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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 3 June 2016 (Trip 1+2) | Great White Shark Cage Diving Gansbaai

Friday, June 03, 2016 | 0 Comments

Author: Marine Dynamics (Shark Cage Diving Company)

The morning started off with a light drizzle, but that didn’t affect our shark sightings at all...

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Daily Blog 02 June 2016 (Trip 1 + 2) | White Shark Diving Gansbaai

Thursday, June 02, 2016 | 0 Comments

Author: Kelly Baker (Biologist)

Well this mornings' conditions were a change to what we have been experiencing over the last few weeks with overcast skies and a chilly...

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Daily Blog 01 June 2016 (Trip 1) | White Shark Diving Gansbaai

Wednesday, June 01, 2016 | 0 Comments

Author: Kelly Baker (Biologist)

There was a little bit more motion in the ocean today compared to the last few days and due to the conditions we could not anchor comfortably in the Geldsteen...

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Daily Blog 31 May 2016 | Great White Shark Diving South Africa

Wednesday, June 01, 2016 | 0 Comments

Author: Marine Dynamics (Shark Cage Diving Company)

Another beautiful morning met our group today and although there was a slight chill in the air, that soon disappeared with the rising sun...

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Daily Blog 30 May 2016 (Trip 1 + 2) | Cage Diving South Africa

Monday, May 30, 2016 | 0 Comments

Author: Kelly Baker (Biologist)

A chilly, Winter-like morning greeting our first trip guests today as we headed down to board Slashfin and launched towards the Islands...

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Daily Blog 29 May 2016 Trip 1+2 | Shark Diving South Africa

Sunday, May 29, 2016 | 0 Comments

Author: Tami Kaschke (MA, research assistant)

Cloudy skies didn't dampen the shark activity today.....

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