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Monday, September 10, 2012

Shark expert dies

Ron Taylor, the Australian marine conservation pioneer who helped film some of the heart-stopping footage for the film "Jaws," has died of leukemia.  He was 78.

He and his wife Valerie pioneered the conservation of sharks. Their great underwater photography led the director Steven Spielberg to call upon them when he needed underwater sequences for his blockbuster film.

Although the couple were criticized for helping demonize sharks through the terrifying footage they created, the scenes they shot for "Jaws" became iconic.

Taylor is survived by his wife, his filming partner for more than 40 years.

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