At the end of September 2002, the White Shark Trust welcomed four new Field Research Assistants: Victoria MILLS from North Devon (England), Hyun KOUNNE from Cambridge (USA), and Polly CROUCH from Aberdeen (Scotland)
Thursday the 17th of October... after another stormy day yesterday, we managed to get out to Holbaai again.

We observed seven White Sharks... and a mother and calf Southern Right Whale swam right under our boat...

At some point we were looking at two sharks and two whales at the same time! But as soon as the whales swam under our boat, the sharks were gone for a while.

Very nice day at first, and then the wind picked up and chased us back to shore in the early afternoon.

Vicky (below left picture for her brother) is recording the data...

Our seal decoy "Britney" (yes indeed, it was named after the famous Spears) nearly got munched today...

While Hyun and Polly are taking care of the bait and decoy handling, Vicky is measuring the wind speed...

There are no pictures from Sunday the 20th of October since we did not observe any sharks that day... wonderful day weather wise, but sharks there were none...

On Monday the 21st of October, we were invited to join Shark Diving Unlimited's crew on Stan... we observed six sharks in just a few hours! Great day!

Frank Rutzen (right) and Morne Hardenberg (down), respectively skipper and divemaster for Shark Diving Unlimited, gave us a great show handling the sharks... the water visibility was not great, nor did the sharks like divers in the cage enough for either Polly or Hyun to dive...
Today, Tuesday the 22nd of October, we broke our October 2002 record: we observed nine different White Sharks!

Great day! Great sharks! Great Weather!

We also welcomed Chris Florescu (left) among the team... Chris will be in Gansbaai for six months learning about White Sharks...