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

Timo SECKLER (Ellenberg, Germany) has been our assistant and friend since the 15th of July 2005. He assisted with the manual telemetry tracking of White Sharks in Mossel Bay during the month of August.

Andy Brandy CASAGRANDE IV has been our assistant, guest and especially friend since September 2003, and he has been living in Gansbaai and assisting the White Shark Trust during most of 2004 and now again in 2005.

On Friday the 30th of December 2005, I drove with Andy to Cape Town to stay and work with my friend Tom Peschak, who invited us to stay with him for New Years... On Saturday, we needed a break and went to Camps Bay for a swim in the Atlantic... the water was much colder than around Gansbaai, but very refreshing! beautiful and hot day!
In the evening, we met my first Research Intern, Veronica Jauruso, at the Big Blue backpacker. Veronica is going to the Good Hope College during January for english classes, and then will join the White Shark Trust on the 1st of February 2006. We celebrated around the backpacker's pool for a while... Andy showing off his new job at National Geographic Television...
We then headed to Long Street in Cape Town centre to properly celebrate the coming New Year 2006!!! Parties everywhere... Live music... and a lot of people everywhere! Great place to celebrate and party!

Happy New Year 2006!!!!

The new year also corresponds to the Field Research Assistantship anniversary, and today we celebrate the fourth and last birthday of this very successful program.
At five in the morning of the 1st of January 2006, we managed to get home... Andy fell asleep within seconds on the couch, still holding his guitar... He needed some help to find his way home though (and to get into bed also)... Great and fun night out in the Mother City!!! Unfortunately, Timo decided to stay in Gansbaai with his girlfriend...
Late that morning, Andy and I went to Kauai for a healthy health breakfast, and then met up tith Tom and Veronica to go to Camps Bay and make the most of this first day of the new year... The beach was packed with people, so we again went a little further among the boulders... Tom had taken his Subal and Nikon D2x to capture some photographs of the underwater world...
Happy New Year 2006!!!
On Tuesday the 3rd of January 2006, we went to the Uilenkraalsmond beach with our dogs, Max and Billy... Timo is sadly leaving tomorrow, after living in Gansbaai for six months! Time is just flying... Nice walk and swim in the much warmer ocean...
Timo got a tatoo of a White Shark jaw yesterday... Tatoo Artist Big Mick from England is on his honneymoon holiday in South Africa, and he came around Gansbaai yesterday... Timo will hence always remember his stay with the White Shark Trust, if for no other reason...
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Great White Shark

Africa Geographic Poster - Shark Detectives

Photograph by Thomas P. Peschak

Following the impact of the image depicting a researcher in a Kayak with a Great White Shark in the article ‘Shark Detectives - Investigating Great Whites’ in the September 2005 issue of Africa Geographic, the author of the photograph, Thomas P. Peschak, and the magazine, Africa Geographic, have created this beautiful poster (840 x 594 mm on glossy paper), another example of peaceful White Shark and Human interaction.
Click on the Africa Geographic link below to order this poster online...

Currents of Contrast

Life in southern Africa's two oceans

Author and principal photographer: Thomas P. Peschak

Southern Africa’s coast is the meeting place of two ocean giants – the Benguela current of the Atlantic Ocean and the Agulhas of the Indian Ocean. They clash fiercely into the continent’s southern tip, dividing the region into two contrasting marine ecosystems that rank among the richest, most biologically diverse and oceanographically complex on the planet. The waters of the west coast are fed by the Benguela, a cold current that accounts for the enormous volume of marine life found here, while those of the east coast – warmed by the Agulhas current – are noted for their huge variety of life forms. Currents of Contrast – Life in Southern Africa’s Two Oceans first introduces the realm of the Benguela, where you will encounter the ocean’s ultimate predator, the great white shark. Here, the nutrient rich waters wash over rocky reefs, and vast kelp forests thrive, providing food for diverse animals and plants, among them Cape clawless otters. In the realm of the Agulhas, you can explore the Knysna estuary and its most charismatic inhabitant, the Knysna seahorse. Follow the sardine run on the east coast and witness the suite of predators that feasts on this silver cornucopia.

Currents of Contrast (hard cover binding, 300mm x 270mm and 200 pages) is accessible, informative and entertaining, providing the detail and substance that will reward the serious naturalist. Photographs appearing in this book were taken specifically for the publication and many feature behaviour never seen or photographed before.

About the Author - Thomas Peschak

Thomas P. Peschak is a marine biologist at the University of Cape Town’s Marine Biology Research Institute. He leads ongoing research into abalone poaching, kelp forest ecology, Cape Clawless Otters and the entho-marine biology knowledge of traditional cultures.

He is an experienced field biologist and research diver and has worked in Africa, Central America, the Middle East and in the South Pacific. Thomas is an award winning natural history photographer and writer specializing in underwater and marine wildlife subject across Africa. He is a regular contributor to BBC Wildlife magazine and to Africa Geographic.

Media Reviews

African Wildlife (Prof. Charles Griffiths)

"In short, this is a magnificent and inspirational addition to the literature on marine life in the region and a worthy successor to the classic and recently out of print Living shores of southern Africa. I strongly recommend it to anyone with the slightest interest in South African marine life."

Divestyle magazine (by Fiona McIntosh)

"Currents of Contrast is a truly magnificent work of art. This glossy-covered, hardback coffee table book is one of the most stimulating and visually attractive I’ve ever seen. Buy it. You’ll spend hours pouring over it and will return again and again to find enlightenment in its pages."

Mercury (Billy Suter)

"This is a very impressive coffee table book, offering a comprehensive look at life in Southern Africa's two oceans."

Endangered Wildlife

"This book is highly recommended, and it will convert many readers into avid marine conservationists."

Fishing Industry News

"It makes an immediate impact, the striking cover invites the reader to open the book, and to be lost forever in the pages!"

To order this book, click on the Exclusive Books logo below for orders in Africa, and on the nhbs logo below for international orders...