SAMPLA’s inaugural week has arrived and gone, leaving an air of excitement amongst SAMPLA’s team of scientists, photographers and explorers. The launch of the SAMPLA’s white shark research project at Mossel Bay promises a new era of South African marine research, not least because it focuses on the world most enigmatic and awe inspiring marine predator, the great white shark.
The SAMPLA team gathered last week, some returning from as far a field as
Nostalgia in scientific research is not encouraged. Even if it was encouraged emotion, some may say it is debatable that creatures like the great white shark could engender nostalgia. Nostalgia it was, though, for the SAMPLA team when they recognized three individual that had been sighted on a number of occasions since 2001. The sharks did not appear reciprocate recognition or happiness. The tuna head on offer was the sharks’ prime focus, and the millions of years of evolution on their side, may suggest that nostalgia is
RYAN, STEPHEN, ENRICO and TOBY