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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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Tuesday, February 28, 2017 | 0 Comments

Author: Kelly Baker (Biologist)

We all felt very optimistic and hopeful today with some beautiful conditions to be out on the water, close to perfect in terms of what we experience in this bay however one thing was missing and it is a crucial factor in shark cage diving...

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Monday, February 27, 2017 | 0 Comments

Author: Kelly Baker (Biologist)

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Daily Blog 23 February 2017 (Trip 1 + 2) | Cage Diving South Africa

Thursday, February 23, 2017 | 0 Comments

Author: Kelly Baker (Biologist)

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Daily Blog 20 February 2017 (Trip 1 + 2) | Shark Diving South Africa

Monday, February 20, 2017 | 0 Comments

Author: Kelly Baker (Biologist)

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Daily Blog 17 February 2017 (Trip 1) | Great White Shark Cage Diving South Africa

Friday, February 17, 2017 | 0 Comments

Author: Kelly Baker (Biologist)

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Daily Blog 14 February 2017 (Trip 1) | Shark Diving Gansbaai

Tuesday, February 14, 2017 | 0 Comments

Author: Kelly Baker (Biologist)

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