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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 14 April 2012 | Shark Diving in Gansbaai

Saturday, April 14, 2012 |  1 Comment Tags: Dolphins, 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: “Breath-taking! An experience we will remember forever. The crew were so welcoming too! Coming back soon!!” Patterson Family.

 
14/04/2012
Location:
Joubertdam
Water Temperature: 15.6 'C
Depth: 9.5m
Visibility: 2.0m
Number of Sharks:7
Conditions: Choppy water with cloud cover.
 
The day had a brilliant start to it! Our first sightings were not sharks today but rather a massive pod of bottlenose dolphins. It is very important to always keep your eyes open on one of our trips, even though everyone is on board to see great white sharks we always spot something extra! Our largest shark of the day topped the scale at 4.1 meters and left a lasting impression on all of our guests! Today was a very diverse day with even more diverse sightings! What a day...
 

If you are looking to get up close and personal with the great white shark then 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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