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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 05 March 2018 | White Shark Diving Gansbaai

Monday, March 05, 2018 | 0 Comments

Author: Marine Dynamics (Shark Cage Diving Company)

Let’s start the week with white sharks!

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Daily Blog 04 March 2018 | Great White Shark Diving South Africa

Sunday, March 04, 2018 | 0 Comments

Author: Kelly Baker (Biologist)

We fin-ished the week off well with beautiful conditions and some nice shark sightings...

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Daily Blog 03 March 2018 | Cage Diving South Africa

Saturday, March 03, 2018 | 0 Comments

Author: Marine Dynamics (Shark Cage Diving Company)

The stars are veiled… something stirs in the east’ Legolas (2003)...

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Daily Blog 02 March 2018 | Shark Diving South Africa

Friday, March 02, 2018 | 0 Comments

Author: Kelly Baker (Biologist)

A early, bright and breezy day today with Slashfin yet again launching right with the start of the day...

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Daily Blog 01 March 2018 | Great White Shark Cage Diving South Africa

Thursday, March 01, 2018 | 0 Comments

Author: Kelly Baker (Biologist)

Once on anchor in the Shallows we had little time to wait as our first shark of the day appeared, and it was none other than a White shark...

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Daily Blog 28 February 2018 | Shark Diving Gansbaai

Wednesday, February 28, 2018 | 0 Comments

Author: Tami Kaschke (MA, research assistant)

What a great day to be at sea.......

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