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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 07 July 2019 | White Shark Diving Gansbaai

Tuesday, July 09, 2019 | 0 Comments

Author: Kelly Baker (Biologist)

A wet and wild one on sea today with some larger swell and stronger winds moving through the area....

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Daily Blog 05 July 2019 | Great White Shark Diving in South Africa

Friday, July 05, 2019 | 0 Comments

Author: Kelly Baker (Biologist)

The conditions continue to get better as the week progresses with only a slight wind seen moving through the bay and a lessening swell as the day went on....

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Daily Blog 04 July 2019 | Cage Diving South Africa

Thursday, July 04, 2019 | 0 Comments

Author: Kelly Baker (Biologist)

Yet again a Winters day out on the water for the team and guest of Slashfin, with the swell and wind still lingering however the sun was shining and the sharks were out to play...

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Daily Blog 03 July 2019 | White Shark Diving Gansbaai

Wednesday, July 03, 2019 | 0 Comments

Author: Kelly Baker (Biologist)

It was back to sea for the Slashfin crew after two days off the water as the Winter weather continues to hit in patches...

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Daily Blog 30 June 2019 | Cage Diving in South Africa

Sunday, June 30, 2019 | 0 Comments

Author: Kelly Baker (Biologist)

The conditions continued to lessen today with the swell and wind decreasing from the past few days as we experienced a pleasant day out on a bright bay...

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Daily Blog 29 June 2019 | White Shark Diving Gansbaai

Saturday, June 29, 2019 | 0 Comments

Author: Kelly Baker (Biologist)

A wild day out on sea with some larger and stronger conditions lingering from a storm that passed through the area yesterday, and whilst the boat trip itself may have been a little up and down the shark activity was up the entire time....

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