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

Timo SECKLER (Ellenberg, Germany), Graham HORTON (Milton Keynes, England) and Greg WRIGHT (Glenside, Pennsylvania, USA)

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.

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' parents Peter and Penny are visiting South Africa for two weeks at the end of July.

Our friend Trey SNOW (Wilmington, North Carolina, USA) returned as a guest on the 18th of July to Gansbaai and the White Shark Trust following a couple of months of travelling through Africa from Cape Town to Nairobi in Kenya.

The old saying 'calm before storm' was indeed once again true as we were stuck on shore for many days... The winter is back in full force... Near the end of July, Graham, Greg and Trey went to Mossel Bay for five days to assist Ryan Johnson to track White Sharks using telemetry... They managed one continuous tracking session of 72 hours.
Mossel Bay is located 350kms east of Gansbaai, and is a much better protected bay than Dyer Island which is open to the full force of our winter north-westerly storms... This was a great achievement, probably the longest continuous active tracking of any White Shark in the world... They also went on a couple of days of roadtrip along the Garden Route...
On the 21st of July, the White Shark Trust home moved from Gansbaai to Kleinbaai... The landlord of our five year long house rental sold the house, and we had to move to a new home. Our new home is located just above the little harbour of Kleinbaai where we launch Lamnidae to go to Dyer Island. This is a really convenient location!
On Friday the 29th of July 2005, the ocean still very unsettled from a series of storms, Michael and Timo boarded Barracuda (Shark Diving Unlimited) and we spotted six different White Sharks. Timo got to dive in the Shark cage with great underwater visibility conditions, and with 'Springer', one of the crazier Sharks in the area at the moment...
Very large swell were rocking Barracuda... and something occured which I thought was gone forever... I got seasick... something that I had not felt in over six years... but I was joined by Frank and Nzunda also... Bad bad day for the crew on Barracuda... while only one tourist was sick. Anyway, one of those embarrassing moment in life I guess...
On Saturday the 30th of July 2005, After enjoying a cup of coffee at the Carcharias Boutique in the harbour, Michael and Timo were invited to go on a Whale Watching excursion on board Whale Whisperer (Dyer Island Cruises)... Amazing... Three Southern Right Whales were 'hugging' each other for a long time...
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