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

Sophie Fleur POST (Groningen, The Netherlands), Jessica REDINGER (Hope Valley, RI, USA), Oliver RUDD (Oxford, England) and Gael LAMIELLE (Decines, France).

On Wednesday the 14th of July 2004, we were invited to join Shark Diving Unlimited's team on board Barracuda. Lamnidae is due for a survey, but SAMSA, the Marine Safety Authority, unfortunately does not visit Gansbaai very often. Beautiful weather and sea conditions! To the contrary of 2003, this year's winter is and feels more like summer...
We observed only four different White Sharks today, and none of the Sharks remained around the boat... But since Barracuda only had a few divers, Oliver, Jessica, Gael and Sophie (in that order - see photos) all managed to go into the Shark cage and dive... They had a great time observing these Sharks swim past the cage...
On our way back, we drove through Shark Alley between Dyer Island and Geyser Rock, and we looked at the 50'000 strong Cape Fur Seals on Geyser Rock... We also spotted two Southern Right Whales on our way back to Kleinbaai... Despite the lack of Sharks today, we had a very nice day at sea...
On Friday the 16th of July 2004, we were once more invited by Shark Diving Unlimited to join their crew on board Barracuda. Another wonderful summer day at sea in July... no swell... no wind... clear water... Just amazing! We observed seven different White Sharks today, and Sophie and Jessica went back into the Shark cage...
Whale Whisperer, the local Whale Watching boat, visited Barracuda to show their guests some White Sharks... Hopefully, our assistants will be able to go on a boat-based Whale watching trip sometimes during the next few days... We again visited the Cape Fur Seal colony on Geyser Rock, and again, one Southern Right Whale visited us...