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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 11 July 2012 | Great White Shark Diving South Africa

Wednesday, July 11, 2012 |  0 Comment Tags: Kelp gulls, 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: “Awesome! It was so cool, the sharks were right next to me and it was so fun!” Tyler Ngugen.

“One more off my bucket list! Unforgettable! Thanks for all that you do.” Mark Hammilton.

“Great trip! Loved the way our captain handled the boat in rough seas. Lots of great sharks!” Rod Lagrone.

11/07/2012
Location: Shark Alley
Water Temperature: 14.4 'C
Depth: 10.0m
Visibility: 7.0m
Number of Sharks: 7
Conditions: Sunny with good swell.

Today was the first time that we were able to go out to sea in the past few days, on account of a bad weather front moving past! We had some wet and windy days, but I am happy to report that the sun was out in full force once again. It definitely was not a flat sea day, but our boat was purposely built for conditions like today and even though we were the only boat on the water, we had an amazing time! Upon our arrival in Shark Alley, Zane was the first one to spot a shark just off the bow of the boat. As soon as the cage was tide onto the boat we started to put our first divers into the water. Our third shark was massive at around 4.3 meters in length; it was unfortunate that this shark did not stick around though! We also had “Nemo” pay as a visit, he looks very well considering he is missing his right pectoral fin as well as the top of his dorsal! Just to put the final cherry on the trip, we hosted a very brief foam party which you can see in the photos. All in a day at Marine Dynamics! We go above and beyond to keep you happy :)...



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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