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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 29 May 2012 | Cage Diving South Africa

Tuesday, May 29, 2012 |  0 Comment 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: “Beautiful sharks! I won’t forget this experience for the rest of my life!” Linda Engels.

“Definitely a once in a lifetime experience :). Changed my view of the sharks (which were beautiful!)” Laura Brokaw.

29/05/2012
Location:
Shark Alley
Water Temperature: 15.8 'C
Depth: 10.8m
Visibility: 3.5m
Number of Sharks: 13
Conditions: Overcast with rain.

Even though we had some chilly and wet conditions on the boat we had an amazing time! The sharks arrived very promptly and our clients were able to take shelter from the weather on the lower deck behind our protective tarps! The rain was on and off for the most part of the trip. It helps however to be one of the biggest boats in the business, especially on a day like today! Unfortunately, one of our seal decoys fell victim to the open ocean and drifted away towards greener pastures, we will miss him dearly :)! Our biggest shark was about 3.9 meters in length, just shy of the 4 meter mark! A truly phenomenal day with amazing activity! Great stuff... 


 

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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