MARINE MODEL (KATHY AT MARINELAND, SYDNEY)

January 11, 2011 § Leave a comment

Valerie Taylor with the sunfish captured by Vic Ley.

Sunfish captured by Vic Ley.   Val Taylor is the fine model.                 © jhh

Kathy at left gives some basic tips.

Kathy at left gives some basic tips.

 

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Newly found negative (November 2014)

Newly found negative (November 2014)

Kathy in the Marineland tank 1969

Kathy in the Marineland tank 1969

Vic Ley caught this sunfish for Marineland off the northern entrance to Sydney Harbour.

Sunfish captured off the northern entrance to Sydney Harbour.

(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

Helen Verstak PR at Marineland 1968

Helen Verstak  (younger sister of Tania) Marineland PR who purchased the sunfish.

Dr Hans Hass visited Marineland and met Kathy - who he later had lunch with. "O was about equally excited with meeting Dr Hass as I was when meeting The Beatles" (1964) said Kathy in 2013

Dr Hans Hass visited Marineland and met Kathy – who he later had lunch with. “I was about equally excited with meeting Dr Hass as I was when meeting The Beatles” (1964) said Kathy in 2013

 

 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.

A dangerous silky whaler shark, captured and displayed in Marineland when Kathy was employed as a diver.

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)

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Charlotte Hass "Lotte" frames from her screen test.

Charlotte Hass “Lotte” frames from her screen test.

Maybe a deep water species?

Maybe a deep water species?

Queensland groper "Butch"ran the tank.

Queensland groper “Butch”ran the tank.

Divers wore black as much as possible.

Divers wore black as much as possible, take care when feeding turtles – powerful jaws.

Shovel nose shark

Shovel nose shark

 

Collage of 1975 pictures

Collage of 1975 pictures, at the time Grey nurse sharks were rare ‘in the wild’ due to a severe drought. By 1986 their numbers dramatically increased almost overnight.

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