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 Monday the 11th of July, MikeS, Chris, ABC4, Andy and Charles boarded Lamnidae to film our photo-identification research and get some nice underwater footage of the Sharks... Great day at sea and as always great company! This was the first time, that I regretted not having a larger boat to welcome MikeR, Sue and Becky on board too...
In the evening, we were invited to join the National Geographic's team for dinner at Saxon Lodge where they have been staying during their time in Gansbaai. Great fun! Great entertainment provided by ABC4's songs... Great White Sharks... Poacher... Pitbull...
On Tuesday the 12th of July, National Geographics were busy filming one of the touristic cage diving company. We launched Lamnidae for a short while for Andy to film the operation from a different angle, and then returned to shore, parked Lamnidae back at home, and took a shuttle back to Predator II, the cage diving boat.
As we admired the wonderful sunset, we were preparing for a night cage dive to see some 'Nighty-Whities' as Sue calls them from her experience in Guadalupe Island off the Mexican coast... We spotted some Sharks, but none stayed around the boat to be seen underwater unfortunately...
On Wednesday the 13th of July, the National Geographic's team will go out with Rob Lawrence in False Bay to film some White Shark breaching and hopefully some natural predations on Seals...

This is the end of a fantastic two weeks spent in the company of amazing, great and fun people! Very sad... but the memories and new friends will certainly never fade away!

Watch out for the three first episodes of the Hunter & Hunted series to be aired on the 28th of July 2005 on the US National Geographic television channel: Alligator @ 8 PM, Tiger @ 9 PM and Snake @ 10 PM. The next three episodes will air sometimes in October 2005...

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