National Geographic : 1955 Aug
Calypso Explores for Underwater Oil The sharks were sniffing at the whale. Saout and Raud got down on the diving plat form and jabbed at them with boat hooks. The cook threw out some garbage, and the sharks gobbled it. We swung the cage off the stern and se cured it while two divers entered with cam eras. They were going to hang from a half inch cable with 12,000 feet of water under them. It was not necessary to discuss what to do if the cable parted. They knew. There were two possibilities: to sink with the cage and be crushed by pressure, or to bail out before it reached 300 feet and make their way to the ship through the sharks. As the cage went down, the men with boat hooks flailed away joy ously, smashing the A Paleon sharks on the head as Bagged and labeled wit: mens from the they lined up for the means from th whale. It was a big bat tle in the war of men against sharks, and the men were ahead for once (pages 177-179). With engineer Andre Laban I dived to photograph the scene. To shoot without inter ference of cage bars, we kept the door open and held out the camera with head and arms exposed. The door opening is three by four feet. It hinges upward on the inside and must be tied up while one is filming. The man in side was ready to cut the lashing if a shark made for us. The sharks turned up toward the whale with their mouths open and sniffed along the flanks for a good bite. Underwater I could not see the pikemen buffet ing them from the plat form, but would see a graceful shark suddenly writhe and break off when he could stand it no longer. One swam past the side of the cage, turned quickly, and drove his snout smartly against the bars. The cage shook, and Laban and I looked up at the cable. It held all right. We were raised to the ship. Since life was not yet extinct, Dumas got out his rifle and gave the coup de grace to the whale with a bullet. Their Prey Dead, Sharks Attack It was the signal for the sharks to attack in frenzy. The prey was dead, and they would not be denied. They set their teeth in the whale at the water line, with their flat noses above water, and shook their bodies like ter riers to loosen the flesh. The voracious sharks seemed completely tologist Pores Over Calypso's Rocks h the ship's exact position and date of discovery, speci Persian Gulf arrive in a London laboratory. British Petroleum ('o., Ltd.