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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 06 December 2018 | Cage 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.

Guest Comments:

"Great experiance, thanks for the hospitality." - Amir

"Very good, excellant trip!" - Angelo 

01/12/2018

Location:
Joubertsdam

Water Temperature: 17.9°C

Depth: 9m

Visibility: 1m

Conditions:  Breezy with great visibility.

We had a fantastic shark cage diving tour today, with the activity absolutely cooking! We set out at around brunch time and made our way to our dive site, taking in the stunning views and enjoying the calm ocean before finding an anchor spot in the shallows. After dropping the anchor and getting our cage fastened, we collected life jackets and quickly got everyone to jump into their suits, this was well worth it as we had our first Copper Shark pop up within moments!

We had some really gorgeous animals about, showing off their shimmering skin as they travelled just under the surface, ready to investigate anything which caught their attention around the boat. These cartilaginous creatures are inherently curious, which makes for some amazing diving as they come up right to the cage, so close that one can even see their green eyes under the water. We got to see animals of varying sizes, which our smallest around 1m and the largest around 3m in length. Most of the animals we got to see were also females, with some boasting some impressive scarring from a life well lived in the ocean blue. It was also very fascinating to watch how these creatures interact with each other as they seem to have no personal space issues, swimming right over each other at times. In the distance, some lucky passengers got to see a Copper Shark breach out of the water.

Other interesting things on the tour included a sighting of a Southern Right Whale, who travelled past us in the distance towards the end of our tour. Once all of our divers had spent some time in the cage watching and wondering at our sharks, we pulled up the anchor and made our way towards Kleinbaai Harbour.  Waiting at the great white house, we had some piping hot vegetable soup and a couple of ginger ales for those feeling a little under the weather.


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