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

Anna BATTESE (St-Fadden, Australia), Brandon MITCHELL (Chapel Hill, North Carolina, USA), Mike PERSSON (Red Deer County, AB, Canada) and Bryce ROHRER (Greenwich, CT, 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. Chris is also assisting Alison Kock at Seal Island in False Bay from the 1st to the 12th of June 2005.

Monday the 6th of June 2005, we prepared Lamnidae for launch... and then disaster, one of the engines would not want to start... It decided overnight that the starter had enough, although it worked fine the evening before... Fortunately, Barracuda (Shark Diving Unlimited) welcomed us on board for the day!
We welcomed Burkhard Heetlage from Germany the evening before. Burkhart is a film producer and he came to South Africa to investigate a new and innovative documentary on White Sharks later this year. We observed twelve different White Sharks today, and Brandon, Mike and Bryce spent over an hour in the Shark cage. Amazing underwater visibility!
In the afternoon, we went to De Kelders, the world best shore-based Whale watching spot... Once again hoping to spot some Southern Right Whales... No sighting today, but they will soon return to this area... The sunset and amazing colourful scenery was wonderful and well worth waiting for in the cold winter breeze despite the lack of marine mammals...
On Tuesday the 7th of June, a few hours before another winter storm was to hit our coastline again, we boarded Barracuda (Shark Diving Unlimited) just after sunrise... The conditions were on the rough side, and the surface glare was so terrible that the Sharks were difficult to see... We observed nine different White Sharks however in a couple of hours.
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