Captain Wally Muller
|Leopard shark – manta ray combo|
|Leopard sharks on sand at Sleepy Hollow|
|Shovel nose sharks residents at Sleepy Hollow|
|Whale Rock is between The Group and the Surf Life Saving Club|
|Three of the five manta’s had shark-bite wounds.|
|A very large bite on the right that appears to have become a tear. These were large sharks – four meters long or more.|
Here’s a mixture of pictures selected by PIX (a weekly picture-news magazine in Australia) editors. Once selected I’d be asked to tell a staff reporter like Syd King, Ben Mitchell or later, Jim Oram what it was all about. The magazine paid sufficiently. They were a good crew. Editor Bob Nelson especially. Meanwhile I was shooting 16mm film footage for my future project, a documentary that would enable travel as well as an income. It was a good plan but eventually there was home video which made cinema films expensive for families. (click to enlarge pages).
FATHOM magazine was compiled by divers. For the first time in Australia, dramatic pictures and stories kept accurate by the people who wrote and published the material. All original pages now online for students of the sea. A benchmark to help understand the slow but steady changes occurring in the marine world. From shark hunting of 1963 to the beautiful underwater photo images of today.