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 Monday the 28th of November 2005, Sarah and Barry were invited to board Shark Fever, Marine Dynamics' cage diving vessel. The sea conditions were far from ideal, but at least they got to be with the few Sharks in the bay.
Andy and Clova left for Cape Town on Monday before going to Mossel Bay for a few days to assist with the research project there... Unfortunately, the weather has been far from beautiful and the sea condition were equally far from ideal, so we were stuck on shore for several days. This is a very weird spring, and these late winter winds do not help...
On Wednesday the 30th of November, we launched Lamnidae with Sarah, Ed and Barry... Overcast and gloomy day at sea with some strong swell rushing against the coastline... We went to Dyer Island, had fun looking at the Cape Fur Seals... They are in the middle of their reproduction season and have many other things tha Sharks or visitors on their minds... especially the males!
Haibaai did not look very appealing today with the heavy seas and lazy Sharks... not that we were much luckier at Dyer Island, since we observed no Sharks today... This is very strange for the season... Oh well, we played some weird word games to pass the time... and let's just say that the English believe that any combination of letters are actually real words...
Read what Barnaby DUNLOP had to say about his experience at the White Shark Trust Field Research Assistantship...

My time in Gansbaai was simply awesome and I only wish I could’ve stayed longer. I spent four weeks assisting Mike with his research and I couldn’t think of a more exciting way to spend a month, it was an amazing experience and one which I will never forget.

The sharks were obviously the main attraction and they did not disappoint. The great whites are awesome creatures and thrilling to work with however it wasn’t just the sharks that were fun to be with but the people too. Mike and the other assistants were all extremely good fun and we had some very entertaining times both on and off the boat.

My time in Gansbaai could not have been more different from life back home in London and seeing whales, dolphins, seals and the occasional penguin certainly beats the usual commute! Gansbaai is a very small town meaning that the days on land could sometimes get boring however the utterly thrilling days at sea certainly compensated.

Assisting Mike at the White Shark Trust was a fantastic opportunity to be part of an invaluable research project, see some fantastic wildlife and have a lot of fun at the same time. I would thoroughly recommend the assistantship to anyone who’s interested in sharks and wants a challenging and memorable experience.

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