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).

Tuesday the 20th of July 2004, our first overcast day in over a week... We went to sea on board Barracuda since we are still waiting for the Maritime Authorities to come to Gansbaai to inspect Lamnidae... We observed eleven White Sharks, a couple of Whales and... Michael and Sophie, the two people who had already seen it last week, saw a full White Shark breach!
In the afternoon, we drove to Hermanus to watch Shrek II... What a great movie! Hermanus is a very nice little town on the other side of Walker Bay from Gansbaai and De Kelders... After the movie, we spotted some Dassies or Rock Rabbits on the rocks, and a few Southern Right Whales, one of them was lobtailing and splashing her tail at the surface...
Wednesday the 21st of July 2004 was a much nicer day than yesterday at sea, but finally it looks like a winter storm is approaching... We (well the countryside anyway) desperately need the rain... We were again invited by Shark Diving Unlimited on board Barracuda, and we observed seven different White Sharks today...
Our first Shark was just crazy... he 'breached' on th bait several times (see the large pictures below)! On our way back to Kleinbaai, we drove through Shark Alley between Dyer Island and Geyser Rock to look at the Cape Fur Seal colony... The Seal below was very lucky apparently from the wound left from a White Shark encounter...
Below are some photographs taken by Jessica Redinger during the last couple of weeks...