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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 trip 24 April 2013 | Shark Diving South Africa

Wednesday, April 24, 2013 |  0 Comment Tags: Nicola Stelluto, shark cage diving,

Author: Nicola Stelluto (Environmental Ecologist)
My initial love for the environment occurred at a young age when my father and I use to watch animal documentaries on Sunday evenings. I was hooked on anything ocean related when I saw these amazing submersibles going to such extreme depth in the ocean and discovering previously unseen things. To be the first to go somewhere where no one has been before was the first thing that attracted me to the field of natural sciences.

Guest comment: “This was an amazing day, very professional, helpful and kind. I loved all of the information provided and to the honour to share the water with the sharks!” Leighm.

“Had a fantastic experience:)! Felt very safe and team very helpful and knowledgeable. Hope all our visits help towards the cause. Was amazing!” Lucy.
 
“Brilliant! Once I got over the initial shock. Thank you for the experience!” Sarah and Ben.

24/04/2013
Location: Joubertdam
Water Temperature: 16.4 'C
Depth: 12.6m
Visibility: 3.0m
Number of Sharks: 11
Conditions: Sunny with chilly winds.

When Frank Sinatra wrote the song “Fly me to the Moon” I’m almost certain he was inspired by the Great White Shark. That is exactly what these animals had in mind on today’s trip; they just kept leaping out of the water to everyone’s delight! “Nemo” and “Malcolm X” joined us yet again and so did numerous other sharks, at times we had three different sharks around the boat all interested in the bait and decoy lines. Well done to the crew in being so quick in their response time. Good day out...

If you are looking to get up close and personal with the great white shark then Shark Diving in South Africa, and more specifically with Marine Dynamics, is a once-in-a-lifetime experience you won’t want to miss. Book online with us and get a free video of your encounter with the world’s apex predator. 

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