|Pilot whale - Yonge Reef 1967|
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The University of Liege Expedition of 1967
a scale that has not been surpassed in 52 years
|De Moor - Algerine class minesweeper.|
|Gorgonian fan coral (1967) transplanted to Low Isles off Port Douglas.|
|Valerie with Wally's giant calms collected for De Moor|
|Ron with Crown of Thorns starfish being studied in aquarium aboard De Moor|
|Corinne and the crew at Yonge Reef off Lizard Island|
|Support vessel 'Careelah' near Gannet Cay, The Swain Reefs (Southern Great Barrier Reef)|
|Tradewind returning to Careelah from De Moor|
|Ron catching a bit of winter sun between dives.|
|Belgian National Day was celebrated.|
|Filming with lights in 33 meters of depth, cameraman Pierre Dubuisson (or his assistant setting up).|
|Pierre Dubuisson was chief 35mm cameraman in charge of the expedition.|
Henri seeks a picture of the wedding which was aboard the ship.
David Barnes PhD, now of Townsville, Queensland was part of the expedition. Dave commented to Henri:
"I am sorry that I cannot help you with photos taken on the day that Dr Pullinckx was married. I remember that day very well. Also, I visited Gus and his Australian wife in Ostend – and they visited me in the UK.
I think your model of the De Moor is fabulous. I note that you even left the gun out of the forward turret – as it was for the expedition to the GBR (the forward turret was used for storage). I have many times looked to see if there is a commercial model of a Flower class corvette but have never found one".
Note: The Belgian Expedition (or Belgium Expedition to the Great Barrier Reef) was primarily to make scientific marine biology films in 35mm underwater. It was a huge and very expensive operation on behalf of a university. Ron Taylor was one of two cinematographers.
Charter boat owner and skipper, Wally Muller assisted with navigation, especially around The Swain Reefs – his home territory.
The expedition visited all the dive locations we know so well today between Lady Elliott Island in the south north to Lizard Island.
No divers had been privileged to see so much of the Great Barrier Reef during one expedition. It was still a large and unknown frontier especially underwater in 1967.
|Author Bernard Gorsky with a Hassleblad|
|Valerie Taylor searches in caves - a Slatey bream with cleaner wrasse at Yonge Reef.|
|Dive gear locker aboard De Moor|
|Wally Muller spearing in The Swain Reefs.|
|Otter Reef off Townsville had been devastated by CoT starfish in 1967|