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).

Thursday the 18th of November 2004 was a beautiful day at sea... no wind... flat ocean... clear water... and hot! We observered twelve different White Sharks while chumming, and counted another five in our morning and afternoon shore transect. Nick stayed at home to prepare for his PhD phone interview on Friday.
One of the most active Sharks today was very small measuring less than two meters... She was very curious and always came to the engine to probe its metalic structure. Outboard engines have quite a strong magnetic field, and Sharks can sense this field with their Ampullae of Lorenzini, and that triggers their interest thinking that it may be food...
On our afternoon shore transect along the Haibaai beach, we spotted three White Sharks swimming in the shallows...

Near the end of the beach, the water was so clear, and it was such a hot day that we all decided to go for a well deserved swim... We had someone on the tower to spot for eventual Sharks...

On Saturday the 20th of November, while Tracey and Trey were in Cape Town fetching Alice Clarke at the airport and sorting Trey's visa extension, we went to sea. Also celebrating the end of Nick's strenuous and stressful week after his phone interview yesterday for his PhD grant at the University of Aberdeen.
We observed 21 different White Sharks today, a lot of very small Sharks are visiting the area at the moment. A Southern Right Whale (see pictures above) breached several times in front of Lamnidae. On Sunday, a late winter storm bringing heavy rain and strong seas hit our coastline, and we are stuck on shore for a few days...
On Sunday the 21st of November 2004, the first storm of a series of unusual winter storms hit our coastline, and we were stuck on shore for several days... Below are some pictures Alex Brown took during the past week...
Above: Evening Braai in the garden Below: Gansbaai mountain
Above: Gansbaai nightlife Below: Excursion to Hermanus
Above: Gansbaai sunset Below: Haaibai beach fun
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