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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 12 July 2012 | White Shark Diving Gansbaai

Thursday, July 12, 2012 |  0 Comment Tags: Bottlenose dolphins, Kelp Gull, 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: “It was amazing! My 8th shark dive and it gets better every time!” Craig Abernelly.

“I had a fantastic day, thanks to everyone at MD for making it happen!” Garry Ward

“The best underwater experience ever! True face to face moment and the best team on board!” Althea and Bianca.

12/07/2012
Location:
Shark Alley
Water Temperature: 14.5 'C
Depth: 4.5m
Visibility: 6.0m
Number of Sharks: 8
Conditions: Swelly and overcast.

Once again we encountered some swelly conditions when making our way out towards Shark Alley, but fortunately the channel provided us the perfect venue for our shark cage diving. We had zero waiting time and our very first shark was the biggest one of the day, a behemoth 4.3 meter individual. It made several passes in the beginning and returned again later for a second and third look at the cage! The seals on Geyser Rock were being particularly noisy today. It would seem that they were not being very appreciative of the fact that we were getting along so well with their enemy! All and all it was a fantastic trip; it was unfortunate that our first group of clients did not get to see the massive pod of bottlenose dolphins which we sighted on our second trip! Sorry guys, this at least gives you an excuse to come visit us again! See you soon...
 



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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