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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 03 May 2012 | Great White Shark Cage Diving South Africa

Sunday, May 06, 2012 |  0 Comment Tags: shark cage diving, Slash Fin,

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: “Dreamed of this since I was a child, absolutely amazing! Sharks are lucky to have people like you!” Dawn and Glenn Knoblauch.

 
03/05/2012
Location:
Shark Alley
Water Temperature: 15.8 'C
Depth: 10.4m
Visibility: 4m
Number of Sharks: 11
Conditions: Light rain and chilly.
 
Out of this world and with no limits is how I would describe today’s trip at sea. We were mesmerized by the abundance of bird life on the water with heaps of Wilsons Storm Petrels as well as juvenile and adult Kelp Gulls. We were then treated to a frenzy of shark activity
with a total of eleven sharks giving a performance! ‘Slash Fin’, ‘Zane’ and ‘Moony’ were some of the more infamous characters around the boat and it is always a pleasure to see them! An amazing site for me was seeing a Remora (suckerfish) attached to one of the sharks, which was really a treat for me! Something new everyday...

 

If you are looking to get up close and personal with the great white shark then 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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