National Geographic : 1962 Apr
Net basket brims with bearded oysters a few feet above the floor of the lagoon. With a tug on the rope, the diver signals the boat tender to haul up the container. Hunters make one to a dozen dives at a spot, depending on the number of shells large enough to harvest. Diver with prized find, a shell dressed with antler coral, rises toward the surface. He rejects the basket lift lest it crush the delicate branches. Disturbed sediment speckles the lagoon's depths. With bare hand, a diver wrenches loose a lime-en crusted shell. He wears face mask but no Aqua-Lung.