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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 21 May 2012 | Great White Shark Diving South Africa

Tuesday, May 22, 2012 |  0 Comment Tags: Cape Cormorant, 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: “Once in a lifetime experience for us. You simply put me at ease with your knowledge and good humour! Thank you!” Melissa Paris.

“What can I say, you folks know what you are doing. I appreciate the care from morning till evening, making sure we were comfortable! Best of all Marine Dynamics lured in the sharks!” Roshan Patel.

21/05/2012
Location:
Wilfred’s Rock
Water Temperature: 16.7 'C
Depth: 18.6m
Visibility: 3.5m
Number of Sharks: 9
Conditions: Swell with little wind.

We had some awesome sightings throughout the trip today although the initial start was a bit slow at first. The sharks were all in the range of between 3- and 3.8 meters, nothing massive but still bigger than me :)! We also had an abundance of Cape Cormorant activity on the water which delivered a phenomenal aerial display! Today was the first time we have taken to the seas since the weekend was rained out, but Marine Dynamics is gearing up for the next set of amazing weather days! Very enjoyable trip today... 



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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