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

Sophie Fleur POST (Groningen, The Netherlands), Jessica REDINGER (Hope Valley, RI, USA), Oliver RUDD (Oxford, England) and Gael LAMIELLE (Decines, France).

On Monday the 12th of July, we went to sea on board Lamnidae... For the first time in ten days, we saw clouds in the sky... Overcast in the morning, the sky cleared for a hour at noon, only to be completely overcast again... and a light rain started... We observed 12 different White Sharks today, and one Shark stayed with us for over a hour... Nice day, shame about the weather... after all it is winter...
Andy Brandy Casagrande (ABC4), the author of the now famous "Great White Shark", "Poacher" and "Pitbull" songs, and a previous WST assistant, joined us for the day on the boat... Jessica was on the baitline, but from the pictures below, it looks like she was pulling the wrong lines when a Shark was around (or maybe, she was just sick and tired of my continuous photographing)...
Shortly before sunset, we suddenly observed a couple hundred Dolphins swimming along the coastline off Gansbaai, passing just in front of our house and the harbour wall... The Dolphins were swimming towards Danger Point (picture to the right and below). Michael, Sophie and Jessica jumped in the car to go see them from closer...
Strong seas have developed following a cold front that passed our coastline yesterday afternoon. On Tuesday the 13th of July 2004, we had some heavy seas and overcast sky for most of the day. We only observed six different White Sharks, probably because of one active Shark that stayed with us for nearly four hours and kept the other Sharks away...
We welcomed Eileen on board Lamnidae today... Sophie was on bait-line duty (well, it actually not so much a duty as it probably is the most fun job)... That Shark who stayed with us for four hours, half-breached onto the bait several times (see the photos below), and she is now ready for the world arm-wrestling championships with the muscles she developed throwing the bait out the whole day...
A Giant Petrel decided that our bait looked enticing... The Petrel landed around the boat and "attacked" our bait... but The Shark was around, and these birds are not exactly the fastest taking-off birds there is... Looking at the Shark one last time (a close look), the bird decided that it definitely was not worth trying to "steal" this food from the Shark...