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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 18 June 2012 | White Shark Diving Gansbaai

Tuesday, June 19, 2012 |  1 Comment Tags: Cape Gannet, 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: “Most importantly I felt in safe and competent hands! Very professional but at the same time sooo much fun! The volunteers were fabulous and Nicola was great! Lastly, the sharks were unforgettable!” Susie Burts.

“It was a wonderful experience, thanks for your support, everybody was very kind and professional! Thank you!” Sebastian Giorgetti.

“Absolutely worth it, I love the educational component that comes with the program! I’m happy to support you!” Crystal Galbraith.

18/06/2012
Location
: Geldsteen
Water Temperature: 15.2 'C
Depth: 16.1m
Visibility: 4.0m
Number of Sharks: 10
Conditions: Overcast with some swell.

We were the only shark cage diving company out on the water today, due to the fact that our boat Slash Fin can cope very well with the bigger weather conditions. The conditions at sea were actually quite pleasant and not at all what they predicted on the forecast! We were also very fortunate that the spot we chose today had three sharks already on site when we arrived! I am also so glad that the clients who had dire fears of great whites were converted to the light! They are beautiful animals which deserve our respect and not our fears. We were also treated to a spectacular sight today; a Cape Gannet plunged into the water just a meter from our boat. It barely missed one of our crew members heads as it was chasing after its prey. These birds are remarkable in the fact that they can hit the water at speeds of over a 100 km/h! What a treat to be able to see it in action...

 

If you are looking to get up close and personal with the great white shark then White 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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