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R.Marlin Perkins – host of TV show in USA “Wild Kingdom” at Saumarez Reef in 1971. Cameraman Ralph J Nelson hired me to pick up 16mm underwater shots (cut-a-ways). We worked The Swains and then Saumarez. Sea snakes and sharks were the agenda. Almost did a night dive with a 22 foot Tiger shark under the boat. Ralph called it off at the last-minute – we were all geared up with tanks on our back, in the dinghy and ready to drop over the side into the darkness. Maybe Ralph was playing chicken to see who’d crack and complain first? He called it off at that point. Fortunately.

R. Marlin Perkins in The Coral Sea at Saumarez Reef (1971) for "Wild Kingdom"  © John Harding

R. Marlin Perkins in The Coral Sea at Saumarez Reef (1971) for “Wild Kingdom” © John Harding.

 

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