The White Shark Trust Field Research Assistantship is proud to introduce you to our assistants:
Michael UNWIN from Watford (United Kingdom), Jessica da Silva from Toronto (Canada) and Andrew BLAKE from Newport (Wales, UK).
On Sunday the 13th of April 2003 we were joined by Dr. Ramon Bonfil (Wildlife Conservation Society), Stephan Swanson and Mike Meyer (Marine and Coastal Management) to deploy the first batch of 40 satellite tags. Unfortunately, we observed only one very small shark on this miserable and uncomfortable day...
Monday the 14th of April 2003... Well, what can we say? 23 (twenty-three) different White Sharks observed and 4 PAT satellite tags deployed later, words are simply missing to describe this fantastic day! Amazing & Wonderful (and confusing at times)!!!
On Tuesday the 15th of April 2003, the weather was just ideal... the sharks have changed, but we observed 15 different white sharks today! Ramon Bonfil, Stephen Swanson, Mike Meyer and Nick Chevallier (filming the whole expedition) joined us. We tagged two more sharks with satellite PAT tags.
This first phase of the 2003 satellite tagging program resulting from the collaboration between the Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS) and the South African Marine and Coastal Management (MCM) has been very successful with six PAT tags deployed in a couple of days. The joint team will now move to Struisbaai to tag the remaining four tags...