The White Shark Trust Field Research Assistantship is proud to introduce our new assistants who arrived in Gansbaai on Saturday the 16th of July:

Timo SECKLER from Ellenberg, Germany

Graham HORTON from Milton Keynes, England

and

Greg WRIGHT from Glenside, Pennsylvania, USA

Andy Brandy CASAGRANDE IV is living in Fishoek on the shores of False Bay where he is assisting Alison KOCK (South African Museum / Save Our Seas) with her research project at Seal Island for the next few months.

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 as a friend and guest.

Our new group of assistants arrived from Cape Town in Gansbaai on Saturday the 16th of July in the morning... Unfortunately, the Landcruiser 'Millenium Falcon' (for reasons directly linked to its mood) used to pull Lamnidae, is broken down. We finally found another 4by4 to launch Lamnidae at noon. The weather was perfect! Just simply perfect!
The sea was glass flat... No wind... Two Southern Right Whales swam under Lamnidae... Definitely, the most beautiful and perfect day in a long time! We observed seven or eight different White Sharks... One of those memorable days, especially if it is your first day at Dyer Island. Lucky new assistants! But is this the calm before the storm? Hopefully not...
One of the White Sharks was so relaxed and curious... no interest in the bait... loved the engine socks... Beautiful Shark! He would come to the back of Lamnidae and hesitate between the bait and the boat, and usually prefer coming to look at the boat and us, nudge the engine covers, and slowly swim around. Just beautiful!
Near sunset, we decided to head back to Kleinbaai harbour, and when pulling anchor, we suddenly see a large pod of Dolphins close heading towards shore... We drove and played with the Dolphins for a good half a hour as they rode the bow of Lamnidae. What a day! Amazing! Wonderful!
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