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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 15 July 2012 | Great White Shark Cage Diving South Africa

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: “Very impressed with how attentive and caring you all were! A great experience. Thank you.” Loraine Neale.

“I like seeing the sharks! And when I was sick the staff were very helpful.” Harry.

“Never been so sea sick, but nonetheless a great experience and a very professional guide!” Andreas Rufer and Co.

“Absolutely amazing experience. One of the best of my life:)!” Veronica Boyd.

15/07/2012
Location:
Shark Alley
Water Temperature: 13.9 'C
Depth: 10.3 m
Visibility: 7m
Number of Sharks: 5+7
Conditions: Rain with wind and swell.

Wet, wet and wet! We did have quite a bit of rain falling down from the heavens today on both of our trips. It at least counts in our favour in having one of the biggest boats in the industry. This allows us to keep our clients safe and dry in less favourable conditions, unfortunately everyday cannot be sunny! Nevertheless the sharks were still doing what they do best.  On our first trip we had a young English rugby team join us. They were eagerly waiting to see whether these sharks were really bigger than Bakkies Botha or Os du Rant, and yes they were! Our second group had as much to look forward to and were lucky enough to have two more sharks than the previous group. We have been seeing the same two tagged sharks over the past few days and also the same larger sharks! Thanks sharkies...
 

 

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