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

Justin HUBBEL (Anaheim, California, USA), Lorin J. FINNIE (Reigate, Surrey, England), Phillip SMITH (Ithaca, New York, USA) and Ronald NEALY (Freeport, Florida, USA)

Chris MILNES (Grantham, Lincolnshire, England), one of our old assistants from 2003 and 2004, has also come back to visit and is also volunteering for the White Shark Trust.

Happy Birthday Phil!

On the 21st of April 2005, we celebrated Phil's 22nd Birthday with a traditionnal South African Potjie on the fire... Followed by Tracey delicious chocolate cake... hmmmm...

The first series of winter storms have passed... On Friday the 22nd of April, we launched Lamnidae late morning after low tide... At first, quite a boring day... But it was good to be out at sea again. The sky cleared up with a strenghtening northwesterly wind that may still bring more stormy weather to the area...
A large school of fish swam past the island, and the birds had an all-you-can-eat buffet for a long while... Hundreds of Gulls, Cormorants, Gannets, Terns, and many other marine birds were feasting on the fish...
We observed at least ten different White Sharks by the end of the afternoon... But our seventh Shark was a real player... After a while, we simply took the bait out of the water since she was more interested in coming to look at us than anything else... Fantastic! These are the moments that one will never forget... She was such a wonderful and beautiful Shark!
This White Shark just loved to poke her head out of the water to look at us... Her eye slowly following you as she glides past the boat... People always marvel at Dolphins and their interest in humans... Intelligence... Well, those White Sharks I have met who display such a relaxed behaviour and express such a gentle interest in what is above the surface, makes those same feelings surface in me... She quite often swam directly towards the back of the boat, and I had to push her off gently so that she would not get in contact with the outboard engines...
Below are some photographs taken by Justin Hubbell of our seventh White Shark today...
On Saturday the 23rd of April 2005, we were invited to join the crew of Shark Diving Unlimited on board Barracuda... As soon as the anchor was dropped, it started raining... raining... and more water from the dark sky... It was a horrible day to be anywhere out of your own home, and certainly not on a boat... but at least, we were lucky not to have been on Lamnidae, which offers no, or very little, protection against rain... We observed probably seven or eight different White Sharks today, but our work was seriously diminished due to the bad weather conditions...
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