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

James van den BROEK (Sydney, New South Wales, Australia), Susan Marion COGHILL (Tighnabruaich, Argyll, Scotland), Holly FRANK (Surprise, Arizona, USA) and Nicola PYLE (Portsmouth, Hampshire, England).

Monday the 13th of September 2004 was another beautiful day at sea... A Souther Right Whale breach welcomed us in the morning... We observed twelve different White Sharks today, among which a large Shark just over four meters and several Sharks under two meters in length. Below are some pictures dedicated to James and his true passion in life: Gulls...
On Tuesday the 14th of September, we were invited on board Barracuda, Shark Diving Unlimited's 36ft cage-diving catamaran boat. Flat ocean, but unfortunately overcast. We only observed four different White Sharks today... And some more pictures of James and his favorite animal in the world, the African Cape Gull, a very rare species...
We then visited Dyer Island and drove through the narrow channel between Dyer Island and Geyser Rock, known as Shark Alley, to look at the permanent Cape Fur Seal colony on Geyser Rock. The Seal's reproduction season is slowly approaching in November, and the bulls are coming back to the island to conquer the females and create their harrems...
On Wednesday the 15th of September, the sea conditions were far from ideal... We observed six different White Sharks, but none of them stayed around the boat for very long enough to fully appreciate them... We need a storm to change the conditions and get fresh Sharks in the bay...

Unfortunately, James' last day with us was not his most exciting day with the Sharks, but he has been very lucky during the past five weeks...

On Thursday the 16th of September, James was invited on board Barracuda (Shark Diving Unlimited) to see the Sharks one last time before leaving South Africa, and continuing his travelling through Europe... He will miss the African Cape Gulls for sure, but fortunately for James, there are close relative of our Gulls in Europe too!