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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 29 November 2017 | Cage Diving South Africa

Thursday, November 30, 2017 | 0 Comments

Author: Marine Dynamics (Shark Cage Diving Company)

Who needs Silver and Gold when we’ve got a Bronze frenzy!

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Gansbaai: Deceased White Shark, Cape Infanta

Wednesday, November 29, 2017 | 0 Comments

Author: Marine Dynamics (Shark Cage Diving Company)

On Saturday the 25th of November a deceased white shark was reported to the South African Shark Conservancy by Ichthyologist, Sarah Halse, from the Breede area. On Sunday the 26th, Dyer Island Conservation Trust’s white shark biologist, Alison Towner, retrieved the shark and brought it back to DICT’s Kleinbaai facility.

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Daily Blog 28 November 2017 | Shark Diving Gansbaai

Tuesday, November 28, 2017 | 0 Comments

Author: Marine Dynamics (Shark Cage Diving Company)

We were off to a banger this morning with a white shark and two coppers around the cage straight away!

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Daily Blog 27 November 2017 | Great White Shark Cage Diving Gansbaai

Monday, November 27, 2017 | 0 Comments

Author: Marine Dynamics (Shark Cage Diving Company)

The new week is here, but were the white sharks?!

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Daily Blog 26 November 2017 | White Shark Diving Gansbaai

Sunday, November 26, 2017 | 0 Comments

Author: Kelly Baker (Biologist)

The first trip for Slashfin today was off to a good start with two Copper sharks appearing not long after we had anchored in the Shallows...

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Daily Blog 25 November 2017 | Great White Shark Diving South Africa

Saturday, November 25, 2017 | 0 Comments

Author: Kelly Baker (Biologist)

A bright and early start this Saturday morning for the crew and guests of Slashfin as we set out for the Shallows...

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