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"Laws Not Jaws: Why Oceans Need Sharks" Comes To Montauk

Courtney File

Montauk Oceans Institute has teamed up with Montauk Historical Society to present Laws Not Jaws: Why Oceans Need Sharks.

The main focus of the unique exhibition is Frank Mundus, a fisherman from Montauk who became an overnight legend, along with his crewmate Donnie Braddick, when the duo caught a 3427 lb. Great White Shark 28 miles off Montauk with a rod and reel. Mundus was the inspiration for Peter Benchley's Quinn character in his book Jaws, which was turned into a major motion picture by Steven Spielberg. Eventually, Mundus turned his focus to the protection of sharks, lobbying for the use of the circle hook and catch-release shark tournaments.

In conjunction with the exhibition, on Sunday, August 11, the Institute will screen Montauk Sharks, a new short film by Tom Garber that "follows the evolution of the public's perception of sharks," at the Montauk Lighthouse.

This 17-minute film aims to educate viewers on the importance of sharks, and how crucial these fish are to the health of our planet. In fact, sharks are actually an endangered species.

The evening will feature a cocktail hour from 7 to 8 p.m., followed by a viewing of the short film, and a Q&A with Garber.

The event is open to the public. So, don't miss the opportunity to see the enlightening short film and a cocktail hour at a spectacular locale.

For those unable to make the special viewing, the Institute will present Montauk Sharks on a daily basis.

The Montauk Lighthouse is located at 2000 Montauk Highway in Montauk. For more information, visit montaukoceansinstitute.org.

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