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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 27 June 2012 | Shark Diving South Africa

Wednesday, June 27, 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: “Best Day Ever!” Cecilia dela Garza.
“Very Cool Experience!” Jane Casey.

27/06/2012
Location:
Shark Alley
Water Temperature: 15.4 'C
Depth: 8.5m
Visibility: 3.0m
Number of Sharks: 12
Conditions: Sunny with swell and wind.

Marine Dynamics was the only boat on the water today which meant we had all the sharks, in Shark Alley, to ourselves. As my father always says; “I’m not greedy, but I want a lot:) !” That applies to sharks as well!  We were good to go, our first sharks eagerly awaiting us in the water. The sharks were giving some nice passes and we had some massive ones that were around the 4.3 meter mark. The sharks were a bit reluctant to breach the surface water for nice above water photos, but the sightings in the cage were nice and up close. Perhaps they will be more jumpy tomorrow... 

 

If you are looking to get up close and personal with the great white shark then Shark Diving in South Africa, 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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