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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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09 February 2017 | Deceased Great White Shark

Friday, February 10, 2017 | 0 Comments

Author: Alison Towner (Marine Biologist)

At 7 am this morning a deceased white shark Carcharodon carcharias was reported to the Dyer Island Conservation Trust by Anton Barnard in Pearly Beach...

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Daily Blog 08 February 2017 (Trip 1 + 2) | Shark Diving South Africa

Wednesday, February 08, 2017 | 0 Comments

Author: Kelly Baker (Biologist)

Gansbaai is world renowned for the large predatory fish that visits it's waters, the White shark, however there are other large predators that inhabit the seas off the South African coastline and one is the Orca. The first group that joined Marine Dynamics were lucky enough to start off their morning with glimpses of two male Orcas...

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Daily Blog 7 February 2017 | Great White Shark Cage Diving South Africa

Tuesday, February 07, 2017 | 0 Comments

Author: Marine Dynamics (Shark Cage Diving Company)

What a great day out at sea. On our first trip for the day we encountered eight different Great White sharks around our vessel Slashfin...

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Daily Blog 06 February 2017 | Shark Diving Gansbaai

Monday, February 06, 2017 | 0 Comments

Author: Marine Dynamics (Shark Cage Diving Company)

Our first trip started overcast with some wind blowing over the bay...

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Daily Blog 05 February 2017 (Trip 1 + 2) | Great White Shark Cage Diving Gansbaai

Monday, February 06, 2017 | 0 Comments

Author: Alison Towner (Marine Biologist)

The day started with an incredible first trip. February is notoriously a difficult month for white shark sightings in Gansbaai so we were very pleased to see our first shark arrive within less than 10 minutes of being anchored...

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Daily Blog 04 February 2017 (Trip 1 + 2) | White Shark Diving Gansbaai

Saturday, February 04, 2017 | 0 Comments

Author: Kelly Baker (Biologist)

This morning started off all doom and gloom with overcast skies that threatened to open up and pour down on us at anytime but it held off and eventually cleared. The sea also had a bit more motion to it today...

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