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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 17 July 2012 | Great White Shark Cage Diving Gansbaai

Tuesday, July 17, 2012 |  1 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: “Well worth the trip! Great weather, great sharks, great staff! Thanks!” Jeanette and Pat Gotterill.

“Great staff :)! Even though I didn’t go under the water, it was worth it... The sharks are awesome!” Catherine Ardal.

“Amazing experience, really changed my view on the nature of sharks!” Rachel Mason.

17/07/2012
Location:
Geldsteen
Water Temperature: 14.5 'C
Depth: 10.8m
Visibility: 8.0m
Number of Sharks: 16
Conditions: Sunny with light swell.


The sun has come out today in all its splendour, we have had a couple of really cold days and thankfully today was not one of them. We had a tremendous day of shark viewing; at times we had 5 sharks around the cage at once. If anyone didn’t see a shark today they desperately require prescription glasses fast! The sharks were very relaxed and kept giving us tremendous passes; initially we had the same 7 sharks around the cage. Thereafter the flood gates opened and we started to see more and more and more sharks! “Zane”, “Nemo” and possibly “Lumpy” all made an appearance, its great seeing our regulars at old hangouts! We had a small shark arrive at the very end that had a particular interest in our underwater camera and just kept staring at it; I think Clarence got some amazing footage for our clients. Well done to all...
 

 

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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