Author and expert diver Hugh was instrumental in discovering some of the most well-known shipwrecks along the West Australian coast line, including the 1629 Batavia and the 1727 Zeewyjk, for which he has been recognised by statute as ‘Primary Finder’. His work led him to many close encounters with sharks. As a result of observation (including cage diving with great whites and a camcorder) and comprehensive research, he has become one of the State’s leading shark experts. Hugh has written over 35 books and was the recipient of a Medal of the Order of Australia in 2009 for service to Australia’s maritime heritage through the discovery of historic shipwrecks, and as an author. Hugh describes, among other things, his role in the discovery of the Batavia in the 1960s and some of his experiences while observing sharks.