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

Anna PEZALLA (Oak Park, Illinois, USA), Benjamin WESTROPE (Wilmington, North Carolina, USA), Richard P.A. ATKINSON (Harrogate, North Yorkshire, England), Chris MILNES (Grantham, Lincolnshore, England) and Andy B. CASAGRANDE - ABC4 (Santa Cruz, California, USA)

Wednesday the 25th of February 2004 turned out to be a windless and flat day at sea... We observed three different White Sharks today... Finally! We welcomed back Les Noble from the University of Aberdeen, and his friend Ashley. Jacques, Andy's travelling companion, also joined us on the boat. The Sharks did not stay around the boat for long, but at least we had some...
Anne Pezalla is still in Mossel Bay helping the Marine and Coastal Management team with the data collection, while they are deploying ultrasonic transmitter and uploading the recorded information on automated receiver units.
Here are some pictures taken by Richard Atkinson during the past few days...
Friday the 27th of February 2004... Another early start for the team, myself, Chris, Ben and Richard, left the harbour of Kleinbaai at 0630. Flat sea... no wind... and the fog around the islands, made a real strange atmosphere.

Unfortunately, today was another day withour Sharks... Six hours of staring down our chum slick, and not a sign of any dorsal fin or shadow gliding just under the glassy water surface.

Quite boring... but fortunately, Richard is entertaining us with his thougtful remarks or questions: "What is the pointy thing called in front of a Swordfish?"... yes, we know, it is actually a bill, but I am sure sword would have done too!

Saturday the 28th of February 2004 started as a very nice day, but by mid-afternoon, heavy rain clouds and fog blew over us at sea... Wet, choppy and cold...

And another day without any Sharks... except the shadow which glided under the boat for a few seconds... Very disappointing! And we cannot even blame it on Anne's return...