Watson Perrygo Posing with Shark

ID: SIA2013-08823

Creator: Unknown

Form/Genre: Photographic print

Date: 1930

Citation: Smithsonian Institution Archives, Record Unit 7006, Box 231, Folder: Parish Smithsonian Expedition to Haiti, 1930. Photographs

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Smithsonian taxidermist Watson Perrygo poses with a shark that is suspended in the air by rope on the ship "Esperanza." A sailor looks on from the side. The shark was caught by members of the Parish-Smithsonian Expedition in 1930. The caption on the back of the image reads: "Watson, shark, and one of the sailors."


  • Perrygo, Watson M. 1906-1984
  • Parish-Smithsonian Expedition to Haiti 1930


Historic Images of the Smithsonian


  • The Parish-Smithsonian Expedition was an expedition sponsored by Lee Hamilton Parish and his parents, Samuel W. and Ella Parish. The goal of the expedition was to collect natural history specimens, mostly along the coastal region of Haiti. Smithsonian taxidermist Watson Perrygo was a member of the expedition and sailed to Haiti with the Parishes on their yacht, the "Esperanza." During the expedition, the "Esperanza" had to make an unplanned stop in Cuba after a storm wrecked her mast. Perrygo also collected bird specimens in Cuba while the yacht was being repaired. In Haiti, the expedition team collected birds and other natural history specimens and collected live reptiles for the National Zoological Park.
  • A duplicate photographic print can be found in Record Unit 7306, Box 2, Folder: 23.
  • The geographic map's latitude and longitude are estimate of the location of where this image was taken. There is no known exact latitude and longitude for this image.
  • For additional photos from the Parish-Smithsonian Expedition, see Negative Numbers 83-9644, 84-8051, 84-8054, SIA2013-08819, SIA2013-08820, SIA2013-0821, SIA2013-08822, SIA2013-08824.

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Smithsonian Institution Archives, Record Unit 7006, Box 231, Folder: Parish Smithsonian Expedition to Haiti, 1930. Photographs

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Institutional History Division, Smithsonian Archives, 600 Maryland Avenue, SW, Washington, D.C. 20024-2520, SIHistory@si.edu



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  • Scientific expeditions
  • Animals
  • Fishes
  • Sharks
  • Fishing
  • Cuba-Fishes, Fishes, Fishes-Cuba


  • Cuba
  • Holguin Province
  • Cayo Moa Grande
  • Moa


  • Photographic print
  • Person, candid
  • Animal, candid

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Physical description

Number of Images: 1; Color: Black and White; Size: 3.25w x 4.25h; Type of Image: Animal, Candid; Person, Candid; Medium: Photographic print

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