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MFF Sea Beast Week: The Great White Shark in ‘Shark Night 3D’ is Crazy Fast

July 27, 2018

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When watching Shark Night 3D (2011) for the first time I didn’t think about how a great white shark could overtake and eat a jet skier going at least 50 MPH. After my forays into random data analysis and podcasts about cinematic jet skis, I started thinking about how fast the shark had to swim to get past its prey, turn around and jump out of the water. Great white sharks can get up to 35 MPH for short bursts, and cinematic sharks like the ones in Deep Blue Sea can get up to 45 MPH. However, this shark had to swim much faster than 45 MPH, and it had to sustain the speed for 82 seconds to get ahead of its victim and prepare for the attack. Most will say this is impossible (it is), but, in the Shark Night 3D world sharks are crazy smart and reach speeds thought impossible. The following breaks down the jet ski moment and figures out how fast the shark had to swim to kill the unlucky college student.

The kill is towards the end.

Here is what I know:

  1. The scene takes place towards the end of the movie when Blake (Chris Zlyka) is trying to get his one-armed friend Malik (Sinqua Walls) to a hospital via a jet ski. Malik notices that a shark is gaining on them (they are going 40 MPH easily) and decides to sacrifice himself to the shark, so Blake can get away. The problem is that Blake comes back to save his friend (he doesn’t) and quickly realizes he needs to speed away to escape the bullet-shark. A chase ensues!
  2. The length of the chase is 102 seconds.
  3. The guy (Blake) is riding a 2010 Yamaha Waverunner FZS that is capable of a 68-70 MPH top speed.
  4. It could only have been the great white shark because the hammerhead was dead, the tiger sharks were in a cage, and the bull shark was busy in the mangroves killing another unlucky college student.

Fastest shark in cinema history.

Here are my assumptions:

  1. Blake has a 20-foot head start on the shark.
  2. Blake’s top speed was 50 MPH on the jet ski (73.3 feet per second).
  3. The total distance he covered was 7,476.6 feet (in 102 seconds)
  4. The scene is interrupted by a moment in a house involving a dastardly sheriff, but I kept counting the seconds and assumed the scene was happening in real time.
  5. The shark hits 0-60 MPH in 6 seconds and covers 309 feet in that time. You really should see these things swim. They are crazy fast
  6. The shark kept up a constant speed of 66 MPH (96.8 feet per second) for 76 seconds after hitting 60 MPH
  7. The shark passes Blake underwater (it only takes 12.5 seconds) and doesn’t attack because this is a movie and that wouldn’t look cool.
  8. The shark traveled 7,663 feet (in 82 seconds) from the beginning of the chase until the end.
  9. The extra 20 seconds were used to turn around and jump out of the water.

Look in front of you.

Conclusion:

The math based on my assumptions have the great white shark traveling at a maximum of 66 MPH for 76 seconds. This breaks every shark speed record (real and cinematic) ever and proves Shark Night 3D wasn’t messing around when it came to the abilities of its sharks. I don’t think this was the work of two sharks because the other sharks were engaged with other things and I don’t believe they were so smart they could eliminate jet skiers with teamwork. There is no exact way to know how far he traveled on the jet ski, but Its safe to assume that the shark hit at least 60 MPH during the scene which would still break every shark record known to man (and sharks).

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55.5 MPH – Great White Shark – 92 seconds – 7,488 Feet

50 MPH – Jet Ski -102 Seconds – 7,476.6 Feet

Holy Crap!

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