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

Andy CASAGRANDE (Santa Cruz, California, USA), Darren John HUNNIFORD (Haverfordwest, Pembrokeshire, Wales) and James KIRBY (London, England).

A series of very unusual (for the summer season) and strong winter storms hit our coastline on Monday the 8th of December 2003... the bad sea conditions were lasting for the whole week...

On Tuesday and Wednesday, I went to Mossel Bay with Darren to scan some photographs taken by Roy and Jackie Portway (Shark Africa) during the past few years. Photos showing the dorsal fins of White Sharks... very useful in order to study movement patterns of these Sharks along our coastline. James went to Cape Town for a couple of days, while Andy remained in Gansbaai with Tracey.

On Friday the 12th of December, we went to Arniston and Cape Agulhas...

Arniston is located about 20kms east of Cape Agulhas, Southernmost point of the African continent, on the Indian Ocean side of the continent... the water was warmer than in Gansbaai, and the beaches are just amazing. We spent some hours swimming in the water and body surfing. Great afternoon! We also visited the famous caves...
We then drove to Cape Agulhas... the Southermost Point of the African Continent... not nearly as beautiful as Arniston, but it is a landmark... the entire African continent is north of you went you stand there... the usual pictures near the monument indicating the Indian Ocean to the left and the Atlantic Ocean to the Right.
On Sunday the 14th of December 2003, hopefully the last day of the storm, we went to De Kelders to have lunch at the Cafe on the Rocks... we were lucky to observe several Southern Right Whales playing in the huge waves while having lunch... Wonderful! We then dropped off Darren and James at Klipgat, and they walked back home along the 7km rocky shore trail.
And here are some photographs taken by Andy...