The White Shark Trust Field Research Assistantship is taking a two week break in fieldwork. Michael Scholl and the White Shark Trust will be busy with SABC's Special Assignement TV program on the controversial Gansbaai Salmon Farm, and with a National Geographics production on White Sharks and Shark vs human incidents.

Our new team of field research assistants will join us mid-July, and we will resume our usual fieldwork.

Andy Brandy CASAGRANDE IV is living in Fishoek on the shores of False Bay where he is assisting Alison KOCK (South African Museum / Save Our Seas) with her research project at Seal Island for the next few months. Alison is also taking a break in her fieldwork to attend a conference, and Andy decided to spent two weeks with us in Gansbaai.

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 will be joining the Shark Diving Unlimited team on board Barracuda and continue our photo identification project during this break.

From the 2nd to the 12th of July 2005, we have been involved in the White Shark episode of the new National Geographic 'Hunter & Hunted' series. The following pages of the White Shark Trust gallery arre dedicated to these wonderful days spent in the company of the most professional and most fun film documentary people we have yet worked with... and I imagine that the photographs will show just how much fun we had!

Let us first introduce the main players of the film shoot:

Sue Houghton

'Hunter & Hunted' Series Producer

Becky Beamer

Associate Producer

Bleep Bleep Productions

Andy Mitchell


alias 'Russell Crowe'

Mike Rodgers


alias 'Ashton Kutcher'

Persistent Productions

Charles Maxwell


Underwater Video Services

Michael Scholl

Investigator - Shark Biologist

White Shark Trust

Andy Brandy Casagrande IV

White Shark Trust - Field Research Assistant

Chris Milnes

White Shark Trust - Field Research Assistant

And of course all the great people we have met while filming in East London, helped the production (John Birch), and especially all the fun and enthusiastic Surfers we have met... Special thanks to Shannon (below) and Brandon Ainslie around whom this story elvolves mainly...
Saturday the 2nd of July 2005 was our first day on the National Geographic's Hunter & Hunted documentary shoot. We anchored Lamnidae, the White Shark Trust research boat, and filmed the normal research and tracking process without chumming. Charles Maxwell brought along his rubberduck to film our work from a different perspective. Windy day...
On Sunday the 3rd of July, the strong wind blew us off the water, and we spent the day preparing for our long trip to East London on the Eastern coast of South Africa where the Shark - Shannon Ainslie incident occured five years ago. We had lunch at the Cafe on the Rocks in De Kelders, and watched the first great Whales of the season!
Monday the 4th of July 2005 (Happy Independence Day to all Americans who read this), we drove the long road (circa 1100kms) from Gansbaai to East London with two vehicles and an amazing half-a-White-Shark... We stopped for lunch in Plettenberg Bay, and were lucky to spot a pod of Dolphins just off the beach...
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