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

Alex RILEY (Nottingham, England) and Giacomo PALAVICINI DE WITTE from Mexico are assisting the White Shark Trust fieldwork at Dyer Island.

On the 24th of May 2004, Benjamin WESTROPE (Wilmington, North Carolina, USA) returned from Mossel Bay where he was assisting the joint Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS) and Marine and Coastal Management (MCM) research expedition to attach near-real-time SPOT Satellite transmitters on White Sharks.

Ramon Bonfil, Shannon O'Brien and Heather from the Wildlife Conservation Society also returned from Mossel Bay where they managed to attach eight near-real-time satellite transmitters on the dorsal fins of White Sharks.

We caught the second White Shark of the day from Lamnidae, a 360 cm TL male Shark. Once we is caught by Stephan, the Shark quickly gets tired on the line, and Lamnidae drives towards the FRS Sardinops where the Shark is lifted onto a craddle. Once on the craddle, the Shark is injected with antibiotics, vitamins, anti-stress medicines, etc, blood is drawn and the tag is mounted on the dorsal fin.
Later that afternoon, another 360cm TL male White Shark was also caught. Two more Sharks tagged successfully! During the present research expedition in Mossel Bay and at Dyer Island, ten White Sharks have been tagged with near-real-time SPOT satellite tags, whereas during the two previous three-week research expeditions in 2003, only seven Sharks had been tagged with these transmitters..