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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 12 April 2012 | White Shark Diving in Gansbaai

Thursday, April 12, 2012 |  0 Comment Tags: Juvenile Kelp Gull, 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: “Excellent trip! Great and friendly guides who found lots of sharks for us!” Christina and Peter Hagan.

 
12/04/2012
Location:
Joubertdam
Water Temperature: 16.0 'C
Depth: 10.0m
Visibility: 2.0m
Number of Sharks: 14
Conditions: Sunny with some wind.
 
Amazing, is one of many words that one could use to describe the day at sea today! We had an awesome number of sharks around the cage today and as an added bonus, 3 of the 14 sharks were huge (4 meters). It is always great to see lots of sharks and seeing big sharks are always an added bonus. Once again we had newlyweds on board and I would just like to wish them all the best for their futures together. They all started their futures together on a high note. Today was truly one for the record books! We also had the guys from “Shark men” in the area doing some of their tagging work. We observed them tag and release a shark from a distance. We have our own researchers on their boat observing the manner in which they conduct their tagging methods. Always something new every day with Marine Dynamics...

 

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