MARINE MODEL (KATHY AT MARINELAND, SYDNEY)
January 11, 2011 § Leave a comment
(Top) Sunfish captured off Sydney’s North Head by Australian spear fishing champion Vic Ley who was paid well for it, equal to about $4000 today.
Sunfish have a huge dorsal fin that is regularly mistaken as belonging to a shark. A fisherman raced over to Vic’s boat to warn him of the giant shark, before he raced away in his own boat. Vic double-checked ‘the shark’ and speared it through a fin and then towed it to nearby Marineland, much to the delight of public relations manager Helen Verstak.
Much of Marineland’s early stock of sea creatures were speared by divers, especially Wally Gibbins
The diver with spear gun is journalist Mike Perry who interviewed Kathy regarding her deep dive. His story as published in Sydney’s former tabloid evening newspaper The Sun is included elsewhere within this blog.
(Above) Kathy worked at the original Marineland, in Sydney, since renamed OceanWorld, even more popular today by offering for a fee, dives with the toothy but not deadly sharks.
The one-piece swimsuit featured in YouTube’s video has a nice cut – would be well received on the beach today. Lotte aged about 20. Born in 1928 puts the film at 1948 approx. It appears to have been a ‘screen test’ possibly the first film story featuring Lotte, perhaps before they were married? Lotte dives well and looks good with a trim figure and blonde flowing hair.
Charlotte (“Lotte”) Hildegard Hass (née Baierl) (born November 6, 1928 in the Brigittenau district of Vienna) is the second wife of the Austrian naturalist and diving pioneer Hans Hass and worked as an underwater model and actress in several of his films. (Source http://en.wikipedia.org)