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

Justin HUBBEL (Anaheim, California, USA), Lorin J. FINNIE (Reigate, Surrey, England), Phillip SMITH (Ithaca, New York, USA) and Ronald NEALY (Freeport, Florida, USA)

Chris MILNES (Grantham, Lincolnshire, England), one of our old assistants from 2003 and 2004, has also come back to visit and is also volunteering for the White Shark Trust.

On Monday the 25th of April 2005, we launched Lamnidae and anchored on the east side of Shark Alley, the narrow channel between Dyer Island and Geyser Rock. We observed twelve different White Sharks today, all of them around two meters in length... Where are the large Sharks? Nice day at sea with some uncomfortable southerly swell...
On Tuesday the 26th of April, our assistants were invited to join the Shark Diving Unlimited crew on board Barracuda for two consecutive excursions to Dyer Island. They observed ten different White Sharks today. I had to take care of finding a new home for the White Shark Trust, since our current landlord has sold the house we have been renting for the past five years and has been the White Shark Trust home since its inception in 2001. We have been looking for a new home for the past year, ever since our landlord put his house on the market, but unfortunately, houses for rent are virtually impossible to find in this area.
On Wednesday the 27th of April, we drove to Kleinbaai with Lamnidae with the obvious intention to launch, but the ocean was rough and we went back home... Chris decided to put the old and torn engine covers to good use and he made himself a very lifelike Seal decoy (again)... If it works, we will of course post the breaching pictures in this gallery...
Thursday the 28th of April, the southeasterly wind blew near gale force strength... But what a great Shark day! We observed 22 different White Sharks in five hours, 12 Sharks in our first hour... We barely had time to eat our lunch, we had Sharks around Lamnidae most of the time, three Sharks swam around the boat at times... Great day!
Above is a prime example that White Sharks like their vegetables as well... biting through a piece of drifting Kelp... But these tasting incidents never last long, they really prefer to go for fishy stuff (below)!
Friday the 29th of April... Beautiful, calm and hot summer-like day at sea... But Chris testing his new Seal decoy was probably the most exciting moment of the day unfortunately... We observed eight Sharks, but they just came up for a couple of seconds and remained deep otherwise. The Sharks of yesterday in today's conditions... Let's dream!
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