In September 2002, the White Shark Trust welcomed four Field Research Assistants: Laura Jane POOLE from Aberdeen (Scotland), Helen Sarah FINDLEY from Southampton (England), Alasdair HARRIS from Edinburgh (Scotland) and Camille MELLIN from Thiverval Grignon (France).
On Monday the 9th of September, Laura, Helen, Camille and Al, decided to go on a "road trip" along the famous Garden Route for four days... I know they are unrecognizable in these pictures! Well they left at five in the morning, that might explain the long faces...
Although the weather forecast was very bad for the few days our assistants left on their "holiday", the weather turned out to be rather nice...

These are some more pictures of De Kelders, great place for sunsets and for shore based whale watching over Walker Bay...

On Thursday the 12th of September, I was invited by Shark Diving Unlimited to go out to sea on their boat for the day...

I wanted to check on the shark on which we had attached our last PAT satellite tag last Saturday... Unfortunatelly, we did not observe that shark, but we observed what probably was the smallest White Shark I have ever seen: about 150cm total length! Amazing!

We observed six sharks that Thursday, of which three were close to four meters... very nice day!

I know that my assistants will miss the sharks when they come back... but I am sure that they had a great trip! And South Africa is an amazing country to visit...

On Friday the 13th (hooooo.... scary!) of September, we only observed two sharks, both resightings from previous days...

Very windy day... and as you will see some assistants take their job all too lightly: Al handling the bait line AND the seal decoy line with his feet...

In the afternoon, we went for a walk on the wonderful beach of Erlkraalsmond... Al and myself went swimming in the surf while the girls were tanning on the beach! Great waves! (and no shadows)...

We also welcomed back Pippa Hackland from the University of Cape Town who is doing her Honours project with us...

Saturday the 14th of September looked at first like a fantastic and hot day... well the wind swiftly picked up to over 20 knots and the sea got rough just as fast...

We observed five sharks, of which one stayed with us for nearly two hours... and he was active!!!

Hellen was our Master Baitor today... lost a few baits and even two floats! Not really her fault as shark one was a sneaky and speedy shark... Some days you are lucky others not... the strong glare on the water and the rocky sea condition made this a difficult day also...

Camille was our watcher, and Laura our data recorder... and Al seems (yeah right) to have woken up today: he actually is working standing up!!!