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

Chris MILNES (Grantham, Lincolnshire, England), Andy CASAGRANDE (Santa Cruz, California, USA), Polly CROUCH, Alice CLARKE (London, England), and Rick HOLMES (Likely, BC, Canada).

Alan DUNCAN (Dunfermline, Fife, Scotland) has been with us since the beginning of September. Marine and Coastal Management (MCM) invited one of our assistants to help them during their two week satellite tagging project at Dyer Island and in Mossel Bay on board the FRS Sardinops. Alan was the lucky assistant to join this joint research program with the Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS). He joins the tagging team from the 3rd to the 17th of November 2003...

As a result of a huge storm SW of Southern Africa, large waves were crashing on our coastline... The beginning of the week was spent on shore. Rick spent two days in Hermanus, or the big city as we like to refer to... it really is not much larger than Gansbaai, but it is much more tourist oriented and offer more to do. Rick wanted to experience more of South Africa than just Gansbaai...
On Wednesday afternoon, we went to Grootbos Nature Reserve for a nice drink overlooking the entire Walker Bay. We then stopped at De Kelders to watch the sunset and a few Southern Right Whales...

We welcomed Dr. Les Noble from the University of Aberdeen. Finally! For the past five years, he has been trying to come to Gansbaai to discover Great White Sharks for himself...

Thursday the 13th of November 2003... a stunning day! Dead calm ocean with just a light breeze to keep us from jumping in the water... Dr. Les Noble joined us on board Lamnidae... We observed ten different White Sharks today! Great day!

The FRS Sardinops came back to Gansbaai after three unsuccessful days in Mossel Bay.

Alan Duncan was still on board the FRS Sardinops helping with the tagging...

Andy B Casagrande was invited to join Predator II to perform his songs live...

Rick Holmes was invited by Shark Diving Unlimited to join the crew on board Stan...

Myself, Polly, Alice and Les were on Lamnidae...

As we sailed past Stan later in the afternoon, we saw a very happy Rick... caged in! Rick had a fantastic day with Shark Diving Unlimited... and a very exciting dive in the Shark cage (this time, he did not forget his contact lenses). As it turned out, this was Rick's last day as the weather turned bad on Friday. Great last day!
Some photographs taken by Alan Duncan (actually a lot of pictures of himself posing) during his stay on the FRS Sardinops...

Barbara Mangold (Veterinarian), Alan Duncan and Mike Meyer (Marine and Coastal Management) on the back of the FRS Sardinops... waiting for Sharks in Mossel Bay...

Alan Duncan with the two drills with which the satellite tag attachment holes are drilled through the dorsal fin...

Mike Meyer having lunch and at the same time on the lookout for White Sharks in Mossel Bay... judging from the lack of Sharks during the three days in Mossel Bay, he was quite relaxed having lunch...

Barbara Mangold is the main Veterinarian during the MCM / WCS satellite tagging project... She tries her luck at mastering the bait...

A three meter White Shark caught on hook on Thursday afternoon is brought to the stretcher on the side of the Sardinops...

On Thursday afternoon, the joint MCM and WCS team on board the FRS Sardinops managed to hook a White Shark, the third adequate length Shark in over ten days. This Shark was still quite agitated when she was brought in the craddle, but the operation went well and fast, and the Shark swam off easily afterwards...
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Some of the photographs shown in these pages depict hooking and handling Great White Sharks. These pictures do not reflect the White Shark Trust's foundation statement. The SPOT satellite tagging is a joint collaboration between the Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS) and Marine and Coastal Management (MCM). The White Shark Trust does not agree or support the hooking operation of White Sharks to attach SPOT tags to the dorsal fins. The White Shark Trust would like to see alternative attachment methods used without hooking and hauling the Sharks out of the water. The White Shark Trust does however support the PAT tagging program.