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Return of the Orca Wants to Rebuild the Boat From Jaws – /Film

The Orca, the famous boat from Jaws, is approximately to rise from the depths yet again – and for a great cause, to boot. Online Jaws groups Making the Monster and The Daily Jaws are teaming to raise funds to restore a Nova Scotia lobster boat currently called Lydia and change it into a replica of the boat that Quint, Brody, and Hooper headed from to stop the shark that was plaguing Amity Island. But this new Orca won’t be used to hunt sharks. Instead, it’s being made for “researching marine life and helping people better understand the varieties of shark species in the area around Martha’s Vineyard including great white sharks.”

Return of the Orca

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Here’s a very good fundraiser from Jaws enthusiasts Making the Monster and The Daily Jaws. The plan is to rebuild the Orca, the boat owned by ornery fisherman Quint in Steven Spielberg’s classic Jaws. The boat will be called Orca III, since two Orcas were built for Jaws (the one surviving boat from the film in the course of time was destroyed due to neglect).

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The project is teaming with Wendy Benchley, the widow of Jaws author Peter Benchley. Wendy Benchley is on the board of directors of Beneath The Waves, “a non-profit organization dedicated to promoting ocean health and focusing on threatened species conservation, who will use the new Orca as part of its mission offering expeditions for the organization’s researchers.”

Also involved: Jaws production designer Joe Alves and Mathra’s Vineyard local Chris Crawford, who refitted an existing boat back in the ’70s to create the original Orca. Alves and Crawford will work as a team to create the new boat, with Crawford in charge of the physical recreation with a team of expert boat builders while Alves will provide design plans and art direction to make the new Orca look as close to the film version as possible.

Of the project, Austin Gallagher, Ph.D., and CEO and Chief Scientist for Beneath The Waves, said: “The get back of the Orca represents an evolution of the mission which is why that craft was built. In the classic film, she was a vessel for destruction. Now she’ll be a part of the preservation and study of the marine world we at Beneath The Waves have been centered on for the last many years in the Northwest Atlantic.”

This is definitely an altogether commendable project. Rather than just making another fan-based documentary about Jaws, of which there are several, that is about both recreating something iconic from the film and also using that recreation for a noble purpose. Now, if you’ll pardon me, I’m going to launch my own fundraiser to rebuild the undersea lab from Deep Blue Sea, and fill it with genetically-modified sharks.

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