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

Lori ORTEGA from Galveston (Texas, USA), Suraida NANEZ-JAMES from Galveston (Texas, USA), Michelle RAYBURN from Calgary (Canada) and Leonard PACE from Brooklyn (New York, USA). Lori and Suraida leave the program on the 13th of June...

Michael UNWIN from the United Kingdom took part of the Assistantship program from the 1st of April to the 15th of May, he has now joined us until the 16th of June as a guest.

On Friday the 13th of June, we welcome TJ BARANEK from Pewaukee (Wisconsin, USA) and on Sunday the 15th of June, we welcome Emilio VALENTINO from Bussigny (Switzerland).

Read what Emilio had to say about his stay at the White Shark Trust Field Research Assistantship...

On Friday the 13th of June 2003, we drove to Cape Town. Lori and Suraida wanted to spend a couple of days visiting Cape Town before flying back to the USA on Monday. We spent our last day together without really wanting to think about it being the last day, visiting the Penguin colony at Boulder's Beach and eating Bagels...
The beginning of June also welcomed a new member of the Strand Street house: Max (from the "Dark Angel" series), our new "guard dog" for the boat (that is if Tracey does not spoil her too much of course)...

A series of storms passed through our area over the weekend (also full moon, always a time for storms during the winter)... and we were stranded on shore for five days... An especially long wait for TJ and Emilio!

Sadly, Mick (Unwin) left us on Monday the 16th of June, after spending nearly three months with us... but not without cooking a traditionnal english roast chicken (he waited for the last night to demonstrate his cooking abilities...) for myself and Tracey on Sunday...

Wednesday the 18th of June 2003... the sea was still on the rough side, but we managed to get out! First day for TJ and Emilio who had been waiting eagerly for the weather to settle... we observed 11 different White Sharks on this first day! Not bad!
Emilio Valentino's experience with the White Shark Trust Field Research Assistantship as told by himself...
My stay in Gansbaai.

If you’re visiting this website, I’m sure that like me you are a shark fanatic. So I’ll not tell you how fantastic it is to work with this animal… and after all why not! Every morning, I had the same desire: to IMMEDIATELY be at see to have my first white shark.

Being so close and to work with this predator is an unique experience in a lifetime. Above all when you are on the bait line and you can feel all the power of this animal. But the White Shark Trust project is not only white sharks, it’s also living with Michael and Tracey. I had really good fun with these guys. I miss the atmosphere of the house, the “under the belt jokes” we had on the boat waiting for sharks and, of course, drinking some South African red wine with Tracey during the BBQ nights.

During my stay we had some days of bad weather which gave me the opportunity to visit the area and enjoy the wonderful landscapes of South Africa, do some shopping in Hermanus, see some wildlife and pet the cheetahs, do bungee jumping from the highest bridge of S.A, try to surf in Jeffrey’s Bay and last but not least climbing up Table Mountain and see cape town.

If you are hesitating, stop thinking and fly to Gansbaai. Living there is an unforgettable experience with unforgettable people.