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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 12 May 2012 | Great White Shark Diving South Africa

Saturday, May 12, 2012 |  0 Comment Tags: Cape Cormorant, Cape fur seal, Cape Gannet, 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: “So so amazing! I will never forget this experience! Muchas Gracias :)!” Olga Hormaza. 

“Amazing trip that proves that the great whites are often misunderstood. Definitely a must!” Kelvin Tng.
 
12/05/2012
Location:
Wilfred’s Rock
Water Temperature: 16.4 'C
Depth: 16.4m
Visibility: 4m
Number of Sharks: 15
Conditions: Sunny with wind and almost no swell.
 
The subantarctic skuas got our clients filling up half their memory cards even before we saw any sharks. These birds are always awesome in the way that they fly so close to you, that you could almost touch them. Conditions at sea were very pleasant with relatively calm conditions. The sharks were slightly less calm in the manner they pursued the decoy today. Quite understandable because of the sheer number of sharks around the cage! Even though there were so many sharks, we were very surprised to see a young seal brave the waters in search of a play mate. He can consider himself very fortunate that the sharks preferred our seal decoy over the real thing :)! A Cape Gannet was also very lucky to have caught a massive fish in front of the boat, it was unlucky in the fact that it was too big to swallow :)! The day was truly blessed with an abundance of shark activity as well as a flurry of nature’s splendour! Keep it up...

 

 


 

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