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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 11 April 2012 | Great White Shark Diving South Africa

Wednesday, April 11, 2012 |  0 Comment Tags: Arctic tern, 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: “Amazing experience; a professional and friendly team and very up close and personal with a number of sharks!” Eddie Underdown.

 
11/04/2012
Location:
Joubertdam
Water Temperature: 16.6 'C
Depth: 10.0m
Visibility: 2.0m
Number of Sharks: 7
Conditions: Wind and cloud cover.
 
There was no need to wait around for the sharks to arrive today; as soon as we arrived at the Dam they were there! Our trip started off with a couple of average sized sharks (3 meters), but it was fantastic to hear and see everyone’s reactions on the boat as soon as a massive 4.3 meter sized shark arrived on the scene. I heard screams of excitement as well as fear and some people just went quiet! This shark is known as ‘Woundy’, due to the large scar on its tail. Our trip was made even more special due to the fact that we had a couple of newlyweds on board as well as some birthday boys! I feel honoured that I was able to be a part of your special moments and able to bring some sharks to the party. What a day...

 

If you are looking to get up close and personal with the great white shark then Great White Shark Diving in South 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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