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EXHIBIT: SURVIVING THE SHARK

After the tragedy of the USS Indianapolis, the United States government put pressure on the military to develop solutions for surviving inhospitable waters. These orders were enacted through improvements in life-saving gear and soldier education. Additionally, during WWII the OSS started a shark research division and began experimenting with deterrent and dispatch technology. Since then experimental technologies have included shark repellent, shark chaser, shark darts, shark pod, and the shark shield, all of which can be seen in the Living Sharks Museum.


SELECTIONS FROM THE SHARK SURVIVAL EXHIBIT


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USS INDIANAPOLIS

“Eleven hundred men went into the water, three hundred sixteen men came out, and the sharks took the rest, June the 29th, 1945...

Anyway... we delivered the bomb.”

-As recalled by Quint, in the film Jaws (1975)

D-Day Victory Exclusive Wrap, also reporting the sinking of the USS Indianapolis (actually sunk July 30th, 1945)

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ORIGINAL NEWSPAPER

THE INDIANAPOLIS STAR - Indianapolis, IN

WEDNESDAY AUGUST 15, 1945

Private Collection - Keith M. Cowley

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SURVIVORS

Only 317 of 1197 men survived the sinking of the USS Indianapolis in 1945. Those who made it into the water endured four days of exposure, injuries, dehydration and the constant fear of shark attack.

Less than a dozen survivors are alive today. These photos boast original autographs from living survivors and their rescuers.

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ORIGINAL AUTOGRAPHS & PHOTOS

SURVIVORS OF THE USS INDIANAPOLIS

COURTESY: USS INDIANAPOLIS SURVIVORS ORG

Private Collection - Keith M. Cowley

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SHARK DARTS

Two different styles of Shark Dart in the Living Sharks Museum collection. Developed initially for the Navy to protect soldiers and Apollo astronauts, Farallon Industries produced a small number of designs for the public market in the early 1970’s. Fitted with a CO2 cartridge, the needle would deliver a lethal burst of gas when injected into the attacking shark, immediately offsetting it’s buoyancy.

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SHARK DART TECHNOLOGY

Farallon Industries CA - 1970’s

Private Collection - Keith M. Cowley

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SHARK SHIELD

Developed in Australia by SeaChange (now Ocean Guardian), this Shark Shield scuba unit casts a three-dimensional electric field around the diver that successfully deters sharks, including Great Whites. Many divers prefer this unit still to the newer units because of ease of access to the unit’s power and larger diameter of field. This design was the next step evolution after the successful Shard Pod, proven by Ron & Valerie Taylor.

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SHARK SHIELD TECHNOLOGY

DIVE01-0002 Scuba Unit, developed by SeaChange

Private Collection - Keith M. Cowley


MORE TO COME…

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