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.

On Friday the 8th of July, the team left for the open ocean with Shannon and Brandon Ainslie to get some footage of the two brothers on their surf boards. On their way back, they observed a remaining particle of the Sardine Run getting hammered by Dolphins and Gannets. MikeS and MikeR took care of some stuff in East London.
In the afternoon, Charles, MikeS and ABC4 started on the long drive back to Gansbaai. We slept over in Jeffrey's Bay to cut the journey home in half. The rest of the National Geographics team remained one more night in East London to film the Surfers in action from a helicopter on Saturday morning... This has been an amazing week!
Back in Gansbaai, on Sunday the 10th of July, while the National Geographic team was travelling back, Charles, MikeS, ABC4, Chris and Tom (Tom Flengeris, one of our assistants from 2002, came back from his travelling for a few days) boarded Lamnidae to go to Dyer Island and Geyser Rock to get some more Seal in action footage and film some Sharks.

In the evening, when Sue, Becky, Andy and MikeR arrived in Gansbaai, we had a great traditionnal South African barbecue 'braai' at our home...

Everybody was very tired, but we celebrated the very successful past week, and had fun as always... We had to get up early the next day again for our last day on Lamnidae.

Below are some photographs taken by Andy Brandy Casagrande IV today with his Canon 20D and 10-22mm superwide angle lense in his Ikelite housing...
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