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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 11 June 2012 | Shark Diving Gansbaai

Monday, June 11, 2012 |  0 Comment Tags: Hagfish, 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: “I had an incredible time and the staff was extremely friendly. Thanks for the amazing experience.” Eric Puente.

“Exceeded expectations in all respects! Well done crew and volunteers!” Norman and Duan Pater.

11/06/2012
Location:
Gelsteen
Water Temperature: 15.9 'C
Depth: 9.4m
Visibility: 10.0m
Number of Sharks: 14
Conditions: Sunny and awesome!

We had some of the best visibility that I have ever seen off these waters today! You know your visibility is fantastic if you are able to see the sea floor clearly and that at 10 meters depth! The sharks arrived in a matter of minutes and stayed throughout. We had the same 6 sharks initially and then the flood gates opened with a frenzy of sharks ranging in sizes from 3.5 meters all the way to massive 4.2 meter females. The weather conditions remained good throughout the trip and only at the very end did we start experiencing some swell on the water. We were also entertained by a hagfish in the water which was having a good time in our chum slick at the back of the boat! Awesome day today...



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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