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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 17 May 2017 Trip 1 & 2

Wednesday, May 17, 2017 | 0 Comments

Author: Tami Kaschke (MA, research assistant)

The fog cleared and sharks appeared.......

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Daily Blog 16 May 2017 Trip 1 & 2

Tuesday, May 16, 2017 | 0 Comments

Author: Tami Kaschke (MA, research assistant)

We are now 3 for 3!!

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Daily Blog 15 May 2017 Trip 1+2

Monday, May 15, 2017 | 0 Comments

Author: Tami Kaschke (MA, research assistant)

For the second day in a row, we had a single shark sighting!!!! 

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Daily Blog 14 May 2017

Sunday, May 14, 2017 | 0 Comments

Author: Tami Kaschke (MA, research assistant)

Great news.........

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Daily Blog 8 May 2017

Monday, May 08, 2017 | 0 Comments

Author: Marine Dynamics (Shark Cage Diving Company)

Today has been another sad day for all the shark lovers...

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Great White Sharks hunted by Orcas in Gansbaai

Monday, May 08, 2017 | 0 Comments

Author: Marine Dynamics (Shark Cage Diving Company)

A timeline of deceased Great White Sharks found around the Gansbaai and Struisbaai area, due to Orca predations. Read the full blog for more information on the results of the necropsies by our marine biologists.

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