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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 23 April 2012 | Cage Diving in South Africa

Wednesday, April 25, 2012 |  0 Comment Tags: Franklin, 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: “The Big 5! Awesome, Excellent, Great, Brilliant and Fantastic! Definitely coming again! ” Diyana Harun.

“The reason I came to South Africa, AMAZING! Thank you!” David Ahrens.
 
23/04/2012

Location:
Gelsteen
Water Temperature: 14.9 'C
Depth: 12.1m
Visibility: 3m
Number of Sharks: 4
Conditions: swell and cloud cover.
 
It was a day of constant anticipation at sea, a feeling of anxiety of not knowing when the shark may surprise us. The sharks kept us waiting for quite some time today and I started to wonder whether or not they were upset with us over something :)! Just as the skipper was about to make the decisions to change locations they showed up in full force. In the space of 15 minutes four different sharks showed up and gave some very close passes! Each cage had a shark introduce itself personally to each of the clients. At times I believed the shark was staring right into people’s souls! The day really and truly ended off with a bang!
 

Go 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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