Shark filmmaker Ron Taylor dies


This video says about itself:

WORLD FIRST UNDERWATER Great White Shark 1966

Ron Taylor and Henri Bource captured the same snapping shark scene from different angles. Ron with his camera submerged near the surface got the best sequence. Henri underwater in a cage was being bounced around by the swell. The result was a ‘WORLD FIRST. The location was Dangerous Reef, South Australia. Four years later, “Blue Water White Death” film crew arrived, with Ron and Val Taylor to capture new scenes of the Great White shark in Techniscope format.. About the same time Henri Bource released his feature length documentary “Savage Shadows”, in 35mm.

Another video which used to be on YouTube was called Oceanic Whitetip Sharks segment from “Blue Water White Death” (1971).

It said about itself:

This is the segment from “Blue Water White Death” (1971) were the divers swim in open water with Oceanic Whitetip Sharks whilst the sharks were actually feeding on a dead whale. The divers are: Ron & Valerie Taylor, Peter Gimbel and Stan Waterman.

From Australian Geographic:

Vale Ron Taylor: shark filmmaker dies

Legendary shark filmmaker and conservationist, Ron Taylor, has died at the age of 78.

LEGENDARY SHARK EXPERT and Australian Geographic Lifetime of Conservation awardee, Ron Taylor has died at age 78.

Ron Taylor – who had battled myeloid leukaemia – began his love affair with the ocean in the 1950s, when he regularly spearfished. However, his interest in spearfishing was almost equalled by his love of underwater photography. He won his first award for photography was in 1962, when the Encyclopaedia Britannica recognised his film, Playing With Sharks.

In 1963, Ron and his wife Valerie produced their first major underwater film, Shark Hunters, which was shot in black and white and sold to Australian and American television. Ron and Valerie produced a library of spectacular underwater action footage used by many film directors for projects such as Blue Water, White Death, Blue Lagoon, and, most famously, Jaws.

During the filming of Blue Water, White Death, the couple left the safety of their cage and swum among dozens of sharks feeding on a whale corpse. The amazing documentary footage shows Ron, Valerie and the rest of the team in amongst the horde, becoming one of the pack. Valerie recalled that time, saying they had to teach the sharks respect in “a few frantic minutes.”

Ron Taylor: remembered for his contribution to shark knowledge

The couple spent a lifetime working with marine creatures, but their work with sharks has been truly extraordinary. For over 50 years, they have helped to dispel some of the myths that surround these misunderstood animals.

Despite not being trained as scientist, the naturalist couple made many contributions to the understanding of shark behaviour. Ron and Valerie are credited with being the first people to film sharks by night, and putting to rest the myth that sharks need to constantly keep moving.

They were also the first people in the world to film great white sharks without the protection of a metal cage when, in 1992, they trialled a new electronic shark repelling barrier during the filming of the National Geographic series Blue Wilderness in South Africa.

Ron’s [activities] extended to the conservation and protection of sharks. Over the years he helped shut down two mining operations in the Coral Sea, lobbied the Queensland Government and National Parks and Wildlife Service to have the potato cod of Cormorant Pass near Lizard Island protected and filmed numerous education films.

Both Ron and Valerie have also been honoured with the Wildlife Preservation Society of Australia’s Serventy Conservation Medal, and Ron was made a member of the Order of Australia in 2003.

Ron’s body of work leaves us with a spectacular view of the oceanic wonders of the world. His film and photographs shed light on the murky depths and its predatory creatures, not to spread fear, but to promote respect, knowledge and love for the wonderful animals of the deep.

Lemon sharks ‘learn’ skills by watching each other: here.

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