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).

On Monday the 21st of July 2003, the sea was still too rough to go out on the Dyer Island side of the Danger Point peninsula...

Lenny, TJ, Emilio and Tommaso went to De Kelders to snorkel in the kelp forest...

On Tuesday the 22nd of July, the sea conditions were much better... the water was very dirty and milky which did gave the sharks a great advantage...

We observed four different White Sharks today.

Unfortunately, on our way back, Emilio hit his head on the boat quite hard... nothing too serious, but he still had to have some scalp stiches from the doctor. He won't be going out tomorrow... This is the first unfortunate "accident" sustained by one of our assistants.

Wednesday the 23rd of July welcomed us with a beautiful day... just some ground swell, but otherwise the sea was calm.

Emilio "Calimero" stayed on shore resting after his little accident which earned him seven stitches...

Lenny, the Jedi Padawan, used his force to attract sharks... a bit weak we must admit since we only observed one shark today.

Tommaso was our Master Baitor for the first time, and he did a fine job (at least for the 15 minutes we had a shark around the boat)...

On Thursday the 24th of July, we managed to get out to sea before the next storm... very slow to start with, but we ended up with four White Sharks during the last hour on anchor...

And you may now discover where Emilio's new nickname "Calimero" comes from...