National Geographic : 1955 Aug
© National Geographic Society 179 Kodachromes by Louis Malle and (above) Andre Laban Flickering Shafts of Sunlight Play upon an Underwater Drama of Shark vs. Whale "From below the scene was aerial," writes the author, "with the zeppelin hulk of the whale rolling in a cloud of blood turned yellow by the sea's filter. In the stratospheric blue, sharks circled like jet planes. They slid past the cage, staring at us with their terrible lifeless eyes. To film without interference of bars, we kept the yard-square door of the cage open and, with head and arms exposed, held out the camera." * Upper, left: Remoras, or shark suckers, became dislodged from their hosts during the fray and fastened them selves on Calypso's hull. Suction discs enable this live remora to cling to the back of crewman Maurice Leandri. Below: Tugging like terriers, two sharks tear chunks of blubber from the dead whale.