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

Alex BROWN (Burnham, England), Trey SNOW (Wilmington, North Carolina, USA), Nicolas PADE (Nivaa, Denmark) and John NICHOLS (La Jolla, California, USA).

On Thursday the 14th of October 2004, with Michael recovery nearly completed, we went out to sea on board Lamnidae... Beautiful day! Flat sea and just a light refreshing breeze... We observed nine different White Sharks ranging from two to three meters in length, with the exception of one Shark close to four meters total length.
The last couple of hours on anchor were slow in Sharks... so Alex and Trey started fishing off the bow of Lamnidae... They caught one large Red Roman (pictures of the braai will be posted this weekend), and several small Catsharks, which were of course released! A huge flock of Cormorants also landed nearby... But our day with the Sharks did not end on anchor...

Alex caught NEMO!!!!

Yes, we are really sad to tell you that Nemo has found his match... in Alex! (note: Apparently Nemo tasted really good!) If anyone has any complaints, they should address them directly to Alex Brown who will be flying back to London on flight BA58 on the 30th of November 2004...

The White Shark Trust is also conducting a shore transect along the entire Holbaai bay to look at White Shark distribution and occurence along the beach in shallow waters (less than three meters)...

Today we hit the jackpot! As we drove along the shore, we spotted at least eleven different (and also different from the nine Sharks we counted while chumming and on anchor) White Sharks along the shore from Sandy Pointy to Erlkraalsmond... Eleven Sharks in less than an hour and without bait or chum... Eleven Sharks within 200 meters from the beach... and all of them larger then three meters total length! Amazing and wonderful! It is so nice to see White Sharks without attracting them, swimming above a sandy bottom in shallow waters! See for yourself!

On Friday the 15th of October, Alex, Trey, Nick and John went out on Barracuda (Shark Diving Unlimited) early morning. They observed five different White Sharks. At noon, Michael launched Lamnidae, and welcomed Tom Peschak and his friend Clovelly on board. Our assistants joined us of course for this second field trip of the day.
Unfortunately, we only observed one Shark the whole afternoon while chumming. But this Shark remained around the boat for over an hour and was very active... Along the shore, we observed three more Sharks swimming close to the beach, but unfortunately, the water was very murky with a heavy plankton bloom.
Later that afternoon, Nick, Trey, Alex and Clovelly jumped over from Lamnidae onto Whale Whisperer, the Whale Watching boat of Dyer Island Cruises, to go look at Southern Right Whales.

The rest of the team on Lamnidae did not observe any further Sharks that afternoon...

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