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Man shark fishing

Date: c 1957
Sheet: 505 x 405 mm
Image: 305 x 455 mm
Overall: 505 x 405 mm, 0.06 kg
Medium: Silver gelatin photographic print on fibre base paper
Credit Line: ANMM Collection
Object Name: Photograph
Object No: 00019116
Place Manufactured:Ceduna

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    Man onboard 28 foot cutter VICTORY fishing for great white sharks off South Australia. This is one photograph in a series taken by photographer David Potts.
    SignificanceThis photograph provides a graphic and dramatic account of big game fishing.
    HistoryThis photograph is one in a series of 54 black and white prints forming a photographic essay on angling for great white (or white pointer) sharks off Ceduna, South Australia.

    The series depicts Alfred Dean, a farmer from Mildura, a fishing friend of Dean's, Tom Cooper, and the owner of VICTORY, Ken Puckeridge, in the series. Dean held the record for the largest fish landed by rod and reel, by catching a man-eating great white weighing 2536 pounds (1150kgs) in the waters of the Great Australian Bight. The series documents Dean, Cooper and Puckeridge hunting seals for bait on reefs near Ceduna. The seals are shot, hauled back to the boat where the blubber is removed and sewn around the chain connecting the thick hooks and woven wire trace. The liver is removed to bait the razor sharp forged hooks. The seal carcasses are hung from the aft platform of the launch. The scent trail of the seals is supplemented by whale oil dripping from a can over the stern of the launch. This is supplemented with a can of putrid steers blood which mingles with the whale and seal oil.

    As seen in this photograph, once the bait is set Puckeridge is seen struggling with a great white on the line. The shark is eventually brought to the side of the boat. The series includes detailed shots of sharks, seals, hooks, bait, as well as dramatic action shots of battling a great white.
    Additional Titles

    Primary title: Great White shark fishing

    Web title: Man shark fishing

    Related People
    Photographer: David Potts

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