The White Shark Trust Field Research Assistantship is taking a two week break in fieldwork. Michael Scholl and the White Shark Trust will be busy with SABC's Special Assignement TV program on the controversial Gansbaai Salmon Farm, and with a National Geographics production on White Sharks and Shark vs human incidents.

Our new team of field research assistants will join us mid-July, and we will resume our usual fieldwork.

Andy Brandy CASAGRANDE IV is living in Fishoek on the shores of False Bay where he is assisting Alison KOCK (South African Museum / Save Our Seas) with her research project at Seal Island for the next few months. Alison is also taking a break in her fieldwork to attend a conference, and Andy decided to spent two weeks with us in Gansbaai.

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 friend and guest. Chris will be joining the Shark Diving Unlimited team on board Barracuda and continue our photo identification project during this break.

On Friday 1st of July 2005, the influential and journalistic television program 'Special Assignement' visited Gansbaai once again to look at the controversial Gansbaai Salmon Farm. Wilfred Chivell of Dyer Island Cruises invited us on board Whale Whisperer to introduce the extreme diversity of the fragile local ecosystem to viewers...
We were very lucky in encountering a couple of Southern Right Whales and a large pod of Dolphins on our way. This was a fantastic excursion! The Whales are now back in numbers in South Africa, and for the next six months, we can enjoy their company along our coastline again...
Our friend Craig Spencer of the Overberg Nature Conservation joined us also, and expressed his views and opinions about the Salmon Farm. The 'Special Assignement' team has been investigating the Gansbaai Salmon Farm for a few weeks now, and have made some very interesting discoveries...
On our way to collect one oiled Jackass Penguin from Dyer Island, we observed a Cape Fur Seal preying on a Jackass Penguin... Some Seals unfortunately learn to 'play' prey on Penguins, and being such social animals teach other Seals to do the same. Penguins are under tremendous treat from overfishing and are endangered, and this certainly was a sad view...
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