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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 22 June 2012 | White Shark Diving Gansbaai

Friday, June 22, 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 tour. Staff were helpful and friendly! Loved it.” Kim Fernandez.

“Loved the dive! Managed to overcome the sea sickness. Great tour :)!” Jordan Philip.

22/06/2012
Location: Wilfred’s Rock
Water Temperature: 13.8 'C
Depth: 15.4m
Visibility: 5.0m
Number of Sharks: 7
Conditions: Overcast with some swell and little wind. 

The weather was significantly warmer today than yesterday; however the water temp has gone done ever so slightly! It’s great that there was very little waiting time needed before the sharks started to arrive on the scene. We didn’t have the massive sharks around the cage today, but we did have some great personalities amongst the 3.7 meter ones. They kept giving some close passes and some nice open jaw photo opportunities. Conditions were very nice at sea, however some people did end up feeling a bit unwell, but well done in making it through it guys! Never the less everyone still got to see a Great white up close and in action! Great stuff guys...
 

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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