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.

Following a few days of stormy seas (again) and the repair of the starter motors of Lamnidae's outboard engines, we prepared to launch Lamnidae again on Friday the 10th of June 2005... Unfortunately, the starter motors seemed to experience more bad temper and were unable to get the engines started. Barracuda welcomed us once more...
Burkhart Heetlage, a german documentary Art Director preparing his next White Shark documentary, and Bart Smithers, another film maker of BFT Productions and preparing a story about the Gansbaai Salmon Farm for 50/50, a popular environmental program on the South African TV, accompanied us for the day...
We observed seven different White Sharks today... One Shark was over-enthusiastic about the bait, half-breaching on the bait with nearly every approach... Some cool shots! We were also very lucky to have an Albatros flying around Barracuda for quite a while... Always an amazing sight! They are perfect and elegant gliders in the air, just like Sharks are in water...
But in the end, it seemed like a very unlucky day for boats anyway... One of Barracuda's outboard engines also broke down... The guests were driven back to Kleinbaai with a rubberduck to lighten the boat, while the crew and assistants took a slow drive back to the harbour on one engine... Anna enjoyed her slow drive back!
Burkhard Heetlage is leaving South Africa on Sunday after a (too) short week visit to investigate and prepare his next documentary film project. On Saturday the 11th of June, we (Michael, Tracey, Mike and Burhard) drove to Cape Town (below is a view from Sir Lori's Pass over False Bay and Table Mountain in the background).

We visited the superb and very informative dedicated Shark World museum at the South African Museum in Cape Town and then the Two Oceans Aquarium in the V&A Waterfront for Burkhart to scope future filming locations, and then drove to Fishoek to pick up Chris Milnes, and a short dusk visit to Boulder's Beach's wonderful Jackass Penguin colony...

We stayed at the Sunflower Stop Backpacker near the V&A Waterfront overnight, and I drove Burkhard to the airport at five on Sunday morning to catch his flight back to Germany.

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