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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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Monday, June 18, 2012 | 0 Comments

Author: Michelle Wcisel (Marine Biologist)

Have you ever pet a shark (not that we condone shark petting!)?  Shark skin is smooth if you rub them from head to tail, but rough if you go tail to head.  This is because shark skin is actually teeth and this shark blog explains all about it...

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When is a white shark sexually mature?

Tuesday, June 12, 2012 | 0 Comments

Author: Michelle Wcisel (Marine Biologist)

Have you ever wondered, when do white sharks go through puberty?  This shark fact blog delivers the facts (of what we know) about white shark sexual maturity.  Do they get acne and voice cracks too??

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How big can great white sharks grow?

Saturday, June 02, 2012 | 1 Comments

Author: Michelle Wcisel (Marine Biologist)

The megalodon shark, an extinct cousin of the great white sharks, could reach lengths of 16m. So how big can white sharks grow to now? This shark fact blog examines the latest research and record catches of white sharks.

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How do you tell individual white sharks apart from each other?

Wednesday, May 30, 2012 | 0 Comments

Author: Michelle Wcisel (Marine Biologist)

White sharks don't have finger prints, so how do you tell one white shark from another?  This shark fact blog explains how dorsal fins help scientists keep track of local sharks.

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What is a white shark's sense?

Wednesday, May 16, 2012 | 0 Comments

Author: Michelle Wcisel (Marine Biologist)

Have you heard that white sharks can detect faint movements like a single fish swimming in the distance or even a heart beat? This shark fact blog checks out what exactly a shark's sixth sense means...

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How do white sharks sleep?

Tuesday, May 01, 2012 | 0 Comments

Author: Michelle Wcisel (Marine Biologist)

This shark fact blog answers the question, "Do white sharks sleep and how do they do it?" 

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