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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 trip 15 March 2012

Thursday, March 15, 2012 |  0 Comment Tags: shark cage diving,

Author: Nicola Stelluto (Environmental Ecologist)
My initial love for the environment occurred at a young age when my father and I use to watch animal documentaries on Sunday evenings. I was hooked on anything ocean related when I saw these amazing submersibles going to such extreme depth in the ocean and discovering previously unseen things. To be the first to go somewhere where no one has been before was the first thing that attracted me to the field of natural sciences.

Guest comment: “A truly memorable experience from start to finish. A sincere thank you to all the team! Amazing!” Jamie Ryder.


15/03/2012
Location:
Joubertsdam
Water Temperature: 14.2'C
Depth: 11.5m
Visibility: 2m
Number of Sharks: 11
Conditions: Overcast and chilly.

We had an absolute blast on the trip today with some very fun loving guests! They were in very high spirit and the sharks just added to the excitement on board. We had a large 3.7 meter shark that stayed with us from the start to the end of the trip. Lovely shark to watch! Our shark boat was a love cruise for many of the guest and it reminded of how great love can be. What can I say, I must be a romantic at heart :)! It just goes to show that our trips cater to all your needs, not just the need to see sharks. Great day...
 

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