When it debuted in the summer of 1975, Jaws was an instant smash that changed movie making, movie going, and beach trips for all eternity. Legions of fans keep the movie’s sales alive to this day. In fact, Jaws is released on Blu-Ray in the UK on Monday, much to the delight of those millions of fans.

If you’re one of those fans, you probably know more than a couple of the items on this list, but I bet you don’t know them all. So let’s get going with 10 Things You Didn’t Know About Jaws.

 

1. The Jaws Shark Ate a Mermaid

If you’re a fan of Jaws, you know the name Susan Backlinie. Susan played the unlucky skinny-dipper Chrissie Watkins, who became the first victim of the shark at the beginning of the movie.  What you might not know is that Backlinie played a mermaid at the Weeki Wachee Springs attraction in Hernando County, Florida.

Backlinie would put on a tail and perform several shows a day in the clear, spring water.

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This article was first posted on August 31, 2012