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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 23 May 2012 | Shark Diving South Africa

Wednesday, May 23, 2012 |  0 Comment Tags: Kelp gulls, 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: “No longer scared of them... As long as there’s a cage! Beautiful!” Katt Fisher.

“This was a great time! Thanks for making it such a great memory!” Bill and Sarah.

23/05/2012
Location:
Shark Alley
Water Temperature: 16.1 'C
Depth: 11.2m
Visibility: 3.5m
Number of Sharks: 11
Conditions: Windy and chilly

Our trip had a bit of a late launch today due to the shifting of the tides, nonetheless we still made it out to our dive site! The wind was definitely prevalent on the water today, however we were very fortunate to have mild swell. A combination of strong winds and big swell would not have been pleasant for a first time sea farer, luckily the weather remained good for the shark sightings! We had loads of kelp gulls around the boat, skimming off some of our chum, they truly are like flies sometimes! The sharks were giving great passes but were reluctant to come up to the surface, making the taking of photos quite difficult. I still got my shots however.... 


 

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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