ADULT EASTERN ROCK LOBSTER, PETER KEMP

Peter Kemp 1963

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Peter Kemp found this beaut crayfish (now called rock lobster) while competing in a spear fishing comp at Norah Head. It would have weighed about 8 kg.

While it is an offense to take tiny lobsters, the same rule applies to large east coast lobsters!

The big ones are now protected. It was all so much more simple in the Happy Days of diving.

FIRST SHARK ENCOUNTER

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January 1964 at Kangaroo Island, South Australia. These young guys from Maroubra, Sydney were on a big adventure, attending the Australian Skindivers Convention (a spear fishing competition in those days).

Spearing fish, attaching these to a float towed somewhere behind you on the surface was the advised practice for \rock hoppers,\ without a boat.

A whaler shark seems to have chewed the tail off a dusky morwong and given the team some cheap thrills.

Col Boomer (second from right) became a champion at the sport later. These were the early days not only for skindiving but for each of us. Our own version of Happy Days.