Big wave painting titled \’Scott’\ by Helen Evans
Aged eighty, **Scott Dillon** grew up on Bondi Beach where his father was a member of the surf life saving club. Scott was spear fishing about five years before a younger **Wally Gibbins** entered the sport.
For five dollars admission, Scott gives a personal commentary and guided tour of his museum. Located just off the Pacific Highway, about 7 km north of Coffs Harbour. A pair of highway signs mark the exit.
On occasions I’ve heard Scott speak of the **divers blind-spot underwater.** (More info follows below).
The museum has many young visitors from Europe these days, and of course ‘sharks’ are the topic most wish reliable first-hand information about.
News coming through via the international media (apparently compiled by non-diving journalists) can be confusing if all is taken as fact.
One internet story from Florida this week showed an aerial picture of one thousand sharks near a beach, yet sharks are supposed threatened with extinction.
Some also believe that shark fins must be ‘hacked’ (not cut) from a live shark.
That’s a distortion used by the fund-raising groups.
Sharp knives **slice** fins from more often-than-not already **dead sharks**.
In many countries it is a fisheries law that fins can only be removed on the dock where the entire shark is to be processed. Victorians are great consumers of small shark (sold as ‘flake’).
The largest selling ‘fish’ at (Woolworths – Burleigh Heads, Queensland) is a shark! The Blue Pointer sold as Mako shark.
Blue pointer also called Mako is an open ocean, species identical in shape to a White pointer except with different teeth.
The species is also commonly caught in New Zealand and northern Taiwan’s blue ocean.
I suspect the body meat is processed into fake crab sticks, fish balls and other disguised ‘seafoods.’
Closer to the Australian coast, the often reported Vanishing Grey nurse shark, has some new information to be considered.
Between the years (1970 to 1983) was the worst periods of drought in history. This was when the shark numbers declined.
The possible link between loss of natural food washing into the sea and the non-breeding – possible relocation could be investigated.
This wouldn’t have been good news value initially. The threatened extinction line being more news worthy.
Everyone’s mind is already made-up. Shark de-finning happens only to live sharks and the valuable meat is thrown away (at least to feed other sharks, crabs, worms and fish, but we won’t mention this), and there’s only 500 Grey nurse left in the world – although nobody can count those in very deep water, so pretend they are not there.
**CROCODILE UNDERWATER in old CEYLON**
In this slightly-less-than two minute video, I ask Scott to tell of his underwater encounter with a huge crocodile in Ceylon back in the 1950’s. Scott and a mate had eight months of professional spear fishing at that time. The reefs were virgin territory then.
A huge croc swam between them and fortunately just kept going. A couple of days later it was netted and inspected by police who discovered the remains of a missing man inside.
(Pictures used to illustrate this tragedy are from a similar incident).
**SCOTT’S BONDI BEACH CLOSE CALL**
(Shark pictures featured with this story taken elsewhere).