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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 06 July 2012 | Cage 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: “Great time and great sharks-better than the documentaries! SICK!” Jessica Rosethorn.

“Your passion and enthusiasm is amazing :). I’m glad that I went!!” Mai Ly Nguyen.

“SICK in the good and never forgetting way!” Motten Rosenland.

06/07/2012
Location:
East of Shark Alley
Water Temperature: 14.3 'C
Depth: 21.0m
Visibility: 8.0m
Number of Sharks: 15
Conditions: Sunny with light swell.

Our research team spent the whole day of yesterday out at sea, in order to find “Slash Fin” and possibly tag him! That’s why I find it very ironic that our 7th shark to arrive at the boat today, after 45 minutes, was none other than the shark himself! It was great that this shark made several passes by the cage on three separate occasions and not just once off like usual. We also had two other sharks that were over the 4 meter mark; really big sharks today! The smaller sharks arrived later on in the trip, of which the smallest one was around 2.9 meters. The guys from Denmark came up with the expression “SICK”, which seemed to become the phrase of the day for every shark sighting! Nice one guys, hilarious trip...
 

 

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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