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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 14 July 2012 | Shark Diving Gansbaai

Sunday, July 15, 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: “I came from East Coast Florida to SA to see a Great White Shark up close and personal!” Erron.

“Brilliant day with an emphasis on protection of the sharks!” Jon Pyrce.

“An experience I have waited for all my life! An awesome day that I’ll never forget thank you all very much for making it a day to remember.” Stuart Millar.

“Truly one of the best experiences I’ve ever had and the whole crew was very professional! Thanks for being a great guide!” Jovi Vy.

14/07/2012
Location
: Geldsteen
Water Temperature: 13.9 'C
Depth: 12.2m
Visibility: 8.0m
Number of Sharks: 10 +14
Conditions: Swelly, overcast.

What a day! We had two very successful trips today even though it was a bit chilly on the water yet again! Our first trip not only offered amazing shark sightings but bird sightings as well! We spotted a large Shy albatross on the horizon soaring through the sky in majestic fashion. Shortly afterwards we were lucky enough to spot a giant petrel as well. We had some people suffering from ‘motion distress’ on both our trips today, but I’m very happy that everyone had a great time nonetheless.  Our second trip played host to her majesty’s navy boys and their family members. A really fun loving bunch of guys. We had two satellite tagged sharks sightings on both trips and both “Betty” and “Nemo” made an appearance. In true impressive fashion the sharks were putting on a phenomenal aerial display with their energetic leaps after our decoy! It was great to see...
 



If you are looking to get up close and personal with the great white shark then 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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