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

Alan DUNCAN (Dunfermline, Fife, Scotland), Chris MILNES (Grantham, Lincolnshire, England), Andy CASAGRANDE (Santa Cruz, California, USA), Polly CROUCH and Alice CLARKE (London, England).

We also welcomed Rick HOLMES from Likely (British Columbia, Canada) on the 16th of October 2003.

On Saturday the 18th of October 2003, the sea flattened out, and we managed to get to sea even though the wind was quite strong.

We observed five different White Sharks today... first day for Rick who was very excited to discover his first White Sharks! Very nice day!

Alice was our Master Baitor for the day, and she handled the bait like an expert... with the skill of a matador... two of the sharks today always swam slowly to the bait and accelerated at the last second... a difficult trick to avoid the shark from taking the bait.

Rick felt the jetlag kicking in... even his excitement could not keep him awake!

We returned back to shore early today... the Rugby Worldcup game South Africa vs England was showing this afternoon... we decided to stay at home - much safer environenment when you have three English nationals in the group. Tracey and Chris made a bet: whichever team loses, the looser will wear the winning team's emblem painted on their face...
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Here are some photographs taken by Andy Casagrande (ABC4) during the past few days...