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  • In Gansbaai, the largest white shark ever caught was at Danger Point and measured up to 5.9m. The exact world record white shark is a contested issue, but chances are it is between 6-7m.

  • If you see a white shark in the water don’t panic. Chances are high that the shark has already detected you and isn’t interested. White shark attacks are normally associated with poor visibility, so avoid murky conditions.

  • White sharks have a unique system called a “counter current heat exchange”, which keeps their body  tempreture +/- 7C above the surrounding water temperature. 

  • All sharks have an incredibly unique system on the tip of their nose called the “ampillae of Lorenzini”. These are small pores filled with a gel that transmits the electrical currents in the water to the shark’s brain so that it can assess its environment.

  • White sharks give birth to live young (not eggs), and they give birth to 6-8 pups at one time. Pups are usually between 1.0-1.5m in length and are born with teeth.

  • Body language has been a well documented form of shark communication and has identified body arching, jaw gaping, and other postures as specific social tactics.

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Daily Blog 21 December 2017 | Great White Shark Cage Diving Gansbaai

Thursday, December 21, 2017 | 0 Comments

Author: Kelly Baker (Biologist)

“Just keep swimming” seems like a saying that has been repeated around here frequently over the previous 11 months, with such uncertainty surrounding white shark sightings in this area, we always hope for the best and just kept going, this popular Disney/Pixar quote comes in handy. Well guess what…

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Daily Blog 20 December 2017 | White Shark Diving Gansbaai

Thursday, December 21, 2017 | 0 Comments

Author: Sarah Munro-Kennedy (Guiding Biologist)

When working with wildlife, you never know what you may see when we head out for the day. Would we see sharks?If so, what kind?...

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Daily Blog 19 December 2017 | Great White Shark Diving South Africa

Wednesday, December 20, 2017 | 0 Comments

Author: Kelly Baker (Biologist)

A bright and early launch on a perfect Summers day. Slashfin's first group launched from Kleinbaai Harbour at 7:30am and we quickly made our way onto anchor in the Shallows...

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Daily Blog 18 December 2017 | Cage Diving South Africa

Monday, December 18, 2017 | 0 Comments

Author: Marine Dynamics (Shark Cage Diving Company)

We headed out into the morning sun this morning with sharks on the mind!

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Daily Blog 17 December 2017 | Great White Shark Cage Diving South Africa

Sunday, December 17, 2017 | 0 Comments

Author: Kelly Baker (Biologist)

A morning prediction of rain help true to some extend with some light drizzle that thankfully did not fill the full prediction and did not impact on our trips much at all...

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Daily Blog 16 December 2017 | Shark Diving South Africa

Sunday, December 17, 2017 | 0 Comments

Author: Marine Dynamics (Shark Cage Diving Company)

We departed a little later this morning, into some lovely sunshine and with sharks on the mind!

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