting at is, suppose the two fish are really one species. What?s to say megalodon is really extinct? Why should it be?

We have a terrible feeling of superiority and don't really respect the fact that the world's greatest wilderness is at our back door.

Come up fish. Come to Quint.

I then became a freelance writer and worked for whoever would pay the bills. I wrote movie reviews, travel pieces, freelance television work, compiled synopses of the news for newspapers... whatever I could do to earn a dollar.

No, I graduated from Harvard with a major in English in 1961.

We're going to need a bigger boat.

Everything I've written is based on something that has happened to me or something that I know a great deal about.

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American Author best known for novels which were adapted for cinema including "Jaws," "The Deep" and "The Island"