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.

Correct date: 10 November 1968 on North Stradbroke Island, Queensland.

(1974)

1976

Benchley visited Australia in 1975 to make a promotional documentary for the movie "Jaws". He dived with sharks and was in danger with a 95% fogged-up face mask while close to a pair of large feeding tiger sharks less than one meter from his head.

Benchley visited Australia in 1975 to make a promotional documentary for the movie “Jaws”. He dived with sharks and was in danger with a 95% fogged-up face mask while close to a pair of large feeding tiger sharks less than one meter from his head.

 

First tests with the chain-mail suit detailed in this booklet, self published in 1981 by Ron and Valerie Taylor.

First tests with the chain-mail suit detailed in this booklet, self published in 1981 by Ron and Valerie Taylor.

 

Surfing magazines educate readers on hazards. It has not stopped sharks biting surfers and even their boards. Western Australia has clocked up many fatal bites since this issue went on sale in 2000.

Surfing magazines educate readers on hazards. It has not stopped sharks biting surfers and even their boards. Western Australia has clocked up many fatal bites since this issue went on sale.

 

The shark that divers did not know was there. The Coral Sea and a harmless leopard shark.

The shark that divers did not know was there. The Coral Sea and a harmless leopard shark.

 

Photographed in 1983 at Marion Reef (The Coral Sea) before the official discovery that 'sharks did not need to keep moving'.

Photographed in 1983 at Marion Reef (The Coral Sea) before the official discovery that ‘sharks did not need to keep moving’.

 

Manta rays are popular with sharks - as food.

Manta rays are popular with sharks – as food.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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