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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 21 April 2012 | White Shark Diving Gansbaai

Saturday, April 21, 2012 |  0 Comment Tags: Penguin, 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: ‘Thank you for a wonderful day! Fantastic experience with brilliant crew who were helpful and nice!’ Alice Trowes.

21/04/2012
Location:
Gelsteen
Water Temperature: 16.0 'C
Depth: 12.3m
Visibility: 5m
Number of Sharks: 1
Conditions: Overcast with no wind and flat seas.
 
The sharks have been slower to arrive on site the last few days, but they always love making a dramatic entrance! We were not graced with large numbers of sharks today, however the one shark did stay with the boat throughout the trip and offered a great number of passes. Our giant petrels were playing with fire today once again, they just love provoking the sharks as you can see from the photos! The shark just loved the attention and several guests were able to capture some amazing under water footage Weather conditions were phenomenal and the sea was as flat as a dam! Everyone had the opportunity to work on their tan, even me! Great stuff...

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