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

Trey SNOW (Wilmington, North Carolina, USA), Nicolas PADE (Nivaa, Denmark), Alice CLARKE (London, England), Gillian Taylor (Sutton, Surrey, England) and Kate BARLEY (Cleethorpes, Lincolnshire, England).

Friday the 3rd of december 2004... Beautiful day at sea... Finally the sea had calmed down after the arrival of Kate and Gillian! We observed four different White Sharks today, and our first Shark was a bit crazy... speeding up to the bait at incredible speeds, but Alice was faster!
We also anchored near Dyer Island today... November and December is the breeding season for Cape Fur Seals, and unfortunately, many baby Seals get washed off the rocks, drift away and drown... One of these baby Seals came to the boat, nudging Lamnidae with its nose... Clearly exhausted and about to drown, we took it on board...
The few-week old baby Seal was completely exhausted... shivering cold... and it rested and slept for a good hour on the warm black bin lid... We then drove to Dyer Island channel and got as close as possible to Geyser Rock, and released it near the rocks... The next wave rushed it onto the island...
This is always a very sad time to visit the island as thousands of baby Seals die every year... not really from White Sharks, but rather mostly from drowning, bitten or tramped on by adult bull Seals on a quest to the next female... Several will wash up on shore also, but their chances of survival is very slim... and South Africa has no rehabilitation centers or facilities unfortunately.

Every year, Wilfred Chivell, owner of Dyer Island Cruises, organises a delicious party-braai-feast to thank all the people working with White Sharks in the area for welcoming his guests on Whale Whisperer to see the Sharks as well... A very nice and generous gesture...

We were all invited for the occasion and had a lot of fun!

We continued the party till the early hours of the morning at our usual party spot: Frank se gat, i.e. Frank's private pub... We all had a great time tonight, but we were missing two dear friends with whom we had great times in that place... Alex and John!
On Saturday the 4th of December, none of our assistants were anywhere close to be woken up at anytime after that fun and late evening... A pod of Humpback Dolphins were playing off the Gansbaai harbour wall, and two bodyboarders were playing in the large surf rolling alongside the harbour wall... Easy day on shore...
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