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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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Tuesday, May 30, 2017 | 0 Comments

Author: Alison Towner (Marine Biologist)

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Author: Alison Towner (Marine Biologist)

We got really lucky out on the water today with 4 sharks on both trips includng a large 4m on our last trip of the day. 

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Author: Marine Dynamics (Shark Cage Diving Company)

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Author: Tami Kaschke (MA, research assistant)

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Author: Tami Kaschke (MA, research assistant)

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