(via Jaws: Behind-the-Scenes Photos from the Hectic Shoot - Photo Essays - TIME)
This tiger shark, shipped from Florida and hoisted up on a dock for one scene, went bad quickly. “Like any rotten fish times 800 lb. [360 kg], it really reeked,” said screenwriter Carl Gottlieb. “If you look closely at the faces of the crowd in that scene, you can see people struggling not to gag. It was horrible. The decomposition was not just internal. The shark had to have makeup applied to cover its decaying face. It was like a zombie movie.” In this photo, a makeup artist moistens the shark’s quickly drying skin.