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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 18 April 2012 | Cage Diving South in Africa

Wednesday, April 18, 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: “A truly amazing day! Fantastic staff, friendly and caring. Will definitely come again. Thank you for a day that I will never forget!” Justine Motto.

“A fantastic morning/afternoon. Great team, lovely weather, 4 shark encounters and a memory to take away home. Great job all! Thank you.” Lisa Madigan.


18/04/2012
Location:
Joubertdam
Water Temperature: 15.9 'C
Depth: 12.1m
Visibility: 2.0m
Number of Sharks: 4
Conditions: Sunny and afternoon wind.

Everybody was very eager to get out on the water this morning, especially after my “boring” pre-launch briefing and several cups of coffee! We had the same three sharks from yesterday (interestingly enough) paying us a visit today and they invited a friend along as well; the more the merrier! The smaller 2 meter male shark seemed as if it had a jet pack strapped to its back, that’s how fast he was going today! What a rush to see one shark move so fast and suddenly a dramatic change of pace, when a large 4 meter female shark swims passed the cage ever so slowly! Wow, what a 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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