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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 22 November 2018 | Cage Diving South Africa

Thursday, November 22, 2018 | 0 Comments

Author: Marine Dynamics (Shark Cage Diving Company)

We started our day later than usual today. Although it was quite overcast when we left Great White House, by the time we reached our dive site, the sky cleared up....

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Daily Blog 21 November 2018 | Cage Diving South Africa

Wednesday, November 21, 2018 | 0 Comments

Author: Tami Kaschke (MA, research assistant)

The boat charged towards the shallows this morning.......

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Daily Blog 20 November 2018 | Cage Diving South Africa

Tuesday, November 20, 2018 | 0 Comments

Author: Marine Dynamics (Shark Cage Diving Company)

We had a little rain this morning, but that did not dull our spirits in the least. We got everyone dressed into their wetsuits on land and then set out towards the dive site where we hoped to have an awesome few hours with some cool cartilaginous fish...

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Daily Blog 19 November 2018 | Cage Diving South Africa

Tuesday, November 20, 2018 | 0 Comments

Author: Marine Dynamics (Shark Cage Diving Company)

We left the harbour on a beautiful not so early morning. The sun was shining and the wind was dropping down. On our way to the dive site, we were followed by a flock of Cape Cormorants...

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Daily Blog 18 November 2018 | Cage Diving South Africa

Sunday, November 18, 2018 | 0 Comments

Author: Marine Dynamics (Shark Cage Diving Company)

We had a great day's worth of shark cage diving!

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Daily Blog 17 November 2018 | Cage Diving South Africa

Saturday, November 17, 2018 | 0 Comments

Author: Marine Dynamics (Shark Cage Diving Company)

We set out early this morning eager to catch up with everyone’s favourite coppery Cartilaginous fish...

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