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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 24 May 2012 | Great White Shark Cage Diving South Africa

Thursday, May 24, 2012 |  1 Comment Tags: Jellyfish in Kelp, shark cage diving, Young Love!,

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: “Awesome day- will bore my friends for years to come with sharky tales, loved it, crew amazing!” Andrew Hutchinson.

“Had a great experience from start to finish! I’ve made some memories that will keep for a long time. Sharks and crew were fantastic!” Dauz Charlton.

24/05/2012
Location:
Shark Alley
Water Temperature: 16.0 'C
Depth: 11.3m
Visibility: 3.5m
Number of Sharks: 9
Conditions: Overcast and calm.

CRAZY, is the word needed to describe today’s trip which was very dramatic throughout! The sharks were putting on a true spectacle for everyone to enjoy and they came prepared with their teeth out! The sharks have been average in size over the last few days with no real mentionable big sharks making an appearance. “Zane” however did show up and was the largest shark of the day at a size of 3.9 meters, which is still big in my book! Our youngest guest was only 6 years old and he made the most adorable seal noises in the cage, I believe it was seal noises :)! We had a big family of 10 people, demonstrating once again that shark cage diving is for young, old and the whole family. Great day... 



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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