February 2, 2006 Post subject: White Shark Research Expeditions 2006
I am writing to you on behalf of the ReefQuest Centre for Shark Research, to let you know about our White Shark Research Expeditions, 2006, and give you an update on what has been a fantastic 2005.
We had a remarkable summer at Seal Island observing and recording over 100 natural predations and identifying over 160 different sharks. We had repeat visits from some of our ‘regulars’ including Cuz, Scratchy & February, and made many more new friends including Trace, Rooi, Latoya & the absolutely spectacular M’Lady.
In addition to our successful expeditions we published an exciting and groundbreaking journal article on our work at Seal Island, the article was published in the prestigious ‘Journal of the Marine Biological Association’, and can be viewed at http://www.reefquest.com/pdf/Predatory_Behaviour_of_WS.pdf An overview of our research is featured in the February edition of BBC Wildlife Magazine “Discoveries” section.
So after a highly successful 2005, we at the ReefQuest Centre for Shark Research are very much looking forward to 2006 and another fantastic season at Seal Island, and once again we are looking for volunteer research assistants to join our research teams in June and July.
ReefQuest’s shark research expeditions present an incredible opportunity to learn about White sharks and get involved with scientific research. ReefQuest’s study site, Seal Island in False Bay, is home to a large White shark congregation and on any given day you can see up to 20 natural predations and the same number of White sharks around the boat.
We at ReefQuest are dedicated to research and education and as a team everyone is responsible for collecting data and conducting research. During our trips, participants will get the opportunity to study and contribute to this amazing research and in doing so, gain incredible experience that they could not get anywhere else as well as witnessing these remarkable animals in their natural environment and cage dive with the White sharks (conditions permitting & only if you want to).
False Bay, South Africa, provides a truly unique opportunity to observe natural predation by White sharks on Cape fur seals and has become very famous for a spectacular White shark behaviour known as the ‘breach’, in which a 2000 -pound White shark explodes from the ocean in pursuit of prey, in an awesome display of power and acrobatic prowess. I can guarantee that you will never see or experience anything as incredible as you will on our White Shark Research Expeditions.
On the expeditions, ReefQuest will also be joined by White shark experts Chris Fallows and Rob Lawrence, the two individuals responsible for discovering the amazing breaching behaviours that occur at Seal Island.
Our work has been documented in television productions, scientific papers, magazine articles and book publications, everyone who contributes to the research will get credit and acknowledgement for their work in the field. You cannot find this type of amazing experience with any other organization.
If you are interested in joining our research team, you will need to apply for a position by sending me your resume and an accompanying brief cover letter. Not everyone who applies for our expeditions is accepted, but anyone with a positive attitude, a willingness to work as part of a team, and having skills that will contribute to our research (field work experience, artistic ability, experience of behavioural research, videography, etc) will be seriously considered,
The best time to see White sharks at Seal Island is in June and July, our expedition dates are below:
Expedition 1: 1-14 June
Expedition 2: 16-29 June
Expedition 3: 1-14 July
Expedition 4: 16-29 July
The price of the shark expeditions is us$3295 which includes operator costs for 10 days at sea, accommodations, local airport transfers, breakfasts, lunches, scuba rental, cage access, guest lectures, and alternate activities on ‘weather days’, as well as your copy of ‘Field Guide to the Great White Shark’ by R. Aidan Martin and your ReefQuest research team t-shirt.
All of the information, including more information on our accommodation, is available on the website at http://www.reefquest.com/for_students/expeditions.html
The cost is payable in two instalments, the down payment is required by Feb 15th and the balance payment by April 15th.
To view a short expedition video clip see
I hope this has been informative. Please do not hesitate to contact me if you have any further questions. I would also greatly appreciate it if you could please forward this to anyone you think would be interested in our White Shark Research Expeditions,
ReefQuest White Shark Research Expedition, 2006… the experience of a lifetime!
Andy Currie: Expedition Leader
ReefQuest Centre for Shark Research
Email: firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com
Website: www.reefquest.com or www.elasmo-research.org