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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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PRESS RELEASE: People's Choice Award for Marine Dynamics at WTM Africa 2016

Wednesday, April 27, 2016 |  0 Comment

Author: Marine Dynamics (Shark Cage Diving Company)
Marine Dynamics is a Shark Cage Diving company based in Kleinbaai, a small harbour town, part of Gansbaai in the Western Cape of South Africa. This area is known as a hotspot for the Great White Shark and the best place in the world to see and dive with these iconic creatures in their natural environment.

Gansbaai remained in the spotlight at the WTM Africa 2016 when Marine Dynamics won the People’s Choice award in the Responsible Tourism Awards. Past winners Marine Dynamics, Gansbaai and Chobe submitted videos for the award category which is based purely on votes by the public.

The headline sponsor of the awards is Wesgro and each category also sponsored – People’s Choice was sponsored by  Ticket2Utopia. Judges reason for Marine Dynamics win:

“Voted for entirely by the public, the People’s Choice in Responsible Tourism Award allows members of the public to vote for the most inspiring category winner from 2015. Winner Marine Dynamics provide very high quality shark cage diving experiences. They are industry leaders, a commercial operation which operates to the highest conservation standards, where every trip has a marine biologist aboard to provide interpretation and collect data for scientific research. An operator that makes a significant contribution to conservation and the local economy.”

Owner of Marine Dynamics, Wilfred Chivell accepted the award to the delight of his marketing team present at WTM. Wilfred is glad that marine tourism and conservation is being recognised as many of the wildlife conservation awards go to terrestrial projects. “This is also a win for our great white sharks and our endangered African penguins. A big thank you to all those who support our company and conservation work and recognise that ‘Your Choice Makes a Difference’”, says Wilfred. “Ten years ago when I entered the shark cage diving industry it was not looked on so positively. Marine Dynamics has been instrumental in the shift of how this industry is viewed.”

The team from Marine Dynamics would like to thank all our Tourism Partners for voting - we appreciate your support.

The African Penguin and Seabird Sanctuary also featured with a supported sponsorship of the Wildlife Conservation category, the category Marine Dynamics won in 2015. This category was jointly won by two Kenyan operators Mara Naboisha Conservancy and Ol Pejeta Conservancy.

More information: www.responsibletravel.com/awards/africa/

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