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

Trey SNOW (Wilmington, North Carolina, USA), Nicolas PADE (Nivaa, Denmark), John NICHOLS (La Jolla, California, USA) and Alice CLARKE (London, England).

On the 1st of December, we welcomed Gillian Taylor from Sutton (Surrey, England) and Kate BARLEY from Cleethorpes (Lincolnshire, England).

On Tuesday the 30th of November, Michael, Alex and Nick drove to Cape Town to see Alex fly back to the UK... Sad moment for all of us... On Wednesday the 1st of December, we welcomed Gillian and Kate in Cape Town and drove back to Gansbaai along the scenic coastal route around Hangklip and Hermanus.
On the way, we stopped at Betty's Bay Nature Reserve to look at the local Jackass or African Penguin colony... We then stopped in Hermanus and were very lucky to see four Southern Right Whales. Shortly after arriving in Gansbaai, we went to the Haibaai beach for a swim and surf...
In the evening, we had our traditionnal Yellowtail and beer bread braai to welcome Gillian and Kate, while, sadly, also our good-by supper for John... John's parents flew to South Africa a couple of days ago, and they will visit South Africa for the next few weeks with John.
When Alex arrived ten weeks ago, we had a storm... When Alice arrived ten days ago, we had another storm... And now that Gillian and Kate arrived... we had another set of bad sea conditions... What do all these people have in common? They are english! Stop bringing the bad weather with you!
On Thursday the 2nd of December, Trey found a young exhausted Cape Fur Seal near the Gansbaai harbour wall... The sea was very rough... Fortunately, this Seal was one year old already, and would have been weaned by now and ready to fend for itself... So we took the Seal home, where it could rest in peace for a while. And it did!
For about three hours, this Seal just snored and amused us putting itself in some really funny and uncomfortable looking positions. The Seal suddenly 'woke' up and decided to nvestigate the garden and all these strange tall things walking around it making a lot of 'clicking' noises...
Once this Seal started 'running' around the garden, and posing for pictures like a model, we decided it was better to release it... Seals get attached to humans in no time (personal experience has taught me the hard way), and this Seal was ready to go back to its mates on Geyser Rock!
We drove to Kleinbaai harbour, which is much closer to the island than Gansbaai. We released the Seal on the jetty and it jumped in the water, swam slowly around the little harbour, and swam out towards Dyer Island and Geyser Rock. The seal was in good shape now as she had time to regain its strength.
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