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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 23 July 2012 | Great White Shark Diving South Africa

Tuesday, July 24, 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: “Excellent combination of conservation, ecotourism and research! Go on!” Constatin Klein.

“Amazing trip! Great visibility and heaps of sharks. Can’t wait for next trip!” Blair Ranford.

“This was nice, visibility clear, water warm and amazing sharks. Fan-Freaking-Tastic!!!” Clayton Niemand.

23/07/2012
Location: Geldsteen
Water Temperature: 14.2 'C
Depth: 13.6m
Visibility: 10.0m
Number of Sharks:
12+16
Conditions: Sunny and awesome.

The best conditions needed to host two very successful trips! If the number of sharks today weren’t good enough, then the sea conditions truly put the icing on the cake. We had some very great sharks on our first trip with several ones being in the range of the 4 meter margin. They were very constant and stayed around the cage for the entire duration of our trip! The second trip had the only tagged shark of the day, “Brenda”, which was especially jumpy today. We had two full breaches on our decoy in pretty spectacular fashion. If you weren’t paying attention to the sharks today, you would have definitely missed that photo opportunity! This means that you have to come join us on the trip again! Great news for you :)! See you soon...
 



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