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May 2004: Volume 1, Number 2
   

TRITON TIDBITS FROM CAMPUS AND BEYOND

January 2005
In Like Flynn

 
     

What do Robin Hood and Scripps Institution of Oceanography (SIO) have in common? Why, Errol Flynn of course. In the early 1950s, the swashbuckling star of such action epics as Captain Blood and Charge of the Light Brigade, joined up with the distinguished Scripps ichthyologist Carl Hubbs (right in center photo below) to film The Cruise of the Zaca. The Zaca, Flynn’s own 118-foot schooner, was notorious as a venue for his off-screen hellraising and romancing. But in the 20-minute documentary it becomes a scientific base for the study of marine animals and for Hubbs advocacy of the gray whale (the Hubbs beaked whale was named for him).

First released in 1952, you can now see it on the newly released DVD The Adventures of Robin Hood, starring Flynn. It’s well worth a look-see for all SIO fans. As well as lessons on marine biology there’s a hilarious segment in which Flynn leans too far out of a helicopter and accidentally takes a dip in the Pacific. Tally ho!

RELATED LINKS

Carl Hubbs Biography
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Scripps Instution of Oceanography Photo Archives: 1944-59
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Errol Flynn Web site
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