Shark Protection often refers to their conservation... But this issue can be taken much closer to our working conditions... The White Sharks we work with everyday often come very close to the boat. The White Shark Trust prouds itself in doing its upmost in keeping the sharks away from the potential wounding danger of the boat and outboard engines. But on very rare occasions, some sharks are just too curious and come and mouth the engine (metallic object in sea water)... some sharks are very relaxed, others get surprised... other sharks take the bait too close to the boat and bump the engines... Our assistant are trained to not let the sharks any closer to the boat than the shark's body length, hence preventing any such accidents. Since December 2001, we only had three sharks in contact with the engines.

We hope that this action will promote the use of similar engine covers by the commercial cage diving companies working around Dyer Island. These engine covers are slipped like a sock onto the engine once the boat is on anchor, hence the whole process is a relatively easy procedure.

The White Shark Trust would like to thank Shark Diving Unlimited who sponsored the material to build these engine covers. Shark Diving Unlimited was the first commercial cage diving company to use engine covers to minimise any potential damage to the Sharks since May 2003.
Michael Scholl and the White Shark Trust would like to thank our Field Research Assistants, Alan Duncan (left) and Andy Casagrande (right), for their effort and help in building these two first engine covers for Lamnidae.