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

Alex BROWN (Burnham, England), Trey SNOW (Wilmington, North Carolina, USA), Nicolas PADE (Nivaa, Denmark) and John NICHOLS (La Jolla, California, USA).

On Monday the 15th of November, the weather and sea conditions were wonderful... Beautiful day to go out to sea again and see some Great White Sharks again!

We observed seven different Sharks while on anchor chumming...

We then conducted our usual shore transect along Haibaai's beach... Unfortunately some large swell made it... 'dangerous' at times... but it was well worth our 'effort'... We identified 16 different White Sharks along the shore, and another 5-10 Sharks that we could not identify. At one point we counted nine different Sharks from the boat at the same time... Amazing!
When we conduct our shore transect along the beach, we have no chum or bait in the water... We simply cruise along the shore... We have not yet been able to explain why these Sharks swim along the beach in really shallow water. Feeding on Stingrays or other fish? Relaxing in the highly oxygenated surf waters? There certainly is a social aspect for the concentration of Sharks observed, and the different behaviour patterns we observe... but for the moment, we really do not know. This is what White Sharks do, and always have done... And none of these Sharks come to the boat when chumming... This is another mystery which we hope to solve or at least better understand sometime.

In the early hours of Monday the 15th of November, a 77-year-old lady, Tyna Webb, went swimming off Sunny Beach, near Fish Hoek on the Cape Peninsula, as she has been doing for over a decade. Unfortunately, she was unfortunate to attract the curiousity of a passing Great White Shark, and Tyna Webb lost her life as a result of this encounter.

Most likely, the Sharks in False Bay also swim in the shallow waters along the beach during the spring and summer months. In January 2003, Michael was swimming in the water along Haibaai. Michael saw a White Shark swimming straight towards him from maybe fifteen meters... the Shark was swimming slowly and close to the surface, and approached Michael to less than two meters, and then suddenly turned around and swam away. These Sharks are extremely curious, and unfortunately today, Tyna Webb met a Shark somehow more curious than others...

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