SHARK CONSERVATION (1969) – ‘one small step for mankind’

Tiger shark feeding on a stingray ‘burley’ – no hooks.  A joint filming and photography exercise with Ben Cropp  AM.


The Grey Nurse shark was first species to be given protection.  Big Seal Rock  NSW

Spearfishing convention, Kangaroo Island, South Australia 1963 – three weeks after his stitches were removed.Soon to become a celebrity shark bite diver. “Revenge of a Shark Victim” was a documentary filmed by Ron Taylor, (1965)

Sharks saved by a rough cesarean operation. Sandra Greentree inspired her friends this day at North Stradbroke Island, Queensland.  John Harding was filming sharks for NHK (Japan) TV.
PIX magazine was first to publish this shark saving story.

POWERHEADS (1965-1967)

At last there was self-defense against sharks.  Power heads which detonated cartridges upon impact were fitted to hand spears then to spears.  Grey Nurse sharks were easy targets at first.  Faster swimming Bull sharks and other whalers presented a challenge.  Confidence to explore the sea came with these devices but soon explosive power heads were causing accidents and became more dangerous to be near than sharks would ever be.

Large fish were not excluded from power head tests either.  Giant groper would have been numerous victims.