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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 16 May 2012 | Shark Diving Gansbaai

Thursday, May 17, 2012 |  0 Comment Tags: Flock of Cape Cormorants, 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: “Fantastic and informative adventure! A unique way to spend my 30th birthday!” Daisy.
 
“Surpassed all expectations! Glad we went with Marine Dynamics!” Marc and Caroline.
 
 
16/05/2012
Location:
Wilfred’s Rock
Water Temperature: 16.6 'C
Depth: 19.2m
Visibility: 2.5m
Number of Sharks: 16
Conditions: Sunny and calm.
 
What exceptionally brilliant weather we had at sea today, it is seldom that one has such calm waters. We had a very interesting range of clients on board the boat, about 90 % of them were from the United States of America and a good portion was from New York City. The fact that you are more likely to be bitten by a New Yorker on the streets of New York than to bitten by a great white shark did make the other non-American clients nervous :)! I can however say that everyone did survive the dive and left the boat with all their fingers and toes still attached! We had an abundance of shark activity and some great smiles from their pearly whites. Thanks guys...

 

 


 

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