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).

Friday the 22nd of October 2004, we went out on Lamnidae... Very nice day at sea... Shortly after anchoring, a Southern Right Whale swam past our boat and gave us an amazing display of her fluke!

Happy Birthday Alex!

We observed six different White Sharks today... Returning to shore, we did our usual shore transect along the beach, and we observed an additionnal twelve White Sharks! Unfortunately, the sea was not flat and the shore breakers were far out... We spotted two Southern Right Whales, a pod of Humpack Dolphins and three White Sharks within 50 meters of one another...
One of the White Sharks also loved the engines... Fortunately for her, our engines have a protective sock that protect the Sharks from any potential injuries... But she really liked biting the engines, and I think we will need some new engine covers very soon...
NB (families of past, present and future assistants especially): The picture above showing Alex in the water with a White Shark is of course a composite image! We do not throw our assistants in the water elsewhere than in the little harbour of Kleinbaai on their birthdays (and/or on their last day)...
In the evening, we celebrated Alex' Birthday with a braai... A fresh Yellowtail and a home backed beer bread on a wood fire... Lots of laughter and some dancing (lucky Tracey)! The party went on into the early hours of the morning... And below is a picture for ABC4 who just loved my beer bread... See what you are missing!?!?
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