The White Shark Trust Field Research Assistantship is proud to introduce you to our assistants:

Leonard PACE from Brooklyn (New York, USA), TJ BARANEK from Pewaukee (Wisconsin, USA), Emilio VALENTINO from Bussigny (Switzerland) and Tommaso MAGRO (Trieste, Italy).

Read Lenny thoughts about his assistantship and life at the White Shark Trust...

Finally... after a series of serious storms, we finally managed to go out to sea again on the 3rd of August 2003. These last ten days of rough seas were really bad luck...

Today, we only observed three sharks and the water is still cold.

Emillio and Tommaso spent the weekend in Cape Town with friends...

Look at the smile on Lenny's face... That is the result of 10 days of patience and finally observing a White Shark again...

We were extremely fortunate with the weather during April, May and June... and it seems all the storms we should have had during those months have been compressed during July. Let's hope it ends now and here!

Another small cold front hit our coastline on Sunday afternoon, and the sea was too rough to go out yesterday.

On Tuesday the 5th of August 2003, we only observed three White Sharks... it was a cold day and the sea was uncomfortably rough... but at least we managed to get out there and see some sharks again!

Leonard PACE's comments about his experience at the White Shark Trust Field Research Assistantship as recalled by himself...
My time in South Africa was the most wonderful and unique experience ever. The chance to see Great Whites up close and personal was a dream come true, not to mention the friendships I made and the sights I saw.

Working with the sharks meant that I didn’t need an alarm clock, although some mornings a little nudge helped, but the idea of going out daily to play with possibly the most feared predator woke me up early. When I was on Lamnidae the first time the excitement I felt when the first shark came to the bait was a feeling I’ll never forget. More exhilarating than that day was the first time I was on the bait line and the shark got a hold of the bait and I got to feel the awesome power when it tore the line out of my hand and was able to pull the boat too!!!

The sights and wildlife was remarkable, when Mike and I were driving to the nearby town of Hermanus and saw baboons crossing the street I knew I wasn’t in New York anymore. Beyond the time with the sharks I was able to enjoy a tour of the country with my roommates, and there is nothing like bungi jumping from the worlds highest bungi. During my trip I went to a game reserve and saw four of the big five and was able to visit the surf mecca Jeffrey’s Bay.