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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 16 June 2017 | Great White Shark Diving South Africa

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.

 “Amazing experience, definitely one crossed of our bucket list. Staff were so helpful & knowledgeable. Such a great morning. Thank you.  ” – Kelly & Gregory

“Absolutely fabulous. Professional + helpful crew ensured a fair experience for all. Would highly recommend! J” – Yan

Location: Joubertsdam   

Water Temperature: 13.9 C

Depth: 11.7m

Visibility:  0-0.5m

Number of Sharks:  5 on the first trip, 6 on the second and 7 on the 3rd.

Conditions: An icy winter’s day took a turn for the better when the sun came up.

 The first trip launched bright and early on this icy winter’s morning but the stunning sunrise definitely made up for this. Both the clouds and the sea turned a shade of pale pink and we were on anchor at 7:40. After waiting for quite some time and moving anchor we had our first animal arrive.  The first shark was a 2.5m beauty who stuck around for the trip as well as the next.

The second shark was closer to 4m and a little later we had a very large 4.5m female show up to the boat. She was definitely the highlight of the trip, giving us a really nice show when she breached after the bait.

On the second trip, it warmed up a bit which was quite nice. We had a shark pretty quickly and went on to see 6 more on the trip. The first was around 3m in length. The second to show was a large 4m female who had a really unique dorsal fin. The 3rd shark was the 4.5m female who did some stunning breaching for us. We got to see her launch herself at the decoy beautifully a couple of times. We also had a few smaller animals around 2.3m. 

On our last trip for the day we encountered seven different Great White sharks all of them were between two and three meter in length. After we reached our anchor site in the Joubertsdam area we were waiting just a short while before a small shark around two meters approached our vessel and was coming closer to the cage. During our trip we had constant great shark activity, they were actively trying to get hold of the bait and decoy. Some also passed our cage very close so we could have a good look at these apex predators.

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