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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 20 August 2016 (Trip 1 + 2 + 3) | Great White Shark Cage Diving South Africa

Thursday, August 25, 2016 | 0 Comments

Author: Sarah Munro-Kennedy (Guiding Biologist)

A stunning sunrise began our day perfectly...

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Daily Blog 19 August 2016 (Trip 1 + 2 +3) | Shark Diving Gansbaai

Friday, August 19, 2016 | 0 Comments

Author: Kelly Baker (Biologist)

The day started early for the Marine Dynamics team and the guests who would be joining us on our first shark cage diving trip of the day. Good thing the sharks also seemed to be wide awake...

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Daily Blog 18 August 2016 (Trip 1 + 2 + 3) | Great White Shark Cage Diving Gansbaai

Thursday, August 18, 2016 | 0 Comments

Author: Kelly Baker (Biologist)

A early morning yet again for Marine Dynamics and our visitors on the first trip, with the boat out on the water at sunrise...

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Daily Blog 17 August 2016 (Trip 1 + 2 + 3) | White Shark Diving Gansbaai

Thursday, August 18, 2016 | 0 Comments

Author: Sarah Munro-Kennedy (Guiding Biologist)

Our day began with a long wait, but it was definitely worth it! It took an hour and a half before a shark decided to show up, but this shark was wide awake, active, and not alone...

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Daily Blog 16 August 2016 (Trip 1 + 2 + 3) | Great White Shark Diving South Africa

Wednesday, August 17, 2016 | 0 Comments

Author: Kelly Baker (Biologist)

Whilst our crew and divers were up nice and early this morning it appears the sharks didn't get the memo with an hour wait seen before the first shark arrived. Patience goes a long way with wildlife...

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Daily Blog 15 August 2016 (Trip 1 + 2 +3) | Cage Diving South Africa

Monday, August 15, 2016 | 0 Comments

Author: Kelly Baker (Biologist)

The tides and conditions made for a later start today with Slashfin launching from Kleinbaai at 9:30am. Due to the weather conditions yesterday we could not make it out onto the sea and were all anxious to see how the shark behaviour and activity would be today...

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