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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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Can white sharks smell a drop of blood?

Monday, April 16, 2012 | 0 Comments

Author: Michelle Wcisel (Marine Biologist)

How many TV shows have said that white sharks can smell a drop of human blood 100km away?  This shark fact blog dives straight into this issue to find out is this true or just another "Jaws fact"?

 

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What scares great white sharks?

Tuesday, April 03, 2012 | 0 Comments

Author: Michelle Wcisel (Marine Biologist)

If white sharks are so scary to us, what scares white sharks?  This shark fact dives into what keep white sharks awake at night...

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Why are white sharks in South Africa?

Wednesday, March 07, 2012 | 0 Comments

Author: Michelle Wcisel (Marine Biologist)

We all know why sharks are in South Africa, but why?  This blog goes into exactly why we have these great animals in our waters.

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Are White Sharks "warm-blooded" or "cold-blooded"?

Wednesday, February 29, 2012 | 0 Comments

Author: Michelle Wcisel (Marine Biologist)

White sharks are part of the fish family, so they must be 'cold-blooded', right?  Actually, white sharks are much more complex than you may think. Check out this shark blog to find out about 'heterothermy' and how that makes white sharks the apex predator in our seas.

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White Shark Migrations

Wednesday, February 22, 2012 | 0 Comments

Author: Michelle Wcisel (Marine Biologist)

Where do white shark migrate to and how do we track them, and what does this mean for white sharks worldwide??

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How do sharks mate?

Tuesday, February 14, 2012 | 7 Comments

Author: Michelle Wcisel (Marine Biologist)

Our Valentine's day special: How do white sharks get it on?  Now that we know about claspers... why do you need two??  This post is all about shark sex - 18 YEARS or OLDER ONLY!

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