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From the stern of **Peter Bristow’s** game fishing boat \Avalon\ my documentary film shows tiger sharks ‘recycling’ a 1006 pound black marlin.

The location was the Ribbon Reef’s east of Cooktown, and north of Cairns, Queensland.

A dozen or more large sharks including a few bull sharks, several tigers and lone oceanic whaler shark were caught on film with my pole camera co-designed by Peter Bristow.

Peter Bristow had been seeing big tiger sharks feeding at sea behind the ‘mother ship’ for weeks. He suggested over the phone this would be a safe way of me getting good scenes.

Big Game Fishing – A Rich Man’s Sport

We had expected it to be an ‘at night’ feeding pattern, after large marlin are weighed at the ‘mother ship’.

The ‘mother ship’ is where angler’s sleep, eat and relax after their day in the smaller game boats. An angler’s charter might last one or two weeks, at several thousand dollars per day.

The main shark filming action occurred on a wonderful calm day in bright sunlight. Superb conditions.

The above stills were taken with a Nikon F. The still picture below is from the actual 16mm – with greatly increased film grain as a special effect (on the still only).

Nobody entered the water that day. The sharks were far too active.

(One small eight foot tiger is shown racing at speed toward the underwater movie camera then biting it. An interesting lesson learned and seen repeated years later. Underwater film producer Ben Cropp had his head in a similar position to the camera with a stray tiger rushing toward him from behind).

With tiger sharks, I have learned there can be one that behaves differently to the \pack’s pecking order\ in the feast.

One that might be the shark that bites a human without the usual pre-checks. With a few friends in the water the hazard should be minimized. If working alone it’s a different situation.