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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 06 June 2012 | Great White Shark Diving in South Africa

Wednesday, June 06, 2012 |  0 Comment Tags: Kelp Gull, Rainbow, 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: “We had such a great time... The staff were great and helpful and the amount of sharks we saw was awesome! Best experience.” Renie and Chaise Pensini.

“Thanks for a great trip! Those guys were amazing! Thanks for wheeling out the 4 meter giants for us!” Tim Hunt.

“Thanks so much! We had an amazing experience. Definitely not something we will ever forget!” Krystal and Mitch Fleischmann.


06/06/2012
Location:
Shark Alley
Water Temperature: 15.6 'C
Depth: 9.4m
Visibility: 5.5m
Number of Sharks: 11
Conditions: Swell and very chilly!

Winter has arrived! We had some chilly conditions on our early launch today, but we also had an awesome sunrise with our launch! The sharks were able to raise the body temperature of several clients which made the cold temperatures bearable! It was great to have such a wide range of shark sizes in front of the cage; ranging from 3 meters all the way to “Slash Fin” who was in the range of 4.8 meters! It’s great to see him still hanging around the Island and even better when he decides to pay us a visit! We were also very fortunate to spend some extra time around Geyser Rock; this allowed us the opportunity to spot African Penguins on two separate occasions! Fantastic wild life in the area...
 

Great White Shark Diving in South Africa 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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