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

Edward FARRELL (Dublin, Ireland), Clova JURK (Perth, Scotland), Sarah BAHAN (Idaho, USA), and Barney DUNLOP (Bath, England)

Timo SECKLER (Ellenberg, Germany) has been our assistant since the 15th of July 2005. He assisted with the manual telemetry tracking of White Sharks in Mossel Bay during the month of August.

Andy Brandy CASAGRANDE IV has been our assistant, guest and especially friend since September 2003, and he has been living in Gansbaai and assisting the White Shark Trust during most of 2004 and now again in 2005.

On Thursday the 1st of December, a friend from the US Virgin Islands, Bill Neill, came to visit Gansbaai again, over four years after his first encounter with White Sharks. His friend Ben Beer joined him on their safari adventure in South Africa and Zimbabwe. Ed joined them on their excursion on board Marine Dynamics' Shark Fever vessel. Unfortunately, the weather and sea conditions were so bad that Ed, Bill and Ben were the only sea-sickness survivors among nearly twenty people on board. But they saw some White Sharks from the surface, even though cage diving was not really possible and certainly not enjoyable.

When will the weather finally be normal again?

The Cape Town radio station, GoodHope FM were the guests of the Great White House and Marine Dynamics today, and Michael Scholl was invited for an interview with DJ SUGA. We spoke about Nicole's incredible voyage to Australia and back to South Africa, the controversy about chumming and the interactions with humans, about the Sharks near beaches, etc... I must admit to being a bit nervous in the beginning, but DJ SUGA made it a very pleasant and successful experience, and it was great!
In the afternoon, we went to our favourite little coffee shop in De Kelders, Cafe on the Rocks, for milkshakes and chocolate cake (and scones for the English Man of course!)... Usually this is a perfect spot to enjoy while watching the Whales along the coast, but today the ocean was too rough and the wind to cold to sit outside...
In the evening, we had a braai feast with lamb chops, boerewors and fresh tuna steaks... and we invited Bill and Ben as well as our neighbours, Lance, Jean and Jade. Great evening and delicious food! And I cannot take credit for the braai, since Lance was in charge of the braai, and Tracey of the salad and potatoe dish. Very nice evening!
On Friday the 2nd of December 2005, Sarah, Ed and Barry were invited on board Whale Whisperer, Dyer Island Cruises' Whale watching boat...
In the afternoon, we drove to Hermanus to drop Bill and Ben at the car rental agency. Bill had some serious Pizza craving after three weeks in the African bush, so we eased his pain. Sarah got a lift to Cape Town with them, to celebrate a friend's birthday.
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