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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 8 November 2018 | Cage Diving South Africa

Thursday, November 08, 2018 |  0 Comment Tags: bronze whaler, Cage Diving, Cape fur seal, Copper shark, Gansbaai, Seal, shark, shark cage diving,

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 Comments:
"Super experience. Lots of information shared." ~ Hansen

"It was FIN-TASTIC!! (#jawsome)" ~ Anderson

"So fun!" ~ Megan 

Location: Joubertsdam

Temperature: 15.7°C +  16.0C

Depth: 7.1m + 8.5m

Visibility: 0.5m +  1.0m

Conditions: A beautiful day with a slight wind. 

This morning we headed out onto a flat sea while a soft breeze blew through the air. Once we arrived in The Shallows, we quickly put the cage into the water, and our divers hopped into their wetsuits. It wasn't long before the first copper sharks arrived and as they swam around the vessel in the morning sunlight, they showed our guests exactly why they were called that way. While our divers attention was drawn by the sharks swimming around the cage, on the other side of the vessel a Cape fur seal snuck up on us, and surprised the people in the cage. The seal decided to hang around the cage for a while, and even claimed it as it's own personal hunting ground, chasing the mullet that swam around. Our guests had a "Fin-tastic" time, and truly enjoyed the whole experience.

The wind picked up slightly as the day went on for our second trip, but the sun was still shining bright.  We arrived back in the Shallows and got busy re-attaching the cage to the boat.  It was a pleasant surprise that we didn't have to wait very long to see the copper sharks make their first appearance.  Some guests even commented how they could see the sharks by looking underneath the boat.  Towards the end of the trip, the guests sitting at the front of the boat were rewarded by seeing one of our African penguins swimming in the water.  The penguins live on Dyer Island so they weren't all that far from home, but it's always a special treat to see them.

 

 

 

 



 

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