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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 29 June 2012 | Great White Shark Diving South Africa

Friday, June 29, 2012 |  0 Comment Tags: Kelp Gulls in numbers, 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 experience! Wonderful South African hospitality. Thank you.” Kristen Linnemeyer.

“Wonderful time. Great crew, Pieter was very helpful! Will recommend to my friends and family.” Tommy and Shance Richard.

“We loved it- thank you for such a wonderful day!” Helen and Rodrigo.

29/06/2012
Location:
Shark Alley
Water Temperature: 15.5 'C
Depth: 9.5m
Visibility: 5.0m
Number of Sharks: 9
Conditions: Sunny with swell and some wind.

What a fantastic way to start the morning, with an awesome view of the sunrise while being at sea! Just have a look at the first picture of the trip, that’s exactly what ones soul needs to start the day! Even though there was some strong swell predicted for today, we had an awesome trip! Thanks to our experienced crew on board we were in the perfect place for our diving experience, perfectly protected from any unpleasant weather. The sharks were putting on a wonderful show; however I thought the Kelp Gulls were going to fly away with the boat under their wings! There were hundreds today! We had another tagged shark today and I believe it was ‘Brenda’; it’s great to see that these sharks are still doing well after their tagging experience. We also had a shark with a hook in the right side of its mouth; this should eventually rust out with time. All and all a great trip...
 

If you are looking to get up close and personal with the great white shark then Great White 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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