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

Oliver RUDD (Oxford, England) joined the program from the 2nd of July through the 15th of August 2004.

On the 1st of August 2004, we welcome two new research assistants:

Callum Michael CALL from Aberdeen in Scotland


Holly FRANK from Surprise in Arizona, USA

On Sunday the 1st of August 2004 (Swiss National Day!), Michael and Oliver said good-bye to Gael, and drove to the airport (after a delicious breakfast at the New York Bagel Deli in Greenpoint) to pick-up our two new assistants, Callum and Holly. We then took a slow but scenic drive back to Gansbaai, and stopped at the Stony Point Penguin colony near Kleinmond.
We then stopped in Hermanus to try and see some more African wildlife... and of course the Dassies or Rock Rabbits were all over the rocks... and just as we arrived, we saw a Southern Right Whale breach offshore! Callum and Holly were quite tired though following those long flights from Europe and especially from America.
On Monday the 2nd of August 2004, introduction day for our new group of assistants, we were invited by Shark Diving Unlimited on board Barracuda. Less than a mile from Kleinbaai harbour, we encountered a pod of over a hundred Common Dolphins... Beautiful day at sea, with some large remanent swell from the past storm.
We observed 11 different White Sharks within a few hours... It was an amazing day with the Sharks! As there was only two diving guests on the boat, Oliver and Holly jumped in the Shark cage... Callum would have joined them, but he did not feel too good on this first day at sea unfortunatelly...
Before returning to shore, we drove through Shark Alley, the channel between Dyer Island and Geyser Rock to look at the permament colony of 50'000 Cape Fur Seals on Geyser Rock... and on the way back to Kleinbaai, we encountered a Southern Right Whale...