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

Chris MILNES (Grantham, Lincolnshire, England), Andy CASAGRANDE (Santa Cruz, California, USA), Polly CROUCH, Alice CLARKE (London, England), and Rick HOLMES (Likely, BC, Canada).

Alan DUNCAN (Dunfermline, Fife, Scotland) has been with us since the beginning of September. Marine and Coastal Management (MCM) invited one of our assistants to help them during their two week satellite tagging project at Dyer Island and in Mossel Bay on board the FRS Sardinops. Alan was the lucky assistant to join this joint research program with the Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS). He joins the tagging team from the 3rd to the 17th of November 2003...

Wednesday the 5th of November 2003 turned out to be a rough sea day... certainly too rough for the Satellite Tagging team to deploy any tags on the sharks as they have to be hauled onto a stretcher on the side of the boat, a delicate and potentially dangerous operation. Alan Duncan was on the FRS Sardinops for the day. On Lamnidae, we only observed two sharks, among which the Shark we tagged yesterday...
The Great White Shark shown in the two photographs below is the Shark we tagged yesterday with a PAT tag. We were of course very happy to observe this shark again today...
And here are some photographs taken by Alan Duncan on board the FRS Sardinops on Wednesday the 5th of November 2003... Two White Sharks were tagged with PAT tags today.
On Thursday the 6th of November 2003 the weather was very nice, and the sea much calmer than yesterday.

Alan Duncan joined the joint MCM / WCS team on board the FRS Sardinops again... Unfortunately the Sharks were not very active today and no White Sharks were tagged. The RS Ecklonia, required for the deployment of the SPOT tags, unfortunately had some serious problems and could not be launched.

On board Lamnidae, we welcomed Tom Peschak, who neglected us for some time now trying to get underwater photographs of Southern Right Whales. We observed 7 different White Sharks in less than two hours.

Some photographs taken by Chris Milnes over the past few days...
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Some of the photographs shown in these pages depict hooking and handling Great White Sharks. These pictures do not reflect the White Shark Trust's foundation statement. The SPOT satellite tagging is a joint collaboration between the Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS) and Marine and Coastal Management (MCM). The White Shark Trust does not agree or support the hooking operation of White Sharks to attach SPOT tags to the dorsal fins. The White Shark Trust would like to see alternative attachment methods used without hooking and hauling the Sharks out of the water. The White Shark Trust does however support the PAT tagging program which involves normal spear tagging without direct handling.