Dan Bruines
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Original Hunters, Shark Hunters

Portrayed by

Ben M


Jurassic Shark

Jurassic Shark II: The Retribution

Jurassic Shark III: The Revolution




Bradford Cul-De-Sac

Dan Bruines was one of the primary characters in the film Jurassic Shark, in which he was one of the film's main protagonists. Dan was largely responsible for gathering many of the people together to join the hunt for the original shark. Despite his apparent demise, he later returns in Jurassic Shark II: The Retribution, having survived his encounter with the shark in the first film, and joins the Shark Hunters in their battle against a trio of new sharks.

Dan returns to cameo in Jurassic Shark III: The Revolution. He is portrayed by Ben M.

Jurassic SharkEdit

Dan Bruines makes his debut in the Jurassic Shark film when he is sent by Chase Landon, who realized the predicament of the shark in the walking trail, to find Drake Matthews, a kid who is a shark expert. Dan manages to find out that the shark is a great white shark, and he invites Drake to go searching for people to come on the hunt with him. The two invite Billy Trenton and Cooper Culman. Afterwards, Dan and Drake have a meeting about the hunt with Nate Williams and Billy. As the meeting begins, Chase confirms his participation in the hunt as well.

The following day, the hunt begins, and the shark is immediately found in the walking trail. Chase, Dan and Drake climb a slope to escape from the shark, and Dan retreats to find everyone else while Chase battles the shark. After the brief battle, Chase and Drake find Nate, who states that Dan had seen the shark heading for his cul-de-sac neighborhood, and they set off to find it, yet they are unsuccessful. On the next day, Dan continues on the hunt with Chase, Drake, Anna Shelby and Alexa Murray. Dan splits up from the rest of the hunters and begins searching on his own, and is not seen for several days until Chase asks Billy if he'd seen Dan. Drake is sent by Chase to look for him, to which Drake finds Dan lying in the bushes, being pulled off by the shark to be eaten.

Jurassic Shark IIEdit

In the film's sequel, Chase reveals that Dan survived his ordeal with the shark from the first film, and that he's been recovering from his injuries. Outside of the film, it has been confirmed that Dan was living elsewhere for a time, likely traumatized by his nearly-fatal encounter with the shark. He later decides to surprise Chase by returning to the cul-de-sac, as him and his parents returned to visit someone in a nearby neighborhood. Dan chose to meet with his old friends, although he had been unaware of the Retribution Incident. 

Dan first appears in the film when he returns to the cul-de-sac during the chaos in which the sharks are freed by the InGen employee. He is greeted by a bike gang in the cul-de-sac, before heading to Chase's house and obtaining a broomstick to use as a weapon. He then meets Russell and Gabe, and as the two walk off, he gets involved in a duel with the Bull Shark. Eventually, he fatally stabs the shark through the head, and it dies. Afterwards, he is said to have met with Chase, who decided to make sure that the Bull Shark was dead while Dan searches for Eddie, who also dies soon after. As Dan searches for Eddie, he finds Quinn, who hopes to stop the park from opening. As Dan explains how he doesn't know what he's talking about, Chase arrives and says that the Bull Shark escaped, and in that moment the Bull Shark assaults Quinn. Dan and Chase retreat, with Dan believing that they should save themselves. 

Later, Dan allies with Brett to fight the Hammerhead Shark behind Chase's house. After battling it for several minutes, they hide inside a recycling bin, which the shark can't fit its head through. As Brett crawls out of the bin, the shark kills him, having been above the bin. Dan, horrified, runs off to find Chase. After finding him, they split up to search for the Hammerhead. Quinn calls Dan on his walkie-talkie, much to his surprise, and tells him to come find him. Dan finds Quinn behind Chase's house, missing an arm and holding a gun. Quinn explains his motives on wanting to kill Dan and Chase, and he holds Chase hostage. Despite attempting to sacrifice himself, Quinn chooses to kill Chase first, but he is shot dead by Russell. 

Afterwards, Chase, Dan and Russell regroup with Gabe and Jimmy to fight the Hammerhead Shark at Chase's swingset. For some reason, Dan disappears during the battle, and is not seen for the rest of the movie. However, it is confirmed that he survived the Retribution Incident. Like his fellow Shark Hunters, Dan's future and reputation have both become uncertain. 

Jurassic Shark IIIEdit

With the public now aware of the InGen employees and their sharks, the Shark Hunters were scattered apart, with Russell and Gabe leaving the organization, while Chase, Dan and several other people sought to keep the group together. As several years go by, there are no signs of the employees, keeping the public at peace and the Shark Hunters at a high level of uncertainty. 

In 2016, Chase organized a meeting with two of the remaining Shark Hunters - Dan and Jimmy, behind their elementary school. Fearing the employees may return at any moment, and also ashamed of all the people he's brought into the group only for them to die, Chase apologizes to Dan and Jimmy and expresses his desire to step down from being the leader of the Shark Hunters and disband the group entirely. Dan and Jimmy greatly oppose this, but Chase doesn't listen, and he departs from the scene. 

Contemplating the situation, Chase looks down at Bradford Cul-De-Sac until Dan walks over to him and persuades him to keep the group together because there may still be something they have to fight for. With the support of Dan and Jimmy, Chase eventually agrees, fortifying the Shark Hunters once more. 


  • Originally, the character's name was Mike Bruines. 
  • The character's name was created by Ben M. 
  • In Island of Doom: Jurassic Park, Mike was based off of Alan Grant. 
  • Ben M, the actor for Dan Bruines, was very reluctant to film the first movie most of the time, as he was annoyed by the other actors while he got in various fights with Jon M, the actor for Chase Landon. Eventually, the character was killed off entirely. When the second film began production, Ben was more interested in being in the film, and so his role was expanded. 
  • Ben M was initially set to return as the character in Jurassic Shark III: The Revolution in what would have been an extended role. This would have also made him the only character to appear in all three Jurassic Shark films, although the day after Billy Trenton was confirmed to return, LordStarscream100 confirmed that he was not going to be appearing. This was a result of Ben M's lack of communication with LordStarscream100 about the film. 
Jurassic Shark III: The Revolution characters

Former Shark Hunters

Russell GriffinGabe ReynoldsBilly Trenton

New Hunters

Owen HawkinsLogan Shaw


SimonMarcus CallumKeith DouglasRainer Koffman • Various InGen Employees
Jurassic Shark Film Series characters

Shark Hunters

Chase LandonRussell GriffinGabe ReynoldsEddie JacksonNate WilliamsDan BruinesBrett NelsonCarter PhillipsJimmy ClarkQuinn Freeman


SimonMarcus CallumJackman

Original Hunters

Billy TrentonDrake MatthewsCooper CulmanJeff StantonAnna ShelbyAlexa Murray

Other Characters

Kyle BlakesMax AndersonOwen HawkinsLogan Shaw

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