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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 06 May 2012 | Cage Diving South Africa

Monday, May 07, 2012 |  0 Comment Tags: Cape Gannet catches fish, Juvenile Gannet near miss, 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 day has been very well organised and the sharks were amazing! Thanks so much!” Leonardo Russo.

 
06/05/2012
Location:
Shark Alley
Water Temperature: 16.7 'C
Depth: 16.7m
Visibility: 3m
Number of Sharks: 16
Conditions: Swell and sunny.
 
Our boat today had one extra passenger on board; a small turtle which was found stranded on the beach was hitching a ride with us. We were going to return him to his natural environment, the open ocean! After releasing him we carried on towards Shark Alley and towards our cage deployment site. We had a phenomenal day with heaps of shark activity and even some birds with the odd suicidal tendency! A juvenile Cape Gannet barely made it out of the jaws of one shark, but it decided to return and try its luck again. This bird escaped several times and kept coming back! We had several massive sharks today with the biggest being around the 4.5 meter mark, she was massive! Even though some of our clients were suffering from some ‘motion distresses, all of them enjoyed the sharks. Well done guys...

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