Hyun KOUNNE from Cambridge (USA) and Polly CROUCH from Aberdeen (Scotland) have been with the programme since the beginning of October. Chris FLORESCU (Alwick, UK) took part of the programme as a guest since the 20th of October. On the 1st of November, we welcomed Shelagh MacMILLAN from the UK.
Tuesday the 3rd and Wednesday the 4th of December, Polly, Hyun and Shellagh went out on Stan (Shark Diving Unlimited) as I went to Cape Town. Thursday the 5th of December, we were all invited to join the crew of Stan: Franky (below right) and Morne (below left).

The Sharks' numbers and activity has decreased and we could not dive unfortunately...

On the 7th of December, we went to Dyer Island and Geyser Rock to look at the seal colony... this time of the year corresponds to the Cape Fur Seal's breeding season... thousands of baby seals are born... only a few survive... a very sad sight!

No sharks were observed that day...

On the 9th of December, we were fortunate to observe three White Sharks again!

We also invited a local grade 7 school girl, Suzanne Swart, to join us to discover the White Sharks that make Gansbaai so famous...

On the 10th and 12th of December, we did unfortunately not observe any sharks... Why? This is a good question... usualy sometimes during this season, the sharks tend to move away from the area... maybe attracted to other areas... the water is getting colder very fast... but this year, this trend seems to have happened earlier than the previous four years.
On the 13th of December, the last day for Polly, Hyun and Shellagh, we fortunately observed three sharks! A fantastic good by present from the sharks!

Moreover, this day turned out to be a wonderful day weatherwise with absolute flat and sunny conditions! A nice bonus! Considering that we are getting a little storm over the next few days...

Polly seems rather proud of what she like to refer to as the "new-and-improved Britney" (our seal decoy)... After great services for over nine months, she (all by herself) managed to get Britney munched by the sharks... we now had to stick her flipper back on and use an extra piece to shape her up!
An the day wouldn't have been complete without Chris and "The Brick" (his jumbo sized mobile phone)... playing secretary! What a jocker! He always makes us laugh...

Even though we did not see many sharks in the past couple of weeks, we are fortunate to have had fantastic sharks during the past three months!