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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 17 May 2012 | Great White Shark Cage Diving Gansbaai

Thursday, May 17, 2012 |  0 Comment 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: “Shark week has nothing on you! It was amazing!” Kylie Sullivan.
“Amazing day out, would definitely recommend to others. Thanks :)!” Rory Evans.

17/05/2012
Location:
East off of Geyser Rock
Water Temperature: 16.2 'C
Depth: 26.8m
Visibility: 3m
Number of Sharks: 5
Conditions: Swell with strong winds.

Today was jam packed full of adventure! The swell on the water today turned even the simple action of getting into your wetsuit into a fun activity for the whole family :)! After everyone had their fair share of laughs at each other, the sharks started to arrive on the scene. They were a bit reluctant to breach the surface today, which made surface photos a bit difficult but not impossible as you can see. The divers in the cage were able to see the sharks quite nicely with a few very close passes taking place! I am very happy to have seen so many happy faces after the trip, even though some of our guests were a bit sick, everyone had a good time! Same time tomorrow... 


 

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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