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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 28 June 2012 | Cage Diving South Africa

Thursday, June 28, 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: “Wow, what an awesome experience. Granny took care of her 3 grandchildren! Staff excellent everything was great. Well done to all the staff.” Lorrane Van Schalkwyk.

“What an experience, the host was amazing and wonderful volunteers. An amazing experience that I’ll do again. Thank You :).” Maria Cupido.

“Lifetime experience! Really enjoyed this amazing trip! Big thanks to the fantastic crew!” Jeremie Liners.

28/06/2012
Location:
Geldsteen
Water Temperature: 15.6 'C
Depth: 15.7m
Visibility: 5.0m
Number of Sharks: 14
Conditions: Sunny with swell and no wind.

We had a great bunch of people on the boat today, both young and not so young ;)! The sharks were great in their prompt arrival on the scene and the initial sharks were quite large too! They ranged in size from 3.8 – 4 meters and were initially a bit far away, but they soon came in for a closer inspection! We were very lucky to have seen two Pintado Petrels on the water today, these birds are also known as the Cape Petrel. Unfortunately they were a bit far away and I was unable to get a nice photo, perhaps next time! A great day on the water...

 

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