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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 23 June 2012 | Great White Shark Cage Diving Gansbaai

Saturday, June 23, 2012 |  0 Comment Tags: shark cage diving, Sothern Right whale, Subantarctic Skua,

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: “I went with another company before, but if I had to score them they would get a 5/10. You guys scored a 15/10 today in every area!! Absolutely awesome! Thanks.” G Jacobs.

“I really loved all aspects of the day! Everyone was friendly and helpful, and I have a new appreciation for sharks! Thanks!” Paul Abraham.

"This was an incredible experience. The staff were all excellent, informative and kind! I loved every minute of it!” Caroline Brown.

23/06/2012
Location
: Geldsteen
Water Temperature: 14.2 'C
Depth: 9.6m
Visibility: 6.0m
Number of Sharks: 13
Conditions: Overcast with some sun later on in the trip.


We could not have asked for a better start to our trip today than the sighting of a Southern Right Whale on route to our dive sight! These are incredible animals, not only for their size but also for their relaxed way of doing things. We could all learn something from how these animals simply just enjoy life! Our sister company, “Dyer Island Cruises”, also had a whale watching trip scheduled with some great sightings. We decided to leave the whales behind and carry on towards our dive sight, where we had action awaiting us! Our second shark was also our biggest one at 4 meters in length and also stayed with the boat for some time! A really great trip with some awesome sightings! Keep it up sharkies...

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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