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

Justin HUBBEL (Anaheim, California, USA), Anna BATTESE (St-Fadden, Australia), Adam PHILLIPS (Redditch, United Kingdom) and Brandon MITCHELL (Chapel Hill, North Carolina, USA).

Our friend 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 as a guest.

Our friend Trey SNOW (Wilmington, North Carolina, USA) returned as a guest on the 6th of May to Gansbaai and the White Shark Trust following a month of travelling and diving in Mozambique and the eastern part of South Africa.

On the 28th of May, we welcomed back Andy Brandy CASAGRANDE IV (Santa Cruz, California, USA) to Gansbaai and the White Shark Trust for a few days. ABC4 has volunteered as an assistant in 2003 and 2004, and he is now back for nine months to assist the research project in False Bay and later this year return to Gansbaai with the White Shark Trust.

On Saturday the 28th of May 2005, we were once again invited on board Barracuda (Shark Diving Unlimited) to avoid being stuck on Lamnidae when the forecasted bad weather and rain would hit the area... We observed 13 different very active White Sharks today... Overcast sky but relatively calm ocean...
In the early afternoon, when we came back from our trip to sea, Michael drove Trey to Hermanus to catch a shuttle to Cape Town where he would welcome his mother, sister and brother-in-law who arrive today for a visit to South Africa... Our assistants, Anna, Brandon and Adam, tagged along for the excursion to Hermanus... and we all went to watch Star Wars Episode III...

We then tried to spot some Southern Right Whales, but unfortunately did not see any in Walkerr Bay... But we found many Dassies sitting on the cliffs of Hermanus, and they posed for our cameras as always...

And Brandon (USA, age 20) had his first ever legal beer in a bar!

Some of you might remember Andy Brandy Casagrande IV (ABC4) from our 2003 and 2004 assistants... Well, he is back in South Africa!!!

A shuttle picked Andy up at the airport this afternoon and drove him to Hermanus, where we picked him up at the end of the afternoon... Andy is staying with us in Gansbaai for a few days, and then he is going to assist Alison Kock (Shark Research Center - South African Museum) in her White Shark research project in False Bay for the next four months, before returning to Gansbaai later this year...

We had a nice braai in the evening celebrating his return... He really missed the Sharks! And we all really missed Andy and his guitar!

On Monday the 30th of May 2005, Tracey and Michael had some business to take care of in Hermanus in the afternoon, and Brandon and Anna came along... Beautiful day, but unfortunately the winter northwesterly wind was blowing. So far, this is the worst winter in many years, and it probably will get much worse still... Dassies or White Sharks?
Trey's mother, sister and brother-in-law arrived in South Africa for a short visit of their Sharky son... On Monday the 30th of May 2005, they were invited on board Barracuda (Shark Diving Unlimited) along with Adam, his last day in South Africa... They observed six different White Sharks, but the Sharks behaved in a shy manner and were innactive at the surface...
Monday the 30th of May 2005...

Happy Birthday Trey!!!

We were all invited to Frank se Gat in the evening for a traditionnal braai (steaks, boorewors, and fish) to celebrate Trey's birthday in the company of Trey's family and friends... Great evening!

Adam was flying back to the Queen's Motherland on Tuesday the 31st of May, and we had to say goodbye before embarking on Barracuda (Shark Diving Unlimited) in the morning... We observed twelve different White Sharks in calm conditions before the next cold winter front hit our coastline...
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