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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 20 February 2017 (Trip 1 + 2) | Shark Diving South Africa

Monday, February 20, 2017 | 0 Comments

Author: Kelly Baker (Biologist)

This morning was our first trip out on the water since Friday and whilst we had a very friendly Cape Fur seal visiting for most of the trip we did not have a shark sighting....

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Daily Blog 17 February 2017 (Trip 1) | Great White Shark Cage Diving South Africa

Friday, February 17, 2017 | 0 Comments

Author: Kelly Baker (Biologist)

We were back on the water today after two days off due to lack of shark sightings and also some bad weather. Today's weather was very much different to yesterday's with calm seas and clear, blue skies...

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Daily Blog 14 February 2017 (Trip 1) | Shark Diving Gansbaai

Tuesday, February 14, 2017 | 0 Comments

Author: Kelly Baker (Biologist)

Even though it was Valentine's Day the sharks showed us no love and we experienced our 6th day of no shark sightings...

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Daily Blog 13 February 2017 (Trip 1) | Great White Shark Cage Diving Gansbaai

Monday, February 13, 2017 | 0 Comments

Author: Kelly Baker (Biologist)

Today was Slashfin's first day back out on the water since Friday with no sharks sighted in the bay since Wednesday the 8th of February. The team and guests headed to the Islands to have a cruise through Shark Alley...

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Daily Blog 10 February 2017 (Trip 1) | White Shark Diving Gansbaai

Friday, February 10, 2017 | 0 Comments

Author: Kelly Baker (Biologist)

We headed out later this morning with our first and only group of the day in the hopes that today would be more successful than yesterday...

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Daily Blog 09 February 2017 (Trip 1 + 2) | Cage Diving South Africa

Friday, February 10, 2017 | 0 Comments

Author: Kelly Baker (Biologist)

The day's that we all dread came today, with the first day of no sightings for 2017! With yesterday's slow activity, in which we were lucky enough to be one of only a few that actually saw sharks...

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