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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 10 November 2015 (Trip 1 + 2 | Great White Shark Cage Diving South Africa

Tuesday, November 10, 2015 | 0 Comments

Author: Kelly Baker (Biologist)

They say that good things come to those that wait and this mornings trip learnt this lesson...

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Daily trip 09 November 2015 | Shark Diving Gansbaai

Tuesday, November 10, 2015 | 0 Comments

Author: Mike Barron (Biologist)

Our early morning trip was met just outside the slip ramp by a pod of Bottlenose dolphins .....

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Daily Blog 08 November 2015 (Trip 1 + 2) | Great White Shark Cage Diving Gansbaai

Monday, November 09, 2015 | 0 Comments

Author: Kelly Baker (Biologist)

The first shark of the day showed its fin about 40 minutes into our time on the water. This individual was on the shy side...

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Daily Blog 07 November 2015 | White Shark Diving Gansbaai

Sunday, November 08, 2015 | 0 Comments

Author: Mike Barron (Biologist)

After a bit of a wait for our first white shark to appear on our first trip our patience was rewarded...

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Daily Blog 6 November 2015 (Trip 1) | Great White Shark Diving South Africa

Friday, November 06, 2015 | 0 Comments

Author: Marine Dynamics (Shark Cage Diving Company)

The day started off slow, but we felt lucky to have had two sharks around the cage...

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Daily Blog 5 November 2015 (Trip 1 + 2) | Cage Diving South Africa

Wednesday, November 11, 2015 | 0 Comments

Author: Marine Dynamics (Shark Cage Diving Company)

Calm days can lead to quiet days, but that wasn't the case today...

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