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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 24 April 2012 | Great White Shark Diving in South Africa

Wednesday, April 25, 2012 |  0 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: “Great boat, helpful team, great time in the cage and lots of sharks! Awesome!” Greg and Katarina Stroud. 

Sh*t just got real! EPIC! :)” William Bell.
 
24/04/2012
 
Location: Gelsteen
Water Temperature: 13.7 'C
Depth: 10.6m
Visibility: 3m
Number of Sharks: 8
Conditions: swell and wind.
 
What a day! The water temperature was slightly colder than yesterday and some of the ladies said they felt it, but as soon as the sharks arrived they completely forgot about the water! Our first shark arrived very quickly on the scene however it did not decide to hang around for long. After waiting for a while to see whether or not it would reappear we decided to hoist the anker and move about 100 meters. Then things started to go crazy. The sharks were just jumping like mad all over the place and we could not keep up from which direction they were coming! Brilliant visibility and amazing sharks made today a very successful trip! The wait always pays off...

Go Great White Shark 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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