Credits & Thanks

 

IT IS IMPOSSIBLE FOR ME TO LIST ALL THE NAMES OF THOSE PEOPLE WHO HELPED ME IN MY SHARKS STUDIES THROUGHOUT THE YEARS. MOST PEOPLE HAVE HELPED ME LEARN FROM THEIR WRITINGS IN BOOKS, DOCUMENTS, SCIENTIFIC PAPERS,  REPORTS, STUDIES, ETC.... OTHERS FROM THEIR VIDEOS, FILMS, DOCUMENTARIES, PHOTOS, ETC.. AND ALSO THOSE FROM PERSONAL COMMUNICATION.

MOST DO NOT EVEN KNOW THAT THEY HAVE TAUGHT ME OR HELPED ME OUT IN MY QUEST TO LEARN AS MUCH AS POSSIBLE ABOUT SHARKS.  THIS LIST IS IN BY NO MEANS COMPLETE AND IF BY CHANCE YOUR NAME IS NOT LISTED AND YOU KNOW THAT YOU HAVE HELPED ME OUT, PLEASE CONTACT ME AND I WILL GLADLY ADD YOU ON.

BEING BORN ON AN ISLAND SURROUNDED BY THE BEAUTIFUL BLUE MEDITERRANEAN SEA, IT IS NO WONDER THAT AT A VERY EARLY AGE, MY FATHER, RICHARD, THREW ME INTO THE WATER AND SET THE FOUNDATIONS FOR MY LOVE FOR THE OCEAN. WHEN 3 YEARS OLD, I ALREADY HAD MY FIRST MASK AND STARTED TO VIEW THE WONDERS BENEATH THE WAVES. LATER ON AT THE AGE OF 8, ALONG WITH MY ELDER BROTHER, ADRIAN, I DISCOVERED SCUBA DIVING. 

IN THE EARLY 70'S I SAW THE ALL TIME CLASSIC DOCUMENTARY BY PETER GIMBEL "BLUE WATER WHITE DEATH". I LEARNED ABOUT RON & VALERIE TAYLOR, STAN WATERMAN AND EUGENIE CLARK AND STARTED FOLLOWING ALL THEIR ADVENTURES.

I LEARNED ABOUT THE ENCOUNTERS OF RODNEY FOX AND HENRI BOURCE AND HOW THEIR LIFE CHANGED AFTER THEIR INCIDENTS. I STARTED COLLECTING EVERY PIECE OF SHARK INFO I COULD FIND AND MY SHARK FEVER BEGAN.

THEN CAME JACQUES YVES COUSTEAU, AL GIDDINGS AND JOHN STONEMAN, WHOSE DOCUMENTARIES PUSHED ME TO LEARN MORE ABOUT THE UNDERWATER WORLD.

THEN I JOINED MY FIRST OFFICIAL SCUBA DIVING CLUB, "THE AMPHIBIANS" AND I TRAINED UP TO C.M.A.S. 3 STAR DIVER. IN 1990 I STARTED WORKING IN A LOCAL DIVING CENTRE, AND I BECAME A C.M.A.S. 2 STAR INSTRUCTOR. IT WAS HERE THAT THE "SHARKMAN" NICKNAME WAS GIVEN TO ME BY OUR DIVING GUESTS AND STUDENTS.

MY SHARK RESEARCH NEVER STOPPED AND MY DATABASE WAS INCREASING AT A FAST RATE. MORE SCIENTISTS, WRITERS, RESEARCHERS AND PHOTOGRAPHERS, CAME INTO THE PICTURE WITH THEIR WORKS ....

A. PETER KLIMLEY

ALESSANDRO DE MADDAIENA

ALEX MACCORMICK

BEN S. ROACH

BRIAN MOULD

CEDRIC TISSERAND

DAVID C. POWELL

FRED SUNDSTROM

GEOFF TAYLOR

GEORGE H. BURGESS

GEREMY CLIFF

GIUSEPPE NOTARBARTOLO DI SCIARA

GLENN A. FINES

H. DAVID BALDRIDGE

HANS HASS

JEAN-MICHEL COUSTEAU

JOHN E. MCCOSKER

JOHN WEST

JOSE L. CASTRO

KEVIN DEACON

LEIGHTON TAYLOR

LEONARD COMPAGNO

MARTY SNYDERMAN

MOSES RICHARDS

NOEL R. KEMP

PETER LAST

PETER BOR

PHILIP J. MOTTA Ph.D.

ROBERT E. HUETER Ph.D.

SAMUEL H. GRUBER Ph.D.

A special thanks must go to the following friends for their Constant Support and permission to use their Works, Photos and Designs on these pages.

HENRY F. MOLLET PH.D.

R. AIDAN MARTIN

CARL ROESSLER

CHARLES MAXWELL

CHRIS FALLOWS

JEAN-PIERRE {JOE} HERBER

JEREMY STAFFORD DEITSCH

MARILYN & MARIS KAZMERS

MICHAEL CHR. SCHOLL

RALPH S. COLLIER

RICHARD ELLIS

RODNEY FOX

RON & VALERIE TAYLOR

MIKE NUEMANN

LILL HAUGEN

ALSO ON MY LIST, I WANT TO ADD:
ALL
MY FRIENDS AT THE SHARK GROUP LIST.
ALL
MY DIVING FRIENDS, BUDDIES, STUDENTS
AND TO YOU MY FRIEND....FOR VISITING MY PAGE.

Thank You ALL

The Sharkman

 The Sharkman
Thursday, 14 February, 2013 4:52 AM


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