Jamie GALDUN from Herndon (VA, USA)
has been with us since the 1st of July 2002. Fiona WORTHY from Lydney (Gloucestershire, England) has been with us since the 16th of July 2002. Carla ATKINSON from Colne (Lancashire, England) joined us on the 1st of August 2002.

Dr. Ramon BONFIL (Wildlife Conservation Society) and Stephen SWANSON (Marine and Coastal Management) joined us from the 6th to the 16th of August to deploy four out of eight satellite tags at Dyer Island.

These are the satellite tags, four Spot satellite tags and four PAT pop-up tags, which Ramon BONFIL has brought to South Africa to be deployed on White Sharks.

This is a collaborative project between Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS) and Marine and Coastal Management (MCM).

On the 9th of August, we observed five different sharks, but only one of them fitted the size class and sex targeted for these satellite tags...

It was a very nice day though and we managed to sort out a few logistic problems for the next day...

Ramon certainly is ready for the right shark to come!!! This is a PAT pop-up satellite tag ready for deployment on a Hawaiian sling.

Stephen Swanson (MCM) enjoying his work with Jamie and Carla...

Stephen was our tagger... and we actually had one small shark on whom we wanted to deploy a tag, but the right moment did not present itself... That shark was about 250cm long and we actually observed that shark in Mossel Bay last year already.

The 10th of August... wonderful and perfect day at sea! The water was crystal clear and flat... and we observed eight different sharks!

A perfect tagging day!

And shortly after 13:00, Stephen attached the first Archival Pop-Up satellite tag to a shark!!!

Ramon is then getting the SPOT satellite tag ready for deployment... this tag will give is a position of the shark each time, it is coming to the surface and the tag actually breaks the surface...

At around 14:00, we have a near mature male shark around the boat, and Ramon decides to attach the SPOT tag to that shark...
And shortly after 16:00, we have a very small shark visiting our boat... The second PAT pop-up tag, third satellite tag for today, is attached onto that White Shark to carry with her for 12 months and record her movements...

CELEBRATIONS!

Three satellite tags have been successfuly attached on White Sharks... Now we have to wait, six and twelve months respectively for both PAT pop-up tags... and hopefully within the next few days already we will get locations from the one SPOT tag deployed...

A glass of Champagne at the end of this amazing and certainly very exciting day was well earned by everyone!

We are very gratefull to the Wildlife Conservation Society and Ramon Bonfil for making this project possible!