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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 16 April 2012 | Great White Shark Cage Diving South Africa

Monday, April 16, 2012 |  0 Comment Tags: Box jellie, shark cage diving, Storm petrel,

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: “Great trip! Sharks, crew and volunteers were amazing!” Gus Cole. 

 
16/04/2012

Location:
Joubertdam
Water Temperature: 15.5 'C
Depth: 11.7m
Visibility: 1.0m
Number of Sharks: 4
Conditions: Sunny with swell.
 
Today got off to a slower start than usual. I was growing accustomed to the last couple of weeks where the sharks were quick to arrive on the scene! It seemed the sharks had a huge party over the weekend and decided to sleep in :)! The great white sharks who decided to come to work put on an amazing show. I will let the photos speak for themselves! We had some amazing bird sightings on the trip as well; we saw a subantarctic skua, kelp gulls as well as several storm petrels. Our box jellies were also hanging around the boat in large numbers, they love to pose! Even though the sharks were late to arrive today, Mother Nature kept us entertained throughout! Always something new everyday...

 

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