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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 14 May 2012 | Shark Diving South Africa

Monday, May 14, 2012 |  4 Comments 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: “First time shark diving! First time sea sick! You guys handled both great!! You were the best choice!” Maurice Williams. 

“What a fantastic privilege to see one of the sea’s kings!” Clive and Helen.
 
14/05/2012
Location:
Gelsteen
Water Temperature: 16.1 'C
Depth: 16m
Visibility: 3m
Number of Sharks: 6
Conditions: Wind and swell.
 
Those subantarctic skuas have been adopted by Marine Dynamics it would seem, because they are waiting for us every morning. They are a real pleasure to watch in the way that they escort us out of the harbour! We had some great sharks today, west of Dyer Island, with two of them being larger than 4 meters. Each cage had several close passes and there were several opportunities for photos from the deck. We even had some guests all the way from Jamaica to come and visit us and no they did not bring any brownies on board, I think :)! A real nice day it turned out to be...

 

 


 

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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