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

Benjamin WESTROPE (Wilmington, North Carolina, USA), Jennifer LEE (Arcadia, California, USA) and Alex RILEY (Nottingham, England).

On the 1st of May 2004, we welcomed Giacomo PALAVICINI DE WITTE from Mexico.

On Sunday the 2nd of May 2004, Shark Diving Unlimited invited our assistants to join their excursion on board Barracuda. Our assistants observed six different White Sharks today, and although it was a rough day at sea with large waves and strong winds, they had a good time, especially Giacomo as it was his first day with the Sharks!
On Monday the 3rd of May 2004, we were once again invited by Shark Diving Unlimited to join them on board Barracuda. The forecasted wind was very strong and it was much more comfortable being on a larger boat. We observed 12 different White Sharks today.
On Tuesday the 4th of May 2004, we went to sea early with Lamnidae, before the low spring tide... we anchored shortly after sunrise. At first the Sharks were quite active, but late morning, the Sharks became few and shy... We observed 9 different White Sharks today. It was Alex's first "Master Baiting" experience, and he did very well on the bait line...
Due to the difficulty to identify the sex of the White Sharks we observe, the White Shark Trust invested in a small pencil camera mounted on a pole and connected to a little LCD screen... This will allow us to look at the belly side of the White Sharks and identify the sex (presence or absence of claspers in the pelvic fin area). Today was our trial day, and the results were positive.
With the swell picking up in the late morning, we returned to shore early afternoon. Rough day at sea! Giacomo did indeed feel the sea today!

We also observed a beautiful lunar (moon) eclipse during the early evening of the 4th of May 2004. For a change the sky was clear of any clouds, and it was just a perfect evening for an eclipse.