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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 23 March 2017 (Trip 1 + 2 + 3) | Cage Diving South Africa

Thursday, March 23, 2017 | 0 Comments

Author: Kelly Baker (Biologist)

Another bright and early start for the Marine Dynamics team with a 7am launch from Kleinbaai harbour leading to us being the second boat out on the water. The sharks arrived about 15 minutes after we did...

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Daily Blog 22 March 2017 (Trip 1 + 2 + 3) | Shark Diving South Africa

Thursday, March 23, 2017 | 0 Comments

Author: Kelly Baker (Biologist)

What a gloomy start to the day with overcast skies and mist blanketing the bay. The conditions on the water could not have been nicer though with flat seas and a slight wind coming through...

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Daily Blog 21 March 2017 (Trip 1 + 2 + 3) | Great White Shark Cage Diving South Africa

Tuesday, March 21, 2017 | 0 Comments

Author: Kelly Baker (Biologist)

Waking up early is not everyone's cup of tea, however there are some things that make the early morning's worth while, such as the beautiful sunrise we were able to witness over a perfect bay today, and of course, White sharks...

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Daily Blog 20 March 2017 (Trip 1 + 2 + 3) | Shark Diving Gansbaai

Monday, March 20, 2017 | 0 Comments

Author: Kelly Baker (Biologist)

A fantatic start to a new week today with some windy but still pleasant conditions out on the water and some great shark sightings and activity too...

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Daily Blog 19 March 2017 (Trip 1 + 2) | Great White Shark Cage Diving Gansbaai

Sunday, March 19, 2017 | 0 Comments

Author: Kelly Baker (Biologist)

A windy but beautiful day out around the bay of Gansbaai today with some strong east winds but otherwise nice conditions. The sharks appeared to not mind the choppy waters...

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Daily Blog 18 March 2017 (Trip 1 + 2) | White Shark Diving Gansbaai

Saturday, March 18, 2017 | 0 Comments

Author: Kelly Baker (Biologist)

Slashfin was the first boat out on the bay this morning, with the area to ourselves for a little while we had our first shark within 15 minutes of anchoring...

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