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.

Another week of stormy winter seas and bad weather has gone by... We managed to get the starter motors of Lamnidae's outboard engines fixed on Wednesday evening... But the ocean was still very unsettled on Thursday the 16th of June, so we went on an excursion to Cape Town and the Cape Peninsula with our assistants... We left Gansbaai long before sunrise at six in the morning to make the most of the day...
Above is a view from Sir Lori's Pass looking westward over False Bay, Table Mountain and the Franshoek mountains. Our first stop was Boulder's Beach near Simon's Town: A few Jackass Penguins decided some 30 years ago to establish a new colony on this wonderful beach, and their population has now reached over 3'000 Penguins...
On our drive along the eastern coast of the Cape Peninsula to the famous Cape of Good Hope, we encountered a troup of Baboons observing cars and tourists drive by... They are always so entertaining and captivating to observe, and they make you reflect on our own origins...

And since the world is filled with stupid tourists who have no idea about wildlife, or have simply lost total touch with nature, and ignore (or cannot 'read' the international drawings) signs displayed everywhere giving people simple guidelines about Baboons, you are doomed to see some people's cars rampaged by Baboons...

Anyway, Baboons are really funny to observe, especially when babies are around...

At noon, we arrived at the Cape of Good Hope National Park parking near the southernmost tip of the Cape Peninsula... We walked up to the old lighthouse, and Anna, Brendon and Bryce walked to the new lighthouse and then from Cape Point to the Cape of Good Hope. We then drove north towards Cape Town along the western coast of the Peninsula.
We drove over the impressive Chapman's Peak and got into Cape Town an hour before sunset... We decided to take the cable car to the top of Table Mountain overlooking Cape Town, the Cape Peninsula, Table Bay and Robben Island... What an amazing way to end the day! And it certainly was a sunset to remember... We were very lucky with the hazefree view tonight!
At midnight, we went to Cape Town International Airport to pickup Justin Hubbell, who just returned from a three week travelling expedition from Namibia to Mozambique passing through Botswana and Zimbabwe... We then drove back to Gansbaai... Unfortunately, at two in the morning, our car broke down in Hermanus, a mere fiftty kilometers from Gansbaai... We slept over in Moby's Backpacker in Hermanus...
On Friday the 17th of June, we went to sea with Lamnidae in the afternoon, once we actually managed to get from Hermanus to Gansbaai... Big swell... Murky water... Little Shark activity... BUT we were out on the ocean again with Lamnidae and the Great White Sharks!!! We observed five different Sharks today...
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