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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 01 July 2012 | White Shark Diving Gansbaai

Thursday, July 05, 2012 |  0 Comment

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: “Thanks for this great experience! More than I was able to dream! A perfect organisation and a great job Marine Dynamics!” Valery Guennegues.

“Holy Cow! What a fantastic experience! T can’t decide which I liked more, the sharks or the soup afterwards! Kidding! The sharks were amazing! I hope to return in the future! Thank a million.” Samantha Kobs.

“Thank you! We had an absolutely amazing time! Once in a life time experience. Everyone was so helpful and friendly, a fab organisation! Charlotte and Amy.

01/07/2012
Location:
Shark Alley
Water Temperature: 15.2 'C
Depth: 8.0m
Visibility: 6.0m
Number of Sharks: 14
Conditions: Sunny with swell and some wind.



It was a fabulous sunny day in South Africa with awesome people and amazing sharks! Even though the sharks had kept us waiting for a bit, which they haven’t done in a while, they eventually arrived in their full splendour! We had the same six sharks for the majority of the trip, however half way through their buddies started to arrive on the scene. Before we knew it there were heaps of sharks in the water. Even the Australians on board had to admit that our sharks, as well as our Rugby, are just better than down under :)! Today saw the arrival of some of our new volunteer recruits, they look very eager to lend a helping hand in order to make every guests time on board our boat a pleasure! Well done guys and welcome...
 



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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