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

Alan DUNCAN (Dunfermline, Fife, Scotland), Chris MILNES (Grantham, Lincolnshire, England), Andy CASAGRANDE (Santa Cruz, California, USA), Polly CROUCH and Alice CLARKE (London, England).

On Saturday the 4th of October, we spent the afternoon at sea... not knowing that the day would be as flat and beautiful as it was (the forecast said otherwise), we had a late night welcoming party for Polly and Alice...

Tom Peschak and Clare Wilcox joined our excursion... Tom wanted to test his brand new camera pole! We observed six different sharks!

Some bad weather again... and we are stranded on shore. Alan and Andy proposed to build the engine covers donated by Shark Diving Unlimited. These covers will prevent any accidental wounding to Sharks who swim too close to the outboard engines during our fieldwork.

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On Wednesday the 8th of October, we went to Dyer Island Fisheries in the harbour of Gansbaai, where the jaw and fins of the largest White Shark ever caught in South Africa (1987) are exposed... a sad view, but a reminder of the horific international market out there for these jaws (up to 10'000 US$) and fins (100+ US$ for a bowl of shark fin soup).
Great White Sharks have been protected since April 1991 in South Africa, the first country in the world to take this step... followed by Namibia, the Maldives, parts of the USA and Australia, and Malta... but White Sharks are still hunted worldwide unfortunately, and poaching (i.e. illegal fishing) is still a very real problem in South Africa...
That evening, we braiied a delicious Yellowtail on the wood fire, along with a home wood-baked beer bread... I hope that our former assistants who read these lines will remember these nice evenings spent together. Card games were off course among the party too.
The photographs presented below were taken by Michael Scholl with a Canon Sureshot A1 underwater camera hanging from the back of the boat...