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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 05 July 2012 | Shark Diving South Africa

Friday, July 06, 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: “Absolutely wicked day! Lovely staff and beautiful sharks.” Jooles, Antony and Matthew.

“Great day! Wonderful sightings and perfect organisation. Very helpful and friendly staff, a wonderful experience. Thanks!” Gary, Heiko and Janine.

“An absolutely amazing experience!! Thanks for taking the time to talk with Madison about your program. She’ll be back in 4 years to volunteer!” Zlatko, Helen, Mikhaila and Madison.

05/07/2012
Location:
Wilfred’s Rock
Water Temperature: 14.3 'C
Depth: 15.1m
Visibility: 5m
Number of Sharks: 7
Conditions: Sunny.

We were forced to launch our boat in the afternoon rather than the morning today; this was due to the low tide forcing us to do so. Nevertheless the sharks were waiting for us when we arrived and the first shark was a massive 4.1 meter male shark, not a bad way to start the trip:)! The weather has been a bit cloudy the last couple of days, hence the reason we all have gained a deeper appreciation for sunny days like today. It was an awesome family day on the boat, with one family being the most people from one family that I have had on board! 14 people ranging from very young towards not so young, it is great to see that shark cage diving has become an experience for the entire family. When you kids grow up, you can bring your children to Marine Dynamics :)...
 



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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