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

Darren John HUNNIFORD (Haverfordwest, Pembrokeshire, Wales), Chris MILNES (Grantham, Lincolnshire, England), Adam Nicholas SANDERSON (Ashby de-la Zouch, Leicestershire, England), Emma Louise BARKER (Beckenham, Kent, England) and Helen Clare JOHNSTON (Grassendale, Liverpool, England).

On Sunday the 4th of January, we welcomed Alison Kock from the South African Museum. Alison is conducting a research project on the ecology and predatory behaviour of Great White Sharks in False Bay.

The E - SE wind was still blowing near-gale force, but we found shelter closer to the beach. Slow Shark day to start with, but then...

We observed seven different Great White Sharks today... we resighted the same large Shark as two days ago, close to four meters in length, and another Shark with a satellite tag attached to her dorsal fin.

One White Shark suddenly breached (AMAZING!) on our bait and we lost both the bait and float. The float drifted away in the strong wind and current...

A Cormorant (possibly the same bird as yesterday) was swimming around the boat... A White Shark followed our chum slick and was quite interested in our bait... the Cormorant dived several times following the Shark very closely... the Shark disappeared... and suddenly the Shark came from below and swallowed the Cormorant (see the two pictures below in which you can see the bird dangling from the side of the mouth)!
But suddenly the Cormorant surfaced again... and flew away... far, far, far away from this traumatising experience... Lucky Cormorant!!!

When we drove back to Kleinbaai, we suddenly came across the float that got bitten of by the breaching Shark. We picked the float up... and what do we find stuck in the float? A perfect White Shark tooth!!! What an exciting day!

Monday the 5th of January started with a perfectly flat and windless sea day... but a strong winter NW wind picked up in the early afternoon, and we had to return to shore a bit later... the water was crystal clear, but the Sharks were not in a mood today... we only observed three White Sharks today, and they just did not stay around the boat. We have been spoilt lately probably...
Today's highlight were not the Sharks... on our way back to Klainbaai, the little harbour from which we launch everyday, we encountered a group of over fifty Bottlenose Dolphins very close to the harbour... They were busy feeding on small fish and were very active at the surface. That was definitely a great encounter!
Below, we would like to present some photographs taken by Darren Hunniford on the 5th of January 2004...