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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 05 May 2012 | White Shark Diving Gansbaai

Sunday, May 06, 2012 |  0 Comment

Author: Oliver Jewell (Marine Biologist)
Born in London, England, Oliver has been in South Africa for the past 4 years after earning a BSc (hons) in Oceanography from the University of Southampton. His first experience with Great White Sharks was similar to many people's only experience - watching the film Jaws. Since that day, he has been dedicated to learning everything he could about sharks and ways of protecting them.

05/05/2012
Location:
Shark Alley
Water Temperature: 16.1 'C
Depth: 4-5m
Visibility: 7m
Number of Sharks: 13-5
Conditions: Large swells outside the Alley, calm within.

What a day to go to sea…! The swells were up so we took up point in Shark Alley for this afternoon’s trip, however on the way there we came across a group of well over a hundred bottlenose dolphin right next to Dyer Island. Once on anchor it wasn’t long before the first sharks came to check us out. Massive great whites some well over 4 and likely 4.5m in length! Some seemed more interested in the seals than us, swimming through our chum line and right up to the seals at Geyer Rock just meters from us – it was like a Nat Geo documentary right in front of our eyes. Not so many of the celebrity sharks from the trips 2 days ago but we did have our first sighting of ‘Besom’ in Gansbaai, we tagged her in September 2010 and she was in False Bay last year. The tag has since shed but it’s tether is visible and she is recognisable by a pigmentation or ‘rosie’ on both sides of her fin – and the fact she’s massive! We got into double figures and then some, Shark Alley was magic this afternoon. On the way home we found the dolphins again who seemed to be enjoying the surf.

Guest Comment: “Was so amazing!! Loved every second of it. Will definitely come again. Breathtaking experience, best present EVER!” Sanri & Piere-Andrew

“Incredible; at first my wife was scared by she had the best time ever. This is by far the highlight of my honeymoon. Thank you for everything!!” Matther & Elizabeth Leventhal



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