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), Alice CLARKE (London, England), Gillian Taylor (Sutton, Surrey, England) and Kate BARLEY (Cleethorpes, Lincolnshire, England).

Finally, after several days of rain and rough sea days, we launched Lamnidae again on Tuesday the 7th of December 2004... Overcast and a fresh southerly wind at first, but the sky soon cleared and it turned into a beautiful day... Great Shark day! We observed 14 different White Sharks, most of them over 3.5 meters long! And one Shark breached 15 meters next to the boat.
On Wednesday the 8th of December, we launched Lamnidae at seven in the morning, a few hours before the wind would get strong and also before any of the commercial cage-diving operators... We had great Sharks for the first couple of hours and then it calmed down. Beautiful day at sea... and we observed ten different White Sharks today!
Thursday the 9th of December... One of those days (fortunately rare) to forget swiftly... We observed 14 different White Sharks while chuming, but most did not wanted to show their dorsal fin... very frustrating! We launched Lamnidae at six in the morning, and the wind was howling... On our shore transect, we observed another 15 White Sharks, and a pod of Dolphins in the surf...
In the afternoon, we all went to the Haibaai beach at Erlkraalsmond for a swim in the surf... Great fun! And the water is so unusually 'warm' at the moment (21-22 degrees Celcius)... As the summer South African holidays approach, the beach is getting busier, and signs warning visitors about the Sharks should soon be erected at the beach...
Alex Brown sent us this image from back home in the UK... Some of you might remember a picture of Alex catching Nemo while he was assisting us in October and November... It seems like Alex has got something against Nemo...
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