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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 16 July 2012 | White Shark Diving Gansbaai

Monday, July 16, 2012 |  0 Comment Tags: Humpback whale, 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: “A..MAZ...ZING! Best underwater experience I have ever had. Thank you for making the 1st day of this trip so special! Very Happy!” Nicky Riding.

“This was an experience that until now we couldn’t even imagine, what an adventure! The sharks got so close to us! At the end we even got to see a humpback whale. We’ll recommend this to anyone visiting South Africa!” Gemma and Thomas Rose.

“The crew, volunteers and Nicola are GREAT! Awesome service!” Una Henac.

16/07/2012
Location:
South East of Geyser Rock
Water Temperature: 14.8 'C
Depth: 20.7m
Visibility: 7.0m
Number of Sharks: 11
Conditions: Sunny with light swell.


A tremendously successful trip today! We had awesomely active sharks and giant ones too boot! The largest shark was our first one of the day, a massive 4.5 meter female who just kept giving very close passes by the cage. We had two more sharks that were also around the 4 meter margin, the big guns were out and about today! We also had one shark which had a small suckerfish attached to its lower jaw, as you can see on the first picture! After some amazing shark displays we were treated to a final demonstration by a juvenile Humpback Whale. It popped up right in front of the cage to everyone’s amazement and left abruptly thereafter. That was truly the cherry on the cake and a perfect way to end a shark trip! No blue Mondays at Marine Dynamics...

 

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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