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

Andy CASAGRANDE (Santa Cruz, California, USA), Darren John HUNNIFORD (Haverfordwest, Pembrokeshire, Wales) and James KIRBY (London, England).

On Friday the 19th of December 2003, we went to sea again after a small storm (very unusual weather for the season... and the water temperature is an astounding 20 degrees Celcius!)... we observed three White Sharks, and one Shark had a Satellite Transmitter attached to its dorsal fin (different Shark from the other day)... Beautiful and hot day!
Andy took his guitar to sea as usually... playing around the whole day, while composing new songs about Sharks, Gansbaai, women and poachers... and (again as usual), he performed live for the guests on Stan (Shark Diving Unlimited) while waiting for White Sharks... Andy's got several nicknames (most we cannot display here), one of them is the Shark Whisperer...
On Sunday the 21st of December 2003 we left at six in the morning to sea before the spring low tide... Huge waves were still rolling through the bay, but we managed to get out anyway. Andy's last day with us this year... He is leaving this afternoon for a roadtrip in Southern Africa through Namibia, Botswana, Zimbabwe and Mocambique... More on that when he comes back next year...
We observed four different White Sharks today... all very small Sharks around or below 250 cm in length. The water was very murky and the Sharks were not easy to see... and apart from swift and speedy surprise approaches on the bait, the Sharks did not remain with us for long (or maybe we simply just could not see them). Nice day!