Chris FIORESCU has been assisting us since October 2002 as a guest. The White Shark Trust Field Research Assistantship is proud to introduce you to our assistants:

Lydia HO from Toronto (Canada), Costa KONNARIS from Cyprus, Jennie SANDBERG from Galveston (USA), Linda HEAP from Perth (Australia) and Paul GROVES from Perth (Australia).

Tuesday the 28th of January 2003... no sharks were observed... nobody observed any sharks... beautiful day though which we ended by a tour through "Shark Alley", channel between Dyer Island and Geyser Rock.
In the afternoon, we decided to go for a walk and swim on the beach at Erlkraalsmond... the water has been unusually "warm" for this time of the year: 19-21 degrees Celcius... I know, some people will say this is cold, but normally in January the water is around 10 degrees Celcius!
On Wednesday the 29th of January, we explored the northern side of the Danger Point peninsula in Walker Bay... no luck finding sharks either unfortunately. Paul went out with Shark Diving Unlimited at Dyer Island... no sharks on that side either...

But Costas seemed to have found some satisfaction today...

On Thursday the 30th of January, we took a day off from our field work... it was a rough day anyway, and no sharks were observed today by the commercial operators...

We droped Jenny, Lydia, Linda and Paul on the Plaat, from which they walked back along the shores of De Kelders back home.

De Kelders, "The Caves" in english, offers some wonderful walks along its rocky shores. Some caves can also be visited, and human artefacts dating back 100'000 years have been found in the area...

Friday the 31st of January... very nice day... but again, no sharks were sighted today!

So we played silly games to pass time... actually they were all Jennie's ideas and games... Sitting on each other... dancing... go figure!

Linda HEAP's experience with the White Shark Trust Field Research Assistantship as told by herself...
I had very high expectations of my time with the Great White Shark Trust, and although it was nothing like I expected, I was most certainly not dissappointed. I had a brilliant time, even if we didn’t see as many sharks as some of the other assistants have at other times.

I have always had a great appreciation of sharks, but I was amazed at how graceful, and different they were to what I expected. They were often cautious and calm, preferring to assess the situation before they tried the bait line or decoy.

They are truly beautiful creatures and it is very sad that they are given such a bad reputation by the media. So strong is the hype created by the media, is that in Western Australia, we have gone backwards. Great White Sharks were originally a protected species as they are thought to be endangered. However due to an unfortunate incident a couple of years ago, the Great White Sharks is now able to be legally killed if it is deemed to be too close to swimming beaches. This is terrible and maybe if some of those people actually worked with sharks as we did in Africa, I have no doubt that their perception would be changed.

All in all I had an amazing time, not just with the sharks, but also with the people I met, who were all fantastic and in such a gorgeous place, South Africa too.