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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 10 June 2012 | Great White Shark Cage Diving Gansbaai

Sunday, June 10, 2012 |  1 Comment Tags: shark cage diving, Southern Right Whales,

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: “Amazing, once in a lifetime experience. Great crew, everyone was super nice and very accommodating. The sharks were beautiful, as were you Nicola!” Candice Holmes.

“Dit was rerig lekker en mooi gewees, sal definitief weer kom! Baie Dankie!” Rachel Venter.

“I Had a great experience and I learned a lot too! Thanks Nicola and crew!” Lane Kurylo.

10/06/2012
Location:
Gelsteen
Water Temperature: 15.9 'C
Depth: 19.4m
Visibility: 5.0m
Number of Sharks: 8
Conditions: Sunny and awesome!

It was fantastic to see the sun out in spectacular fashion once again, the past few days were just too cold and wet for my liking :)! We had an awesome group of clients on board who were more than eager to see some sharks and boy did we deliver! We barely had the cage tide down when the first shark decided to make its appearance, creating the perfect anticipation for the dive to come! Our first cage was packed with the more scare-prone individuals! As soon as the shark arrived in front of the cage Ryan let out a very girly scream, not to worry my friend it happens to the best of us :)! The largest shark was 3.9 meters in length and gave some fantastic passes! The trip itself was brought to an end in spectacular fashion with the sighting of two Southern Right Whales on our way back! This in conjunction with the Humpback Whales spotted this morning officially opens our whale watching season! This is hopefully just the start of things to come...


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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