australian marine life

Valerie Taylor – Shark lady and dead set Aussie legend

Valerie Taylor is the Grand Madame of Australian nature filming and to this day a passionate diver and wildlife advocate. Together with her husband Ron Taylor she produced some of the most iconic nature films about sharks and other marine wildlife. From their days as professional spearfishing champions the couple became wanted experts in their field of filming and swimming with sharks. This led to Hollywood knocking on their door in the mid 70s and asking for their help in making Steven Spielberg´s breakthrough film “JAWS” – one of the most iconic, successful and genre-breaking films of all time. On this episode Valerie shares some stories of her unique life, from her childhood in New Zealand during the war to her present passionate engagement for the environment. Make sure to check out Valerie´s latest children’s book “Melody the Mermaid”. This episode of Talking Australia is hosted by Chrissie Goldrick (Editor-in-chief at Australian Geographic) and produced by Ben Kanthak ( You can also follow us on Instagram @australiangeographic.

Justin Gilligan: What it takes to become a nature photographer

Justin Gilligan has been working as a nature photographer for Australian Geographic for more than a decade. He specialises in marine wildlife and underwater photography, travelling everywhere from the Great Barrier Reef to the Great Australian Bight and the coral reefs of Western Australia. In this episode, he shares his passion for photography and how he ended up with a job that many would consider a dream. Here you can find out more about Justin´s work: This Episode of Talking Australia is hosted by Angela Heathcote and produced by Ben Kanthak ( You can also follow us on Instagram @australiangeographic.