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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 20 June 2012 | Shark Diving Gansbaai

Thursday, June 21, 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: “Great experience to see such creatures so up close and personal! Highly recommend it, highly!” Tim and Erma Walker.

“Amazing experience with these beautiful and impressive creatures, and the hospitality of Marine Dynamics. Thanks!” Jordi van de Weerd.

“Incredible experience, which changed my mind set about these beautiful animals! Will do it again.” Jesse Beesems.

20/06/2012
Location: Geldsteen
Water Temperature: 14.4 'C
Depth: 16.0m
Visibility: 5.0m
Number of Sharks: 17
Conditions: Overcast and chilly, with a hint of swell.

Today was definitely the right day for you to have packed in your winter jacket and fortunately enough we had jackets ready for all our guests! The start of our trip took us past Geyser Rock and Dyer Island for some seal viewing; it was here where we got more viewing than we had bargained for! It was truly a sad sight to have seen a Great White Shark dead on the rocks of Dyer Island. The cause of death is as of yet unknown and we are currently in the process of identifying the individual. The trip did carry on to what I think was a spectacular day! We had loads of sharks and the sighting of a massive female which was not only 4 meters in length but had massive girth. I like to refer to her as “The Bus”! What a tremendous day...

 

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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