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A New Look for 'Shakka'

11th March 2020

It has been 21 years since fisherman Craig Fletcher docked in Port Pirie, with a 5.5m female Great White Shark in tow.

After a proposal around ‘stuffing and mounting’ was vetoed, a life-size model was commissioned and put on display in the Port Pirie Visitor Information Centre.

15 years later and following numerous suggestions for enhancing the exhibition, Council has made a small investment for a big change.

Outback PA Hire was approached to design and deliver a new self-guided tour, incorporating the existing presentation.

The ‘Shakka’ model, information boards, biological displays and presentation were all created by the South Australian Museum’s Head of 3D Modelling, Jo Bain.

The result is a sight to behold – beginning with the sound of bubbling water, the visitor is welcomed and informed about ‘Shakka’, via a 5-minute voiceover.

A highlight of this exhibition is the voice that emanates from the speakers – that of none other than Rodney Fox, shark attack survivor, shark cage dive pioneer and consultant on the film ‘Jaws’.

With a redeveloped slideshow, chronicling the exhibition’s development, and new lighting effects, it’s a great time to come and visit ‘Shakka’ – again, or for the very first time!

In addition, the Shark Cage Virtual Reality (VR) experience, also offered at the Port Pirie Visitor Information Centre, has reopened after a temporary closure during the Port Pirie Regional Art Gallery’s air conditioning upgrade.