On the 20th of January, we welcomed back another of our assistants from 2002, Tom FLENGERIS (Toronto, Ontario, Canada) and on the 20th of February, we welcomed back another of our assistants from 2003, Chris MILNES (Grantham, Lincolnshire, England). Trey Snow, Tom Flengeris and Chris Milnes are not part of the Field Research Assistantship anymore, but they have volunteered for the White Shark Trust.

During the months of January through March, Trey SNOW (Wilmington, North Carolina, USA), Tom FLENGERIS and Chris MILNES conducted our transitory fieldwork from Barracuda, the commercial cage-diving boat of Shark Diving Unlimited.

At the end of March, Tom left for a diving trip to Mozambique, and at the beginning of April, Trey also left Gansbaai for a diving trip to Mozambique... We hope that they get to dive with some Whale Sharks! Chris Milnes (Dorsal Graphics) is a graphic designer and he is helping us with his expertise...

On the 1st of April 2005, the White Shark Trust is resuming its normal fieldwork and research activities in the Dyer Island area, and we welcomed our new assistants:

Justin HUBBEL from Anaheim, California, USA

Lorin J. FINNIE from Reigate, Surrey, England

Phillip SMITH from Ithaca, New York, USA

(home to Tom Green's university!)

and

Ronald NEALY from Freeport, Florida, USA

On Sunday the 3rd of April 2005, the first day for our new group of assistants... As always when we get a new group, this was their orientation day, but fortunatelly, Chris could assist Michael on the boat as he had already spent five months with us in 2003 and 2004. We observed seven different White Sharks today! Great introduction!
On Tuesday the 5th of April 2005, we were invited on board Barracuda (Shark Diving Unlimited) for the day...

Shark Diving Unlimited is running a week long Scientific Expedition. Primo Micarelli from the Aquarium Monte Argentario lead a group of nine participants.

This was also the perfect opportunity for our new assistants to get a second 'easy' learning the ropes gathering information, while also enjoying the day taking photographs...

We observed eight different White Sharks today, and one of the Sharks performed a series of half-breaches on the bait...

On Wednesday the 6th of April 2005, we observed nine different White Sharks... The ocean was flat, but unfortunately, the sky was overcast casting a annoying glare on the water surface which makes it difficult to see the Sharks coming to the bait... Very nice day!
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