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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 27 January 2016 (Trip 1) | Cage Diving South Africa

Friday, January 29, 2016 | 0 Comments

Author: Kelly Baker (Biologist)

This morning we launched with our International Marine Volunteers to see what we could find...

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Daily Blog 17 January 2016 (Trip 1) | Shark Diving South Africa

Sunday, January 17, 2016 | 0 Comments

Author: Kelly Baker (Biologist)

We have some FINtastic news...the sharks have been spotted in the bay...

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Great white sharks scarcity in Gansbaai January 2016

Wednesday, January 13, 2016 | 0 Comments

Author: Alison Towner (Marine Biologist)

On January 1st 2016, after an incredible December, white shark sightings began to slow down in Gansbaai. Cage diving operators are returning from sea reporting no sightings of white sharks despite extensive attempts to find them, for over a week. There are eight companies each trying different parts of the bay daily. Many speculative statements get thrown about whenever drops in the shark’s numbers occur. Therefore, we have attempted to address some real possibilities...

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Daily Blog 08 January (trip 1) | Great White Shark Cage Diving South Africa

Saturday, January 09, 2016 | 0 Comments

Author: Mike Barron (Biologist)

The missing shark saga continues…

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Daily Blog 06 January 2016 (Trip 1 + 2) | Shark Diving Gansbaai

Wednesday, January 06, 2016 | 0 Comments

Author: Tami Kaschke (MA, research assistant)

Sadly, no sharks today...

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Daily Blog 05 January 2016 (Trip 1, 2 + 3) | Great White Shark Cage Diving Gansbaai

Wednesday, January 06, 2016 | 0 Comments

Author: Mike Barron (Biologist)

The day the sharks left town…(most the sharks) 

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