Thursday, 9 August 2012


Sawtell N.S.W.
Wally Gibbins had a skin diving career that spanned the Pacific Ocean.  He salvaged non ferrous metals from Japanese war ships in deep water, often using high explosives contained within the ships the blow them open.  Today tourist dive companies regard his outstanding career as being vandalism.  Spear fishing was a hobby in which he excelled at a time when few others were anywhere near matching his skills or exploits. Also a keen shell collector his knowledge was admired by academics of this field, especially when he found hundreds of Gloria maris, the rarest sea shell in our part of the world. The large 'shoulder gun' was useful, Wal explained his tequnique. 'tuck the butt under your arm thus allowing a particularly fast horizontal swing to be made underwater - i.e. when aiming at fast swimming large fish'.  Many friends were unable to load one of Wal's large guns.

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