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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 10 April 2012 | Cage Diving in South Africa

Tuesday, April 10, 2012 |  1 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: “Simply the best! There were a lot of sharks, very good organisation and safe! We will come again!” Kelly, Danny and Sam.

“It was AWESOME! We loved the whole trip. The sharks were wonderful and just to make it a bit better, the staff were equally fantastic!” Kawshik, Jane, Jairan and Roshni.


10/04/2012
Location:
Joubertdam
Water Temperature: 16.5 'C
Depth: 11.5m
Visibility: 2.0m
Number of Sharks: 13
Conditions: Sunny and pleasant.

We had two equally spectacular trips today on Slash Fin. We had guests of all ages on board showing that shark cage diving is not limited to one age class. My youngest passenger was only 2 years old and my oldest I will not mention, as per request of the client :)! The sharks were spending a lot of their time showing off and flying all over the place. We also had a very dramatic encounter where a seal decided to play in front of the cage. I was truly hoping to see a predation take place and on the photos you can see how close it was. The seal was very lucky to make it out of there in one piece! Our second trip had equally impressive sharks and just as many youngsters. The action did not stop on the boat, the kids kept me very busy even on land. I am very glad that I am still fit enough to keep up with all the young ones, I can’t believe how fast they can run :)! A very special day...
 

If you are looking to get up close and personal with the great white shark then Cage Diving South in Africa, and more specifically with Marine Dynamics, is a once-in-a-lifetime experience you won’t want to miss. Book online with us and get a free video of your encounter with the world’s apex predator.

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