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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 07 May 2012 | Shark Diving South Africa

Tuesday, May 08, 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: “An experience of a lifetime! Nicola and the team were incredible! Really enjoyed it!” Amar.

 
“Unique and memorable experience! Nicola was knowledgeable and fun-fantastic time!” Sue and Edward.
 
“Thanks for an amazing time! Loved the sharks, but most of all I loved seeing my sister sick! Thanks again!” Daniel Michael.
 
07/05/2012
Location:
Wilfred’s Rock
Water Temperature: 16.4 'C
Depth: 17.m
Visibility: 2m
Number of Sharks: 15
Conditions: Swell, sun and wind.
 
It was a frenzy of sharks around the boat yet again! We were treated with an amazing spectacle of shark acrobatics which offered several jaw dropping moments! We had several massive sharks with the biggest being 4.6 meters in length and they just kept coming! The conditions did increase later on in the afternoon with the swell getting the best of some; however they were all very happy to see the sharks up close. The sightings have truly been spectacular and we hope that it carries on like this for a long time to come! Keep up the good work sharks...
 



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