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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 08 May 2012 | Great White Shark Cage Diving South Africa

Wednesday, May 09, 2012 |  0 Comment Tags: Juvenile Kelp Gull, shark cage diving, Shark Men,

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 amazing experience for all ages. Thanks for a first class event!” Jodi and Sylvia.

“Great staff, amazing time. Beautiful sharks! Awesome! Best 30th birthday ever, thank you!” Kayla and Ed.

08/05/2012
Location:
Wilfred’s Rock
Water Temperature: 16.8 'C
Depth: 21.m
Visibility: 4m
Number of Sharks: 11
Conditions: Sunny and calm.

As another action filled day comes to an end it brings me great joy to see how much respect people have gained for the Great White Shark, once the trip comes to an end! This fact was brought even more to my attention just by the visit that was paid to us by one of the journalists from 50/50. It is great to see that these animals are getting the respect they deserve. We were also very lucky to get a view of the “Shark Men” boat which was anchored in the bay; a truly spectacular vessel. We saw some amazing sharks as well as some box jellies which I find to be always weird looking! What a day... 

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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