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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 05 December 2018 | Cage Diving South Africa

Wednesday, December 05, 2018 |  0 Comment Tags: bronze whaler, bronzie, Copper shark, sharks,

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:

 

 

“Great crew, great boat, awesome sharks! Thank you, guys! Keep up the good work and cause!” ~ Bes

“Jawesome!” ~ Chris

“Amazing trip all around! Very knowledgeable crew!” ~ George & David 

 

 

Location: Joubertsdam

Temperature: 16.3°C + 16.7°C   

Depth: 9 m + 9.2 m

Visibility: 0.5m + 1m

Conditions: a bit choppy but a beautiful warm day

We started our day under a slightly overcast sky but as soon as we reached the dive site, the sun came out and our divers were thrilled to start their shark cage diving experience. First copper shark arrived before anyone had a chance to change into their wetsuits. Our beautiful Bronzies were super active throughout the whole trip showing off their beautiful colours. Unfortunately, we had to get back to the harbour once everyone dived. 

We left harbour once again for our last trip of the day. The wind was quite strong but the sun was shining and our guests couldn’t wait to see some beautiful sharks. Once we reached the dive location and attached our cage back to the boat,  copper sharks started to show up. Our divers were very excited and jumped into the cage as soon as they got their wetsuits. Sharks were extremely active showing us how agile and beautiful they are. No one felt left out with the sharks coming from all directions to investigate our cage. Once everyone got their time with beautiful Bronzies, we headed back to Kleinbaai to be welcomed back with some nice hot soup. 

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