Ron Taylor, a frequent visitor to Indonesia and a world-famous underwater cinematographer, died on Sunday, September 9, 2012, at the age of 78.
Rob, together with his wife Valerie Taylor, is credited with creating riveting underwater film footage used in numerous documentaries and blockbuster features films. Among their most recognized works are the terrifying underwater shark attack sequences used in the 1975 Hollywood blockbuster Jaws.
Ironically, the Taylors frequetly bemoaned the negative light the Jaws epic cast on the reputation of sharks, underwater creatures they held in great esteem. Throughout their careers, Ron and Valerie dedicated themselves to documenting the shark as majestic animals worthy of man's respect and protection. As a result, they worked tirelessly to publicize and stop the wholesale slaughter of sharks merely for their fins taking place in Eastern Indonesia and other areas.
Both Ron and Valerie Taylor are recipients of the Member of the Order of Australia, bestowed for their work in conservation.
Ron Taylor had battled cancer during the final years of his life. Prior to his illness, both Taylors were frequent visitors to Bali and Indonesia where they were awed by the rich bio-diversity of the waters of eastern Indonesia. During those visits they dived extensively in remote areas of the archipelago, including Komodo, where there dive sites named in their honor.
Ron is survived by his wife, Valerie, who he first met at spearfishing competitions in the 1950s.
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