9 pop-culture sharks that keep us out of the water

From social-media sensation Left Shark, to Bruce, lasers and "Jaws," these sharks swim in the murky waters of pop culture.

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1. Left Shark: Of the two costumed predators bookending the singer Katy Perry during her Super Bowl halftime show in January, his dance moves were far scarier.

2. Land Shark: Candygram! Because of this “Saturday Night Live” character created by Chevy Chase in the 1970s, we’re all a little more wary of opening the door for strangers.

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3. Bruce: What’s more frightening than an addict who falls off the wagon? This Australian great white with the creepy voice from the Pixar film “Finding Nemo” was in recovery (“fish are friends, not food”), but all it took was one little whiff of blood to get him back on the fish train.

4. Sharks with frickin’ laser beams attached to their heads: Who wouldn’t run in fear from these mutant creature dreamed up by Dr. Evil (Mike Myers) from the “Austin Powers” movies?

5. The brainy sharks from ‘Deep Blue Sea': “The sharks got smarter,” and when they did they started snatching scientists off platforms with reckless abandon.

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6. ‘Sharknado': The popularity of this relentlessly horrible B-movie schlockfest, about sharks caught up in a waterspout and dropped among the residents of Los Angeles, is scarier than just about anything. It made “Snakes On a Plane” look Oscar-worthy.

7. The shark from 'Happy Days': Ever since the Fonz (Henry Winkler) caught air on water skis and flew over a shark during this '70s sitcom, TV shows have been deathly afraid of “jumping the shark” and landing on a path to irrelevancy.

8. The Sharks from 'West Side Story': Seriously, they would cut you. Or at least dump paint all over you.

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9. ‘Jaws': It was back in theaters for 40th anniversary screenings earlier this week, and it’s still the reason we’re scared to go back in the water.

— John Staton, Wilmington StarNews