Monday, June 14, 2010

Mrs. Valerie May TAYLOR - Member of the Order of Australia!

June 14, 2010: I just learned that famed shark diver & marine conservationist, Valerie Taylor, has been appointed a Member of the Order of Australia for her service to conservation in today’s Queen’s Birthday honors list. Certainly a deserving honor and one that is long overdue in my opinion. Her husband, Ron Taylor, was honored in 2003.

The official release reads:

"For service to conservation and the environment as an advocate for the protection and preservation of marine wildlife and habitats, particularly the Great Barrier Reef and Ningaloo Reef, and as an underwater cinematographer and photographer."

Valerie and her husband, Ron, have for more than 50 years promoted the protection of marine life species. In particular, the great white shark and the grey nurse shark. Valerie has also lobbied for the conservation of marine habitats such as the Great Barrier Reef and the Ningaloo Reef Marine Park in Western Australia. She has also been vocal about securing protection for the potato cod, sea lions, southern right whales and sea turtles.

Ron & Valerie Taylor were my boyhood heroes and without them knowing it, contributed much to my lifelong passion & admiration for sharks. Their ocean work continues to inspire many the world over. While I once had the opportunity to speak with Ron briefly at a film night in Vancouver, I have only exchanged an email with Valerie. By any measure, Ron & Valerie Taylor are a class act!

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diving said...


Is it true that her research was used for the filming of Jaws?

Thanks for sharing