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

Anna BATTESE (St-Fadden, Australia) has been with us since the 1st of May, and Brandon MITCHELL (Chapel Hill, North Carolina, USA) has been with us since the 16th of May.

On the 1st of June 2005, we welcomed

Mike PERSSON from Red Deer County, AB, Canada


Bryce ROHRER from Greenwich, CT, USA

Andy Brandy CASAGRANDE IV left for False Bay where he will assist Alison KOCK (South African Museum / Save Our Seas) with her research project at Seal Island for the next few months.

Chris MILNES (Grantham, Lincolnshire, England), one of our old assistants from 2003 and 2004, has also come back to visit and is also volunteering for the White Shark Trust as a friend and guest. Chris is also assisting Alison Kock at Seal Island in False Bay from the 1st to the 12th of June 2005.

June certainly started where May has left... Stormy once again, and we were stuck on shore for a few days again. On Saturday the 4th of June, the weather cleared but the ocean was still very rough, and we enjoyed a delicious milkshake at the Cafe on the Rocks in De Kelders, hoping to see some Southern Right Whales... Unfortunately, we were not that lucky...
We dropped our assistants, Anna, Brandon, Mike and Bryce, at Die Plaat, at the very end of De Kelders and they enjoyed a walk along the cliffs back home in Gansbaai. In the meanwhile, sadly, but not surprising, a spearfisherman disappeared today off Simon's Town in False Bay as a result of an unfortunate encounter with a Great White Shark.
On Sunday the 5th of June 2005, we finally managed to launch Lamnidae again... Poor boat has not seen a lot of ocean lately... Great day! We observed ten different White Sharks today... The first couple of hours, we had two Sharks around the boat, then we observed eight Sharks within an hour, and then played with two of these Sharks for a couple more hours.
At some point, in between two Shark sightings, a lonely and young (read: unaware) Cape Fur Seal decided to visit us and play around our boat at some point... Coming to look at the bait, and probably wondering what we were doing... Thankfully for the Seal who certainly did not realise that we were attracting its worst enemy... But it certainly was funny!
Below are some images taken by Chris during his ten days spent around Seal Island in False Bay assisting Alison Kock in her research project...
Below is a photograph of a breaching Great White Shark taken by Andy Brandy Casagrande IV (ABC4) on Sunday the 5th of June around Seal Island in False Bay while assisting Alison Kock with her research fieldwork... Amazing!!!
Do you like our photo gallery? Would you like to support the projects the White Shark Trust is conducting? We welcome any donations and sponsorships, and we thank you in advance for your support and interest.

You can make a donation to the White Shark Trust using your credit card - Click on the PayPal button above. For bank transfer and cheque donations, please click here.

Subscribe to the White Shark Trust NewsGroup

This free subscription allows you to communicate with others sharing the same passion for Sharks, and you will receive regular newsletters from the White Shark Trust...

Powered by