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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 11 May 2012 | White Shark Diving Gansbaai

Friday, May 11, 2012 |  0 Comment Tags: African penguin, Kelp Gull, 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: “At first I was a little scared to come shark cage diving, but your talk really changed my perspective on sharks. Thank you for an unforgettable experience :)!” Sharon Au. 

“Really friendly staff, great facilities, good experience and would recommend!” Ruth Notley.
 
11/05/2012
Location:
Wilfred’s Rock
Water Temperature: 16.4 'C
Depth: 22.0m
Visibility: 3m
Number of Sharks: 6
Conditions: Sunny with wind.
 
We had an ‘exclusive’ trip today with very few clients on board, this made the trip even more special. This gave me the opportunity to interact with each person and get their feedback on their experience with the great white shark. The sharks were a bit slow initially, however that changed very quickly with one shark giving rise to a further five. All of these sharks have been in the area for a while because we have grown familiar with each individual as well as their personalities! It was another successful trip...

 

 


 

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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