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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 25 May 2012 | Shark Diving Gansbaai

Friday, May 25, 2012 |  10 Comments 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: “Jawesome time! Thanks for everything-including keeping my limbs intact!” Watson.

“I love Great White Sharks! Ahhh-mazing sharks and staff :)!” Julie.

25/05/2012
Location:
Shark Alley
Water Temperature: 16.4 'C
Depth: 11.0m
Visibility: 4.5m
Number of Sharks: 10
Conditions: Overcast and calm, wind later.

We had an American invasion on the boat today! Normally we have quite a diverse range of nationalities on board, but not today! It made for very interesting conversation, but no politics were discussed :)! Our sharks gave everyone a fantastic time in the cage with amazing passes. We were also very lucky to have spotted two separate groups of penguins making their way away from Dyer Island; these guys are always a welcome sight amongst guests! Our subantarctic skuas came dangerously close to leaving a couple of presents on people’s heads today; luckily no one got hit by poo! What a great day... 


 

If you are looking to get up close and personal with the great white shark then Shark 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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