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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 22 May 2012 | Cage Diving South Africa

Wednesday, May 23, 2012 |  0 Comment Tags: Shark cage diving South Africa,

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: “Definitely one of the most exciting moments in my life. Thank you for that!” Miriam.

“Great experience! Friendly and knowledgeable staff. See you tomorrow!” Al Ross

22/05/2012
Location:
Wilfred’s Rock
Water Temperature: 16.3 'C
Depth: 11.0m
Visibility: 3.5m
Number of Sharks: 8
Conditions: Calm and sunny.

What a spectacular trip we had on board “Slash Fin” today! We needed very little waiting time for the sharks to arrive and they remained constant throughout the trip. Once again we had sharks all below the 4 meter margin. These sharks did however make up for their lack of size by increasing their speed, wow! We had a sighting of an adorable family of African Penguins around Dyer Island, they truly melted everyone’s harts. The conditions on the water were only surpassed by the amazing guests on board, a truly wonderful bunch of people! Thanks everyone... 


 

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