The octopus have not killed anyone lately – which is a wonder. It was almost an annual event years ago.  A common resident of Sydney Harbour these tiny octopus will kill a man with their bite.  The ‘victim’ dies quickly.  It is obviously very unwise to handle a live Blue Ring octopus.

The rings glow bright blue on the legs as a series of tiny disc-shaped circles rather than rings around the entire leg.

A science-themed story is contained in our FATHOM magazine No.3

RON TAYLOR World Spear Fishing Champion 1965

Ron Taylor AM in 1965

Ron Taylor speared fish in the Capricorn and Bunker Group off the Queensland coast using Wally Muller’s Riversong as a mother ship. (Below) Ron Taylor and a Cook Island snapper at Tweed Heads in 1964


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Sydney tabloids 1960’s

I did very well selling my latest shark pictures and stories to Sydney newspapers. All went well until a features editor changed my description of a dangerous shark to now read “like a guided missile of terror with murder in it’s heart”.

I gave it away for years after receiving an apology in writing from the features editor who had been on holiday when my copy was changed. My reputation in tatters, I imagined in 1977.

So much for trying to write factual shark information that was not considered exciting copy, even with excellent pictures.  Newspapers were chasing sales and they always will.  This needs to be considered before attacking them.   The same rule applies to ‘tabloid’ TV documentaries’ which are full of errors in more often than not.

Campaigns to change Chinese culinary customs (eating shark fin soup) are going to be expensive and very difficult.   As world seafood declines the processing companies find uses for shark to replace ordinary fish. Surimi is shark processed into fish balls and crab sticks.

The picture (above left) was published in The Sun, a Sydney tabloid newspaper.  Same shark both pictures.