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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 15 June 2012 | Great White Shark Cage Diving South Africa

Friday, June 15, 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: “Fantastic experience! Surprised to find it more amazing then scary. The whole day was very well thought out, ran smoothly and very memorable!” Rachael Cullen.

“Amazing, great weather, great people and Great Whites!!! Thank you for the awesome experience.” Gen Groulx.

“I was terrified before I left the land- then I was so amazed and excited to see the sharks. I forgot about my fear and had a fabulous time!” Allissa East.

15/06/2012
Location:
Geldsteen
Water Temperature: 15.1 'C
Depth: 8.9m
Visibility: 4.0m
Number of Sharks: 9
Conditions: Great sun and flat seas!

Great weather just adds to the shark cage diving experience, especially if you have some warm sunny conditions and flat seas! We had great activity today with some very big girls (sharks) making an appearance, the biggest being about 4 meters in length! We had a female tagged shark sighting; she was giving the most peculiar passes by the cage! She just kept bobbing like a cork, this allowed for some great photo opportunities! Even when we started to hoist the cage out of the water, there still remained several sharks around the boat. They looked like large puppy dogs waiting for a bone :)! Today was another great trip with Marine Dynamics...
 

 

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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