Salina Art Center Salina, KS


Mike Everhart

Author, "Oceans of Kansas: A Natural History of the Western Interior Sea"; Adjunct Curator of Vertebrate Paleontology at Fort Hays State University's Sternberg Museum of Natural History

Jaws— The sharks of Kansas

Kansas is not known for its marine life (or shark-bite risk) today. But 100 million years ago, submerged below the Western Interior Sea, it teemed with sea animals, including several species of sharks. Paleontologist Mike Everhart introduces these sharks of Kansas through the fossils they left behind. Part of the 2018 National Evening of Science on Screen.

Salina Art Center Salina, KS

Film Synopsis

When a gigantic great white shark begins to menace the small island community of Amity, a police chief, a marine scientist, and grizzled fisherman set out to stop it.

When a leviathan of a great white begins making snacks out of the good people of Amity Island, it's up to Police Chief Martin Brody (Roy Scheider), grizzled fisherman Quint (Robert Shaw), and ichthyologist Matt Hooper (Richard Dreyfuss) to capture the killer beast. The physical scars these men boast and brandish seem like paper cuts when compared to the carnage inflicted by the teeth of their intended prey. Will these men have what it takes to reel in the horror that awaits them beneath the waves? One thing is for certain; they're going to need a bigger boat. Now considered one of the greatest films ever made, Jaws won three Academy Awards and spawned three sequels.