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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 | Cage Diving South Africa

Saturday, November 10, 2018 | 0 Comments

Author: Marine Dynamics (Shark Cage Diving Company)

This morning we left the harbour a little bit later than usual, but quickly made our way to our dive site...

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Daily Blog 09 November | Cage Diving South Africa

Friday, November 09, 2018 | 0 Comments

Author: Tami Kaschke (MA, research assistant)

We launched on low tide.......

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Daily Blog 8 November 2018 | Cage Diving South Africa

Thursday, November 08, 2018 | 0 Comments

Author: Marine Dynamics (Shark Cage Diving Company)

This morning we headed out onto a flat sea while a soft breeze blew through the air...

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Daily Blog 7 November 2018 | Cage Diving South Africa

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Author: Marine Dynamics (Shark Cage Diving Company)

After a few days of heavy winds, we were glad to be out at sea once more....

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Daily Blog 3 November 2018 | White Shark Diving Gansbaai

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Author: Marine Dynamics (Shark Cage Diving Company)

Slashfin sailed to our dive site on flat, windless waters...

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Daily Blog 02 November 2018 | Shark Cage Diving

Friday, November 02, 2018 | 0 Comments

Author: Tami Kaschke (MA, research assistant)

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