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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 02 May 2012 | Great White Shark Cage Diving in Gansbaai

Wednesday, May 02, 2012 |  1 Comment Tags: Juvenile Cape Gannet, 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: “Thanks a lot, we loved it! Great boat, great guys and great whites!” Oli, Ben and Edd.

“Amazing up close and personal shark experience! Thanks.” Tanya.
 
02/05/2012

Location:
Shark Alley
Water Temperature: 16.4 'C
Depth: 10.4m
Visibility: 3m
Number of Sharks: 7
Conditions: Slightly overcast with wind.
 
Today gave us the first taste of the approaching winter. We had chilly conditions as well as a bit of wind in Kleinbaai this morning; we therefore scheduled a nice and early launch to avoid the most of it! We had some nice sized sharks today, with two of them being around the 4 meter mark. The one had a very prominent scar on its tail fin, the tip was missing! Everyone had a great time in the cage and the screams of excitement were an indication of that. Even our newlyweds were able to seal the deal with a ‘dramatic kiss’ in the cage. Remember, it is a family boat...
 

Experience Great White Shark Cage Diving in Gansbaai, 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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