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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 21 June 2012 | Great White Shark Cage Diving South Africa

Friday, June 22, 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: “Awesome experience! Nicola is an incredible guide, an absolute professional approach. Excellent service and 200% worth what we paid!” Rajiv Sheth.

“Nicola you could communicate to all of us so easily. We had a memorable experience. Entire volunteer team were very helpfull and caring. Cheers!” Parag Cheda.

“The most beautiful experience of my life! I actually made eye contact with the shark! Marine Dynamics is the place to be!” Kairah Sheth.

21/06/2012
Location:
Geldsteen
Water Temperature: 14.4 'C
Depth: 17.4m
Visibility: 5.0m
Number of Sharks: 22
Conditions: Overcast and chilly


Nothing short of incredible, that’s exactly how I would describe the entire day at Marine Dynamics! The morning started off early with us having to collect a dead Great White Shark off of Dyer Island, this made for some very labour intensive efforts from some of our crew members. I took my leave (just before the hard work started :) ) in order to collect our clients for our shark trip that was scheduled for that very afternoon! After briefing the clients on what to expect on the water I was pleased to be able to show them the remains of the shark in the harbour! Believe me, after today’s shark activity they all prefer to see this amazing animal alive and free rather than dead. I took some pictures of the deceased shark, however I have handed it over to one of my colleagues who will be making a full press release in the near future! So watch this space...

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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