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).

Thursday the 7th of August started as a flat and windless day... a series of storms are on their way...

Lenny, Emilio, Tommaso and TJ were welcomed by Dyer Island Cruises for a whale watching trip. They were lucky and observed four Southern Right Whales coming really close to the boat. Fantastic experience!

While our assistants were on the Whale Watching boat, I started chuming for White Sharks, hoping that today we would observe several sharks. The wind got stronger very quickly and the sea picked up - A clear sign that the storms were coming.

We observed NO sharks today - A first in August ever! Very depressing...

Apart from waiting and hoping for a shark to show up, there was not much else to do than watch birds today... Cormorants, Gulls, Gannets, Giant Petrels, Sterns, etc...

The wind abated slightly during the day and the wait became a bit more comfortable.

From Friday the 8th of August 2003 onwards, another series of winter storms is hiting our coastline, and the ocean became very rough!

Hopefully, these storms will bring some warmer waters to our coastline, and the sharks hopefully come back...