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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 21 April 2017

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.

Guest comment:

"Great staff, very informative & helpful throughout. Great experience." - Richard & Michelle

"Great morning. Very friendly and informative crew." - Garry & Jenny

"Fantastic!! Thank you so much for this opportunity" - Guadalupe

 

21/04/2017

Location: Joubertsdam                                                                                                                                                         

Water Temperature: 11.5°C + 11.5'C

Depth: 5.8m + 7.0m

Visibility: 0.5 - 1.5m

Number of Sharks: 4 + 1

Conditions: Clear skies, flat seas and south easterly wind

We launched at seven from the Kleinbaai harbour and were heading straight towards Jubertsdam. Arrived at the dive site after a10min boat trip we started chumming straight away and were hoping to see a white shark. We have been waiting for almost two hours but the luck was on our side and we got to see a shark. In the end we encountered four different individuals, all of them around 3 meters.

The second trip of the day launched with hopes that we too would see a White shark. We did not have long to wait with a juvenile that was also seen on the first trip turning up. This is the same shark that we saw for the first time this year yesterday as it joined us on our second and third trip. She came nice and close for our guests in the first and second cage but unfortunately left us after that and did not return for the rest of the trip. We headed to the Islands to have a look at the Cape Fur seal colony of Geyser Rock before coming back to land.

A successful day for the team and guests of Marine Dynamics.

 

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