Scott with sufing film maker Dick Hoole.
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 gave 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 divers blind-spot underwater. (More info follows below).
The museum had many young back packers from Europe, and of course ‘sharks’ are the topic most wish first-hand information about.
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.
SHARK FINS. 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 fillets.
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