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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 20 July 2012 | Shark Diving South Africa

Friday, July 20, 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: “Amazing experience! Thank you for the professional service.” Gerard and Haartje.

“Beyond excellent! Wonderful crew. Great boat and fabulous sharks! Thank you all.” Brian and Sharyn.

“Great trip, beautiful sightings. The adventure of a lifetime! Thanks!” Jeroen Smal.

20/07/2012
Location: Shark Alley
Water Temperature: 14.8 'C
Depth: 9.5m
Visibility: 8.0m
Number of Sharks: 11
Conditions: Sunny with wind.

A very early start to the day! Everyone looked like zombies entering the front door of the white house this morning. Thankfully our restaurant staff cooked up a special pot of coffee, extra strong and everyone felt right as rain again! Whoever said that caffeine was bad for your health :)! My favourite part of an early morning trip is definitely the spectacular sights of the surrounding nature! Our sharks did not keep us waiting very long this morning, however some of the individual sharks were a bit sluggish. On the flip side of the coin we had some very active smaller sharks that were leaping out of the water. There was a shark for all types, the people who preferred the slow passes and for the people who came to see some flying sharks. As our dive was coming to an end today we could clearly see the weather changing in front of our eyes, hence the reason we had an early launch this morning! Hope the weather holds out...

If you are looking to get up close and personal with the great white shark then Shark Diving in South Africa, 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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