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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 16 June 2012 | Shark Diving South Africa

Saturday, June 16, 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: “First time diving! Amazing adventure!! Love the conservation aspect of the tour! Thank you.” Carry Humphry.

“Thank you, I had an amazing time! I wasn’t expecting to see so many sharks.” Emily Neuman.

“Had a lot of fun and saw so many sharks!! Guide and staff were very helpful. Thanks!” Kym Kao.

16/06/2012
Location:
Geldsteen
Water Temperature: 14.9 'C
Depth: 18.1m
Visibility: 4.0m
Number of Sharks: 9
Conditions: Overcast with some wind and swell.

We were on the “Love Boat” today and not on “Slash Fin”. We had two honeymoon couples on board as well as a group of friends celebrating a 21st birthday, hence the reason I say that there was lots of love on the boat. Everyone was in high spirits and I believe the guys who stayed out late last night found it a bit more difficult to cope with the swell today :)! The sharks were stupendous and very quick to arrive on the scene. We had another sighting of small “Nemo” today as well as “Lumpy”; both sharks have been spotted on several occasions over the past weeks! It’s always great to see some old friends...

 

If you are looking to get up close and personal with the great white shark then Shark Diving in South 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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