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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 02 July 2012 | Great White Shark Cage Diving Gansbaai

Thursday, July 05, 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: “This was sweet, the best part was staring a Great White right in the eyes, awesome!” Kevin Schmidt.

“Thanks for a great experience! I really appreciate your conservation efforts so others can continue to enjoy sharks for generations to come!” Andrew Furth.

“Amazing experience! Thanks for the warm hospitality and the conservation efforts.” Clark Yuan.

02/07/2012
Location:
Shark Alley
Water Temperature: 14.9 'C
Depth: 4.9m
Visibility: 6m
Number of Sharks: 10
Conditions: Light rain with some swell.

Today started off with a light drizzle and therefore we decided to get everyone into their wetsuits prior to going down to the boat! We did not want everyone to get their clothes wet so that was the best alternative. We made it easier for everyone by taking them down to the boat with our busses, comfort and safety is what makes us a first class company! We were very surprised to see “Slash Fin” make an appearance today, we all believed that he had wondered off to greener pastures! It would seem that this large 4.2 meter shark just enjoys our company, but no one knows for how long! It’s always great to be anchored in Shark Alley, because it is just so beautiful and full of life. This is Africa, is all I can say...
 

 

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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