THE BEGINNING OF SHARK CONSERVATION
November 24, 2012 § Leave a comment
Private scrapbook 1960s-1970s. These clipping are not the first to be published on this subject in Australia. January 1969. Baby sharks saved and returned to the sea to swim away. At the time, some would have regarded this as an ignorant error. To set the record straight, we did not sit down at a table a decide what was going to be a worthwhile cause. What happened was a combination of things, pictures taken then magazine and newspaper editors coming up with a storyline.
The baby sharks being set free can be attributed to Yvonne Rockman who was standing behind the cameras with her husband, the future Lord Mayor of Melbourne, Irvin Rockman CBE. “Let them go” was Yvonne’s shouted suggestion which was followed. The 16mm camera was rolling and the images were to be first seen in Japan on the national NHK TV station. What the reaction there was, is anyone’s guess.